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IDE Drive Recognised by BIOS not by Operating Systems

Q: IDE Drive Recognised by BIOS not by Operating Systems

Hi A couple of months ago the system drive on one of my old PCs suddenly stopped working - not particularly Operating by Systems by BIOS Recognised Drive not IDE surprising given that it s about years old I swapped it out and left it until I had IDE Drive Recognised by BIOS not by Operating Systems time to try to pull the data off it It s a GB Western IDE Drive Recognised by BIOS not by Operating Systems Digital Caviar WD AB- CDB EIDE drive Now when I connect it to the secondary IDE bus on my PC it does seem to spin up and the BIOS recognises it no problem but neither Windows XP Disk Manager nor Slackware Linux cfdisk do This is not a situation I ve come across before disk recognised by BIOS but not the O S Does anybody know what the problem might be and what I can do to try to resolve it I have been pretty careful with its usage over the years eg not having a paging file which I guess is why it has lasted so long but I don t really need to use it any more - I would just like to pull the data off it if possible without incurring significant expense Edit I forgot to say on bootup SMART reports no problems Thanks very much g nbsp

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A: IDE Drive Recognised by BIOS not by Operating Systems

Hey 3g. I've never been in that situation myself, I do believe the BIOS only reads parameters about the drive that it gets from the preprogrammed circuits in the drive, whereas Windows is trying to actually read data off the drive and can't. Is the drive configured correctly for where it's placed with it's jumper pins?. You may want to run a diagnostic test on the drive from the link below
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What I am asking is: How do I get the device manager to recognise the wireless card within the 32bit system?
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Cheers guys.

A:Two operating systems but wireless card not recognised on one...

Try updating your drivers for Dell Inspiron 5010 here:
Dell - Drivers and Downloads
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A:Updated BIOS. Now the computer is trying to boot into old operating systems.

Since you built this computer I'm guessing that you have the installation disc for Windows 7?
I'm also going to guess that you have all of your important data backed up for the installation of Windows 7.
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A:Two Operating Systems, One Drive

.Prodigy.: Please see the following link for information on changing the boot option by configuring the boot.ini.How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XPFrom the link above...Edit the Boot.ini FileTo view and edit the Boot.ini file:1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.-or-Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.3. Under System Startup, click Edit.Another link with additional info. Additional information and help with the boot.ini.Hope that helps,
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A:[SOLVED] 2 operating systems on c drive .

and welcome to the Forum

If you did a "Custom Installation" . . the files from the XP installation will be in a folder on the C drive named windows.old . . once you are sure you have saved the files you cherish, that folder can be deleted
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There's no way to specify a PARTITION of a hard drive in the BIOS - Boot Sequence. Is there?

A:can operating systems be put on different partitions of the same drive?


Originally Posted by haskellbob

Is it possible to partition a hard drive and install Windows on more than one partition - even if so, which partition does the computer use to boot up then?

There's no way to specify a PARTITION of a hard drive in the BIOS - Boot Sequence. Is there?


Are you trying to create a 'dual boot'?

If so, then yes you can install the O/S in a separate partition.
When the computer boots up you will be given the choice of which system to boot from....the 'normal' first O/S boot is from the C: Drive.

Having said that, you may encounter problems with the EULA and validation, as Windows? might consider that as the O/S is already installed on one partition; the second 'installation' would be regarded as a "rogue" or "counterfeit" operation.
This would have to be clarified with your local Microsoft? Support Office by telephone.
However, if it is to be a totally different O/S; such as, for example, Windows Me? on C: and say Xp Home on D:...that way there are two different Product Keys in use and Windows? would regard it as a totally separate installation.

Hopefully I haven't complicated the issue too much for you.

Please clarify your intentions, as there may be another explanation as well.

Kind Regards,
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A:One Computer Using 2 Different Operating Systems On 2 Different Drive

Yes, however if the old Dell XP is an OEM version (almost all OS supplied with a PC from a PC Vendor is an OEM version), the OEM version is only legally licensed for the PC it was delivered with.

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Do a search for the file boot.ini and copy (with notepad) results here, then we can delete either one.
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A:having 2 windows7 operating systems in same drive

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Perhaps its better to start again? Follow this exactly, and you cannot go wrong:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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were they installed or just copied?
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A:How to install Multiple Operating Systems on one hard drive

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A:Install multiple operating systems from single USB drive

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A:Multiple operating systems (install Vista on an external drive?)


Well that depends if you have the Windows Vista installation disk. So, do you have the Vista Install disk?

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A:2 Operating Systems (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Welcome to TSF!!!


I am going to move your thread to the Windows XP forum. The folks over there will have a better idea how to set you system up and the like.

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A:DVD-drive not recognised in BIOS, Vista freezing at startup

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A:Solved: Missing Operating System - RAID Drive - Show up in BIOS

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A:please help me i have 2 operating systems

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A:2 Operating Systems

Careful! Here is an excellent tutorial for that;
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A:2 operating systems?

How to install windows 98.

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A:Two operating systems?

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A:Different Operating Systems

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A:Two operating systems

Ordinarily, they have been auto-formatted into two different partitions on the one hard drive. If you know you don't have two partitions, scroll to the bottom of this post and step 2 is there. If you do have two partitions, or you're not sure, complete step one.

1.Go to:

Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

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Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > System

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What firewall are you using?
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A:regarding RAM for 32 bit Operating Systems

Quote: Originally Posted by BlackFusion

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U can Edit the boot.ini file.
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Those are applications..I would leave them having office can be rather nice

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A:Two operating systems

just insert your xp disk. When it gets to the screen where you select the drive/partition to install on, you can format both drives from there.

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Format Command (Recovery Console)
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Hi the803,

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You will need to edit boot.ini and remove the additional entry.

Your boot.ini will look similar to this one

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NOTE: Make a back up of your boot.ini prior to make changes. Making the incorrect changes will prevent your system to boot to windows.

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A:Two operating systems

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A:2 operating systems

You will need to edit boot.ini and remove the additional entry.

Your boot.ini will look similar to this one

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

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Hi jshimmy and Welcome to the forums.
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Looks pretty simple here:

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A:Multiple Operating Systems

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