Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

By tommybee ยท 4 replies
Jan 25, 2011
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  1. my issue is so like other posts but a smidge different. my dell 1735 has two hdd bays. i stripped my original hdd and loaded it with ubuntu. i placed it in my secondary bay and hooked it up. i recieved another hdd from dell, preloaded with vista and put it into the primary "original" bay. How do i boot up my secondary hdd? i think i may be missing the forest through the trees. thank you. sincerly, tommybee.
  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    you need to set up your system to dual boot.

    just google "dual booting vista and ubuntu" and you'll find lots of guides on how to get you set up.
  3. tommybee

    tommybee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dual boot dual hdd's

    Thanks for that.....but thats what i did before i came to this site .....and i discovered on this site similar issues like mine but as i mentioned all a smidge different..but close. i have a laptop with two seperate hardrives....two different os' on each hdd. by default when i initially boot up it goes into vista. is there a way to get an option on my initial boot to choose my secondary drive...similar to grubs' menu on a single partioned disc...letting you choose between os's. thank you all for your input..sincerly, tommybee.
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I never set up a dual boot Ubuntu / Windows computer, just Ubuntu alone, or Vista / Seven, so anything I'd suggest would be me just regurgitating stuff I found on Google.

    Have you tried this?
  5. tommybee

    tommybee TS Rookie Topic Starter


    just wanted to say thankyou for the tip on 'easy bcd' . it was just what i needed. it works awesome. very user freindly, non techky wordspeak , ouick to load and to get working. thanks 'dual hdd,dual os' laptop works just as i hoped it would. i'm flyin high baby. adios earthlings. sincerly,tommybee.

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