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Installing W2000 on a Second Hard Drive

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Is it possible to install W2000 on a second hard drive (not a partition) whilst the bootup drive (C:/) is running Me and have the choice of which drive (OS) to boot up to?
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d1985941,

Yes, you can make a dual boot of WinMe (C drive) and Win2000 (e.g D drive which is the first partition of your second hard disk).

Just follow the setup of Window2000. Select Install a new copy of Windows 2000 (Clean Install).

At the Advance Options after entering the product key, checked the box
[x] I want to choose the installation partition during Setup.

If you want to copy all Setup files from the Setup CD to the hard drive, checked the box
[x] Copy all Setup files from the Setup CD to the hard drive.

OK.

After copying all files, the computer will restart into text mode setup for you to make format and partition.
Then restart and continue the GUI mode setup.

During this stage of restart, you will note that there is a dual boot mode of
      -  Windows 2000 Professional setup  (Windows 2000 professional setup)
      -  Windows      (Windows Me)

Select the Windows 2000 Professional setup to continue the setup.

Finally, setup is finished.

You will enter into dual boot mode again.
      -  Windows 2000 Professional  (Windows 2000 professional )
      -  Windows      (Windows Me)

Window Me is on C drive and Windows 2000 Professional  is on the D drive which is the first partition of your second hard disk.

Now, the default primary booting OS is Windows 2000 Pro.

If you want to make the default primary booting OS is Windows Me. Use notepad to edit the boot.ini at the root of C drive. Boot.ini is a system hidden file.

Change the default to as following line and save the file.
default=C:\

Let me know how you made it out.

Patricia / pslh

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Commented:
Thanks Patricia,

Worked a treat and I kinda worked it out for myself but your comments allowed me the confidence that I did it right. Thanks again

Rob
Rob, You're welcome!  ;o)      Patricia

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