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is it possible to install a partition on a computer with two hardrives? Answered


hello,

firstly, im not asking what you think,
to instal two different operating systems on two different hardrives. Thats wrong, what i want to know is, is it possible to install a partition operating system, on a computer that uses two hard drives?
ive been told that i cant.

what i want to do is i want to install windows XP on my gaming laptop, which has a divided 1Tb HD, which at the moment struggles to play my favourite game "The movies" which doesnt go well on windows 7, while obviously keeping windows 7.
Everyone i ask seems to think it cant be done, which is odd, and they give very strange reasons as to why, none which immediately come to mind, but they made no sense.

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lemonie

Best Answer 8 years ago


Both drives could be partitioned.
Both drives could be bootable / dual-bootable.

What exactly do you want?
And what "strange reasons" have you been given...?

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oldmanbeefjerkylemonie

Answer 7 years ago

what i want is to simply be able to install windows XP partition on my computer, and use it.
One reason i was given, by a few people i talked to, was that the second hard drive was for backups and such, and that an operating system could never be run off it because it would just never work, which sounded a bit odd.
I really couldnt care less about which hard drive XP is loaded on to, so long as it will work. currently the second hard drive is blank exept for a few system files which look like backup files of some sorts made when i originally backed up windows when i first got the laptop.
of course, once i run out of memory on one drive, all files will be written to the other, as if it was a single drive, just filling up.

But if installing windows XP could muck up windows 7, perhpas it might be safer to install it on the other hard drive.

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lemonieoldmanbeefjerky

Answer 7 years ago

I haven't done this with a laptop, but you should be able to set both drives in the boot-list - see if you can in BIOS.
You'd then need dual-boot software to give a choice of OS at start-up.

"the second hard drive was for backups and such, and that an operating system could never be run off it because it would just never work," sounds like a person doesn't know, but they don't believe it's possible.

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oldmanbeefjerky

7 years ago

does that mean that during the installation, it just wont be able to go from one drive to the other if one fills up? because i have over 100gb free memory, so that shouldnt be a problem!

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Burf

8 years ago

Truthfully, your question doesn't make much sense to me the way it is written. You say you have dual HDD's, in a laptop. I know there are a few laptops with dual HDDs, but they aren't common. Then you say the the laptop has a "divided 1Tb HD," which leads me to conclude you have a single HDD with dual platters; two 500 Gb platters designed to act as one.
Most 2.5 inch HDDs spin at 5400 rpms and have an 8 Mb cache. Not a fireball by any stretch but adequate for most laptop applications.
I'm not familiar with the game you mention but I am going to assume it is graphics intensive, which means that you need to increase the speed at which the machine operates in order to keep up with the software. Not any easy thing to do with a laptop. You likely need a faster CPU, a better graphics card, a lot of memory, and to a lesser extent, an HDD with faster read/write speeds.
Since in almost all laptops the CPU and the graphics card are built into the mobo, that leaves you with only two real options, install as much memory as your laptop can take and install a faster HDD with a larger cache.
Modifying the partitions in the way you are thinking; designating the platter on which the program will be installed, even if it were technically feasible which I doubt, isn't going to appreciably affect the overall speed of the system.
My suggestions are; install as much memory as possible and install a faster (not necessarily larger) HDD with a 16 Mb cache or as an alternative an SSD. Even then, because of the limitations of the CPU and the graphics card, success isn't guaranteed.

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oldmanbeefjerkyBurf

Answer 7 years ago

its not speed i meant, its the operating system, the game just doesnt seem to work well on windows 7, wheras it works perfectly on windows XP. Also, i own a qosmio X505, so its very difficult, expensive, and pointless to upgrade, considering my laptop is close to having the highest possible specs (HDD capacity, CPU power , Ram ect), a laptop can have.

Also yes, my harddrive is two 500gb harddrives desinged to act as one.

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frollard

7 years ago

moreso, older os' tend to muck up the boot sector/boot loader that decides what os to load.

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thegeeke

8 years ago

You can, but I would use a linux program called gparted. You can get a copy of knoppix and run it off of the cd so that you don't have to install it. Knoppix has gparted and some other nice troubleshooting tools on it.

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frollard

8 years ago

+1.

Make sure to install operating systems in ascending order of 'age' -- older osses are too dumb to know that they have sequels, and tend to break stuff (like if you installed win98 over winxp it would nuke a bunch of xp stuff and neither would work.

So in this case, install xp, then 7. 7 installer will see xp and ask which partition (is to be created) and it is to be installed on