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PART 2: Installing multiple Operating Systems on a Clean Unformatted Drive.

Maybe you installed a brand new hard drive in your laptop or desktop computer, or maybe you just got tired of your old setup and wiped your drive clean intentionally . . . or perhaps you were one of the unfortunates who succumbed to a malware infection that left you no alternative. Regardless of the reason, you now have the chance with a new or cleaned drive to set-up multiple operating systems on your hard drive.

There are many ways to do this, however the followiing steps represent the easiest and most trouble-free results no matter which multiple OS combination you decide to try.

You will either need 1) Access to an Internet connected computer with a working CDROM with Write capability and a blank CDR or CDRW . . .

-- OR --

2) A Live CD copy of Parted Magic (my personally recommended partition solution. Its totally free, open source, and a useful tool to rescue data, format a hard drive, USB and more) You can get the latest version of Parted Magic using the following URL:

http://partedmagic.com/download.html The download is available for either a bootable USB Flash Drive or CDROM.

Make sure your computer's start-up is set to boot first from either USB or CDROM (whichever you are using) Parted Magic will load into your system memory and eject the CDROM when complete.

Set the size of your Partitions according to your preference and/or space requirements. Remember to use NTFS or FAT32 as the disk format for any partitions intended to hold Windows operating systems . . . HFS+ Mac Systems. For the sake of this How-To, we are going to make 2 separate "Primary NTFS" partitions of equal size. Once you have set-up and applied your hard drive partition instructions, you can insert your Windows installation (or other OS media) into the CDROM or DVD drive and reboot the machine.

You should be able to follow the normal installation instructions from the install media. Just remember to install each operating system on a separate partition.

Once thing to remember with Windows operating systems: In order to make sure the bootloader gives you the correct options on which Operating System you wish to boot to, its best to always install the most RECENTLY released version of Windows FIRST. For example, on a dual install of Windows XP and Vista, perform the Vista installation first for best results.

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had hard drive wiped and noew dont have wifi drivers and cant install them

You should be able to find them on the site of the manufactuar of the laptop or wifi card. You need to give more information if you want a better answer. What type of computer or laptop is it? What's the brand? maybe then I can provide you a link to the right drivers.
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My Dell 531S will not boot past the BIOS (Dell logo) screen. At first I thought it was the hard drive, since it wasn't recognizing anything connected to SATA port 1. Since then I have purchased a new hard drive and acquired a corporate version on Windows XP (my computer had Vista before, but the recovery partition is inaccessible) but the DVDROM drive isn't accessing the disk. I followed the steps on Dell's troubleshooting page and disconnected my RAM and hard drive, reseating everything carefully and trying again, but no results. Another problem I noticed is the BIOS setup screen inststs on reading a 1.44 floppy drive (I don't have one) and the computer won't give the option to go to setup with the floppy drive disabled. Any thoughts?

It seems like you have multiple problems:

1. DVD-ROM drive not accessing the disk

2. unable to "disable" the "floppy" drive in BIOS SETUP

3. not recognizing anything connected to SATA1 port

It's time to take your computer to a qualified technician, for professional trouble-shooting.

Is your DELL computer still under warranty? If so, exercise the warranty.

Or, maybe you should just remove the "new" disk-drive, the RAM, the DVD-drive, and then responsibly "recycle" the old computer, and purchase a brand-new system, repurposing the disk/RAM/DVD components.

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Hp Pavilion a1220n -- Copy file errors when Installing windows

Maybe I can help;
When I install a new hard drive I like to re-install the operating system (OS) as well. Unfortunatly this wipes out all your files.
Typically when files do not copy it's either because they're in use or the media (your new hard drive) is not formatted properly.
Note, formatting erases everything on the drive being formatted.
Instruction for this are easy to find online but are all done for you if you use the OS install CD which will walk you through the setup, formatting, and partitioning.

If you have a way to save your files to another drive such as a usb thumb drive, external hard drive, cd or dvd, I would go about it that way. There's usually alot of uneeded files created by the operating system after a period of time and there's no sense in keeping them. They only slow your system down.

One other thing you can consider if you don't have an external hard drive is purchasing a hard drive enclosure for your old hard drive. You can find them at Best Buy. I paid about $30. Its just a case and usb cord you can use as an external hard drive and also copy any files you can still access on this old drive over to your new one.

Let me know if this helps you

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