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Windows 7: Win 7 on HDD and Win 7 on SSD


06 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Win 7 on HDD and Win 7 on SSD

Not wanting to use dual-booting - will I have problems switching SATA connections to run Win 7 Pro from a recently installed SSD and then from a HDD? This until I am satisfied with the transition to the SSD.


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06 Feb 2013   #2

 

You wont even need to switch SATA connections. You can just change the boot priority in your BIOS every time you want to switch.
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06 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

That would be best so you can format the hard disk drive later on. Unplug the hard drive b4 you do the install to the SSD. Afterward, plug it back in, Then, as 2cables said, you can choose which one you want to use through the bios. And, you can set which one you want to be the default operating system.
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06 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thank you to TwoCables and AddRAM for the response.
I had forgotten about that method.
Wouldn't it cause a problem with each drive having an 'active' boot partition?
Will the BIOS give me a heads-up to select which drive to boot?
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06 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes, they would both be active, but it doesn`t matter. Which ever 1 you pick or have as default is gonna boot, or you can have 1 turned off.

It`s not gonna give you a heads up, you have to remember. Your gonna have the ssd set 1st in the bios right ?
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06 Feb 2013   #6

 

I'm not sure, but I don't think the BIOS will know the drives are partitioned. I think it will still treat them as whole drives.
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