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How to set up dual boot for two hard drives?

I have a friend's computer with two hard drives installed. I would like to set it up for dual-boot so that she will have the choice of which drive to boot on.
• One drive has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and came with the new computer
• The drive from her old computer has Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit
• Computer is a HP Pavilion p63101 with 2GB RAM

When I received the computer both drives were connected and apparently the old XP drive was set as the primary. When I booted it up the first time the USB mouse and USB keyboard would not work and there was an error message that stated that Windows strongly recommended not continuing with the installation of the drive because it had not passed some compatibility test.

I disconnected the power from the old drive and removed a red cable from it that was connecting it to a SATA port on the motherboard.

I rebooted the machine again and it successfully booted into Windows 7. Everything has worked fairly smoothly to this point.

My friend wants the computer to be able to boot into XP so that she can continue using an ancient printer that has not been supported for years (ALPS MD-1000). Because of the error message I was seeing before I am hesitant to try and reinstall the drive. Also, I am not certain how to set everything up to allow her to boot into the OS of her choice.

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My freind, you can boot from two hdd inside the same computer. You can only boot from the primary HDD. What you need to do is install both Windows 7 and XP on the primary hdd in different partitions. Then when you boot the system it will give you the option for booting to both XP and 7. You dont even need the secondary hdd unless you are looking to have more storage space.

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