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Old 11-05-2003, 02:16 AM   #1
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Quadruple Boot on Two HDD

Hi all,

Currently I have one HDD, dual booting xp and mandy. Let's say this is HDD1. HDD1 is connected to the primary master IDE. I also have one CD burner (ROM1), connected to secondary master.

Recently I got my hands on a second HDD (HDD2), and a second CD ROM (ROM2). I would like to install xp and linux on HDD2 as well, so that I will have four bootable partitions. I would also want to install the second CD ROM for faster CD to CD copying.

Now the question is, how do I do this? Which IDE setting should each device go? I've heard that a slave drive won't be bootable, but others say that Bootmagic (which I have) can do the trick.

Basically I have two options, and I need comments:

Option 1:

Primary Master IDE: HDD1
Primary Slave IDE: HDD2
Secondary Master IDE: ROM1
Secondary Slave IDE: ROM2

Option 2:

Primary Master IDE: HDD1
Primary Slave IDE: ROM1
Secondary Master IDE: HDD2
Secondary Slave IDE: ROM2

Which one will work? Which one won't? Which one will give me max speed and performance?

Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks,


Last edited by okleydo; 11-05-2003 at 02:18 AM.
Old 11-05-2003, 06:01 AM   #2
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When anyone has two HDDs, they should *always* both go on the primary IDE channel. This will give max performance. I believe that having 2 xp partitions is unecessary, but that is up 2 u.
Old 11-05-2003, 06:01 AM   #3
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Remember to put the faster drive on master: this way, the slower drive wont affect the faster drive's speed.


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