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two hard drives

Posted on 2000-01-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
If I put another hard drive in my computer, as a slave, can I put another
operating system on it such as win nt or novell 5?
Question by:wilken48
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Yes, but you need a boot manager.

NT has one included (but the active boot partiton must be fat16 or NTFS fr it to work)

Or you could use the bootmanager included in partition magic. Or there are several freeware/shareware ones (Bootstar and others)

But i would stick to the one included with partition magic.

Expert Comment

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yes, you should be fine.....If you have a CD-RW then put that as the master on the secondary IDE cable and the  hard drive as the slave, this will be better for the CD-RW's performance. If you only have a DVD-ROM or CD-ROM then it doesn't matter too much what order you put things in, the hard disk should probably be the master as it is faster than an optical drive.

You want to make sure your power supply is about 400w because it would be two much if it was 300w
But just to be on the safe side keep the disks on seperate cables, you'll get better performance  as well if they aren't on the same cable.

ps. I'm only giving you option wither or not if you want to make you're cd-rw as the master... but if you're going to put a os.. it is best to make that master as well

good luck!

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