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Old 12-20-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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Dual Booting, Use of Tray


Hi

Mine is a Home built P4 2.5, PATA.

I have used trays to hold internal HD to boot the pc.

I am considering using multiple OS including Fedora. I have plenty of EIDE HDs & trays.


Is it a good practice to use HD in tray which decides what OS to boot? The trays are IDE capable. Should there be any concern of speed loss?

The tray does have fans - I used it before on Win 2000pro and no probs. I did have a issue with WinXP on one of the trays - its unstable when booting and when I removed the particular tray the prob gone.

What everyone else is doing for dual boot? I am a bit concerned about sw issues on one HD for dual boots .

I might also install Apple OS?

Thanks
 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:09 PM   #2
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Works great. When I was doing private support I had a lot of them. Win3.11, 95, 98, xp, xp pro, Os/2, and RH. Sometime the contacts get a little bent, that is usually when they get flaky. As long at the trays are rated for the speed of the machine there should be no slowdown. Using trays gives one 100% assurance that the OSs cannot effect each other.

The apple thing will be more difficult(nothing to do with trays).

Have Fun
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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Works great. When I was doing private support I had a lot of them. Win3.11, 95, 98, xp, xp pro, Os/2, and RH. Sometime the contacts get a little bent, that is usually when they get flaky. As long at the trays are rated for the speed of the machine there should be no slowdown. Using trays gives one 100% assurance that the OSs cannot effect each other.

The apple thing will be more difficult(nothing to do with trays).

Have Fun
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Thanks and I very much appreciate.

I got these trays a while back - maybe 4-6yrs ago - they are plastic.

Is there a way to check the speed rating - I don't think that there is anything written on it - from memory they are like IDE or DMA 133!
 
Old 12-20-2007, 03:14 PM   #4
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Reality is that it will be easier just to check your actual speed. Have a look at "man hdparm", something like hdparm -t /dev/sda (as best I can remember). That will tell you what speed you are actually running at.

Good Luck
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:29 AM   #5
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hi i have a cabinet in which hardisk is fitted ...
but i have never seen these trays...
how can tray effect the speed of hard disk .Plz explain?????/
 
Old 12-21-2007, 02:04 PM   #6
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If the hardware in the tray is only capable of a slower speed than the HD then it may slow down the transfer speed. Just like using a slower cable. Here is an example of what we are talking about:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817119503

Not saying that this one is good, bad, or otherwise.
 
  


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