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Windows 7: Two HDD with Windows 7 at the same time?

07 Sep 2016   #1
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Two HDD with Windows 7 at the same time?

I just installed an SSD & put Windows 7 on it. Iíd like to use the old HDD as a secondary drive because it contains all the data & some small downloaded programs. That way I can copy & install some of the small programs as I see fit. And of course use the HDD as a data drive. But the HDD has Windows 7 on it & I thought about deleting or renaming Windows so it doesnít interfere with the SSD Windows. But I canít do that unless itís connected, which means both drives will be active when I boot up. Is there anyway to accomplish what I want to do?


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07 Sep 2016   #2
margrave

Size 12
 
 

If you boot from the SSD, the HDD will just be an idle D: drive. It will be ignored during boot.
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07 Sep 2016   #3
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How does the PC know to boot from the SSD? Does it somehow detect the SSD & give it priority?

I've read that some people change the boot order if they have two HDDs. But my CMOS doesn't allow for that. However it does have settings to choose the order of the device type such as HDD, CD/DVD, etc.
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07 Sep 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

You can set the old drive partition as inactive some BIOS do get confused if it finds more than one active partition
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07 Sep 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Easiest way is to put the hdd in an enclosure and not connected internally until you get your personal files off of it,
Programs would be best reinstalled to the ssd not an attempted transfer.
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07 Sep 2016   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

When you installed Win 7 on the SSD did you have the Win 7 HD connected ?
It would be best if post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management with the SSD and HD connected using these instructions before making any changes:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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07 Sep 2016   #7
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Easiest way is to put the hdd in an enclosure and not connected internally until you get your personal files off of it,
Programs would be best reinstalled to the ssd not an attempted transfer.
I thought about getting an enclosure but was thinking why not just leave the original HDD in place, presuming that was a workable scenario.

Programs would be reinstalled not transferred. But I have quite a few small ones that I downloaded such as CPUID CPU-Z where I still have the downloaded files on the HDD. I figured I'd just click on these & install the program on the SSD.
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07 Sep 2016   #8
Mike99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
When you installed Win 7 on the SSD did you have the Win 7 HD connected ?
It would be best if post a maximized/resized screen print of Disk Management with the SSD and HD connected using these instructions before making any changes:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
I only had the SSD connected.
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07 Sep 2016   #9
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post
How does the PC know to boot from the SSD? Does it somehow detect the SSD & give it priority?

I've read that some people change the boot order if they have two HDDs. But my CMOS doesn't allow for that. However it does have settings to choose the order of the device type such as HDD, CD/DVD, etc.

We need to see the pictures then can answer you.



Btw, i put all the tools (small/old exe files) in the SSD partition at the end.
My SSD is 250GB more than enough for OS to run.
Even another Windows 7 Home is inside the SSD occupy between the Windows 7 Pro OS and Tools.
But i close this Win7 Home partition by removing the drive letter.
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07 Sep 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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