Dual boot only with DVD

#1
Had a working dual boot win 7 64bit and xp32, now can only get a a successful dual boot if win 7 dvd in drive, xp32 installled on disk 0, win 7 installed on disk 1, bios does not allow reordering of drives, disk management has disk 1 win7 part as system, active, primary, and disk 0 as primary active,tried startup repair via win 7 install dvd;

entry settings as shown by EasyBCD as follows:


Default: Windows 7

Timeout: Skipped

Boot Drive: C:\


Entry #1

Name: Windows 7

BCD ID: {current}

Drive: C:\

Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe


Entry #2

Name: Microsoft Windows XP

BCD ID: {0f9fb446-5397-11e1-8681-bcee90ba557d}

Drive: F:\

Bootloader Path: \NST\easyldr1


Windows 7 set as default


Anyone have a suggestion on how to proceed?
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#2
Dell PC ?
The idiocy of not allowing a re-ordering of the HDD boot order, can be circumvented by simply swapping the HDD data cables between the two drives, either at the HDD end or the mobo end, whichever is more convenient.
Thus the BIOS continues to boot from what it thinks is the enforced drive whilst actually being directed to the other.
 
#3
Dell PC ?
The idiocy of not allowing a re-ordering of the HDD boot order, can be circumvented by simply swapping the HDD data cables between the two drives, either at the HDD end or the mobo end, whichever is more convenient.
Thus the BIOS continues to boot from what it thinks is the enforced drive whilst actually being directed to the other.
Thank you Terry for your response,Yes this is a Dell Precision 490, however I cannot switch cables as the Drive (0) is a 7 pin sata connector and the DVD drive uses a what appears to be a be 40 pin ribbon.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#4
No, swap the cables of the two HDDs, leave the DVD alone.