How-to Dual Boot Windows and Linux on a
System with both Sata and IDE Drives
Scenario 1: You have a system with IDE and sata drives installed and
want to dual boot Windows and Linux.
Scenario 2: You want a sata system only with Windows and Linux
- Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Motherboard (nForce
AC97 Audio with dual onboard LAN)
- AMD Sempro 2500+ processor
- Seagate ST1200023A 120 gig ide drive
- Seagate ST340810A 80 gig hard drive
- Western Digital WD25000JD-80H sata drive
- 512 mb DDR 2100 RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 2 MX400 video card
- KDS Rad-5 LCD Monitor
- D-Link DWL-G520 wireless PCI card
Introduction (Scenario 1):
On my system, I already had Windows XP installed on my primary master
drive, with various distros of Linux on each drive on the system. I
decided that I wanted Windows XP on the sata drive and also multiboot
to each distro.
I have a full installation cd of Windows XP Corporate Edition with does
not have native drivers for my Silicone sata chipset built in.
For this method, do not
remove your ide drives from the system.
- A full cd version of Windows XP
- PartitionMagic Version 8 (optional)
- A floppy disk containing sata drivers for your
- Windows XP already installed on your primary master drive
- The installation disk of your Linux distro where grub was
originally installed from. For me, it was SuSE 10 beta 2.
Installation of XP on the sata Drive:
I downloaded the Silicone sata drivers from the Asus site to a fat32
partition on my ide drive. You can just copy the inf and sys files to
the root of the floppy disk to use during the XP installation, to allow
XP to load the drivers at the setup screen.
1. Load the windows XP cdrom disk in your cdrom drive.
2. Boot your system
3. At the initial setup screen, you will see a prompt on the bottom of
the screen to load additional drivers. Press F6 and follow the
instructions. Choose "s" to load the drivers from the floppy diskette.
Make sure that the driver diskette is in your floppy drive.
4. When the XP setup lists the driver(s) on the disk, pick the
appropriate driver and allow the installation to proceed.
5. At the partitioning screen, choose your sata drive from the list.
Mine was clearly labeled as disk 2.
6. You have some options here. Windows will give you the option to
leave the current filesystem intact, or format the partition as NTFS or
fat. I chose to format the drive at NTFS, as I already had a fat32
filesystem, but had files on the partition that I did not need.
7. Allow the formatting to proceed and the initial installation to take
place. After the initial files are installed, Windows will
You will get the Windows boot screen with your new installation labeled
as the first choice. Choose the first option and allow the installation
***Realize that the Windows installation will over-write your MBR with
the new settings, modifying your boot.ini file. This is fine, as you
can recover your old grub file later on, if grub is installed on the
MBR, as mine was.
You now have two versions of Windows XP on your system, one on the
primary master ide drive, and one on your sata drive. This is useful,
as you can look at your boot.ini file later on to orient yourself to
where the boot.ini file is looking for both your Windows installations.
Hint: Windows XP has a nice feature
that transfers your driver setting and document files, if you want, to
your new XP installation. Boot back into your old Windows installation
and choose Start-->All Programs-->
Tools--> Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Click on the check
that saves your current settings (old computer). Save your settings, as
you wish, to a convenient place on your hard drive, preferably a shared
drive. This way you can point to this directory to retrieve your old
settings and files when booted into your new installation.
Page 2: Recovering
your Linux installations