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26 Nov 2009  
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest not to touch dual boot. It`s all headaches. Disconnect the HDD that contains your current OS. Then install Win7 on the other HDD. The 2 systems will then be completely independent. Then reconnect the harddrive with the originall OS. When you power on, bring up the BIOS boot sequence (e.g. on an HP by tapping ESC) and set the boot sequence to the HDD where you installed Win7. Now it will boot Win7. If you do nothing, it willl boot your original OS.
The big advantage of that setup is that you need not handle the common bootrecord which can be a pain - e.g. when you uninstall one of the systems.
An aditional tip: Put all your user data (Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.) into an independent partition of your original OS. When you are in Win7, you just include all those files into your Win7 libraries. Thus any updates, regardles from which OS side, will be applied and your files are always up-to-date.
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