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Dual Hard Drive Selection On Boot


I have two hard drives, one wd 80 gig hard drive and one wd 40 gig hard drive. I set the 80 gig one as my main hard drive, the master, and the 40 gig one as the slave. The 80 gig one is for windows xp so i can use it as my main system and the 40 gig one is to set up a ftp server and the operating system is windows server 2003. I want it so that when i boot my computer, it will give me the selection, the choices in other words, to select which hard drive i want to use. Like when you partition a hard drive, it gives you a choice of which partition you want to go in when you boot it, right? Is it possible to do the same with two hard drives? If so, how can i set it up so it will be like that?

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