Hi guys. I'm going to jump on this Windows 7 bandwagon soon and had a question or two about putting it on my old machine. First to the system specs:
Computer started out as a HP pavilion 716n
from which I upgraded to 2gb DDR 400mhz ram, 2.6 ghz P4 Northwood processor, ATI radeon x700 AGP video card, and a 500gb seagate 7200.11 sata hard drive.
My dilema is this; I obviously don't want to lose the data I have accumulated over the past few years but I do want to try out the new OS before buying it or Vista. I do not
have an install disk for my XP. I also do not have any way to back up the 500gb drive. What I would like to know is can I install Windows 7 on a secondary hard disk instead of partitioning the 500gb unit?
The reason I suggest this is to keep as much separation between the OS's as possible to avoid contamination and corruption that may occur with a BETA build. I have several ATA drives lying around empty and would like to use one of those. Would I still get the same option to chose the OS during the boot menu or would I be required to change the boot priority in BIOS every time I wanted to boot Windows 7 instead of XP?
Thanks for any advise....