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2HDD DualBoot - W8 (already installed) + XP (newly cloned)

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    2HDD DualBoot - W8 (already installed) + XP (newly cloned)


    Hello,

    i need to help with this problem. I am using Windows 8 as primary OS (SSD). Until now i was using VirtualBox to run Windows XP. Since i want to play few older 3D games, which are totally incompatible with new systems, i decided to fully install XP on my external drive (eSATA).

    So i cloned existing XP partition from VB's .VDI to newly created partition on external drive. Now i need to make it bootable with option after PC's start which system i want to choose.

    I was wondering that i can use some boot-repair utilities to make XP's partition bootable, but i dont want to risk if that can mess up W8's boot...

    Thanks in advance for any hints.

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    Welcome. Not an easy thing to do, although I have seen claims it can be done. Google on "bootable external drive xp."
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    Thanks for your reply, but note that its not USB external drive that i am using, but eSATA. Which is fully usable to install and use systems on it.

    I just need to know how to add that cloned XP partition to the W8's boot manager.

    OR if i can use boot-repair software to make XP partition bootable then switching between systems by selecting particular drive to boot in BIOS.
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    You are welcome. I said nothing about USB. Anyway, I have not done what you want to do (maybe someone who has will reply), but there are quite a few pages that show up when I google "bootable esata drive xp." There appear to be quite a few "issues" WRT eSATA/xp even though you say "... eSATA .... Which is fully usable to install and use systems on it." Maybe, however, one of these pages will help you do what you want.
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    Well after searching what you typed it found mainly informations about USB external drives. Anyway its true that i used it for running Windows 7, not XP, but AFAIK if you have native eSATA port (which i do) there should be no problems.

    I hope its ok to quote user from another forum:

    Anyhow, yes, you can boot XP from an eSATA drive. Many notebooks only have eSATA drives. My desktop boots from an eSATA drive, and I did not need to do anything special to make that happen.

    It all depends on what type of SATA controller you have and how the BIOS handles the SATA drives.

    The general demarcation is if the SATA controller is part of the motherboard chip-set, or a separate controller.

    If the SATA controller is part of the chip-set, you should have no problem installing XP to a boot drive connected to a SATA port. You do need to verify that the SATA controller is in the boot sequence, and that the correct drive is set as the boot drive. You may not even need to install drivers.

    If the SATA controller is on a separate controller chip or card, then you do at a minimum need to install the driver. For some of the on-board SATA controller chips, you need to enter the controller BIOS (after the normal POST) and configure the drive as a RAID volume. Even for just a single drive.
    I am going to turn off AHCI for eSATA port, then try to make that XP partition bootable, i just hope it wont mess booting capabitlity of my main (W8) drive...
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    I hope it works for you. Let us know how it goes.
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    I don't know if this will help you, but this is what I did to rebuild Windows 8's boot records and detect and add Windows 7 to it. I had a successful Win 7 / Win 8 dual disc/dual boot setup, but broke it after restoring the Win 8 image from an Acronis backup.

    Windows 8 Boot Issues? Try Fixing the Master Boot Record (MBR) or Boot Configuration Data (BCD) - TechSpot

    The instructions at the link used the following commands to scan for existing Windows installations and rebuild the boot records.

    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /scanos
    bootrec /rebuildbcd
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    You should be able to add XP to boot menu by using EasyBCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlo View Post
    Thanks for your reply, but note that its not USB external drive that i am using, but eSATA. Which is fully usable to install and use systems on it.

    I just need to know how to add that cloned XP partition to the W8's boot manager.

    OR if i can use boot-repair software to make XP partition bootable then switching between systems by selecting particular drive to boot in BIOS.

    Hi there

    1) Create XP partition on your external device -- you probably only need around an 8GB partition. Use DISKPART to create the partition. Use the rest of the disk as a second partition - will be accessible by both the XP system and the W7/W8 system if that's running at the time the device is plugged into the computer.

    2) Create a GRUB boot loader on the esata device.

    3) Create a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk -- note NOT a Virtual machine) of your Windows XP system.

    4) Now get GRUB bootloader to boot, load the VHD and now boot XP from the VHD.

    You should have a fully functioning XP system operating from your e-sata device.

    However I found THIS old tutorial -- You need your Windows XP disk - but this appears to work -- uses BARTBE (still avialble) for installation. I haven't tested this myself yet as I don't have any use for an External Disk XP system. I use Windows to Go these days.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/g6i9t1b1ww...elTutorial.htm

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 20 Mar 2013 at 05:50.
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