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Windows 7: Installing OS on two Internal Hard Drives

04 Oct 2011   #11
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

By the way, I was just wondering if Windows 7 Professional 32-bit comes preinstalled with the drivers? Can I install all the drivers that came with the dell desktop when I bought it?


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04 Oct 2011   #12
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Win7 is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly after install via optional Windows Updates - so put your wireless driver on a stick or CD to get online quickly to update them.

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be imported from the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your tag number.
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04 Oct 2011   #13
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Win7 is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly after install via optional Windows Updates - so put your wireless driver on a stick or CD to get online quickly to update them.

Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be imported from the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your tag number.
Ok Thanks. I have all the drivers on the CD that came with the desktop about 5 years ago. I guess that should suffice.
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04 Oct 2011   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Again I would import any drivers missing in Device Manager after install and updating from the Dell SUpport webpage for your tag number, not the disk which can be older.
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04 Oct 2011   #15
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

So I took one of the drives out and installed XP SP3 on the 250gb hard drive. And something pops up when windows starts. If I click F1, everythings fine. I was just wondering if this was something to be worried about.


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04 Oct 2011   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Did you set the remaining HD as first to boot in BIOS setup?

If so post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using SNipping TOol in Start Menu.
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04 Oct 2011   #17
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

So far, I have only installed XP SP3 on the 250 gb drive. My other drive 500gb one still has the XP on it. I havent installed windows 7 on it yet. Right now, this is inside and I'm still getting the message. I have taken the 250gb out physically.
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04 Oct 2011   #18
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Plug the 250gb into first SATA port, enter BIOS setup to make sure it is set as first HD to boot (after CD/DVD drive) then boot the XP CD to delete all partitions, create new as you wish, full format, install.

I would do the same for the Win7 installation, then after install plug back in the XP HD and boot it when needed using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This method keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please, whereas letting Windows configure a Dual Boot interlocks them requiring surgery to remove one.

Edit: Sorry I see now I was repeating myself, but worth repeating.
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04 Oct 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pragnesh89 View Post
So I took one of the drives out and installed XP SP3 on the 250gb hard drive. And something pops up when windows starts. If I click F1, everythings fine. I was just wondering if this was something to be worried about.
Check the all the cables, press F2 make sure the HD Drive show in BIOS, save & exit.
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04 Oct 2011   #20
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Plug the 250gb into first SATA port, enter BIOS setup to make sure it is set as first HD to boot (after CD/DVD drive) then boot the XP CD to delete all partitions, create new as you wish, full format, install.

I would do the same for the Win7 installation, then after install plug back in the XP HD and boot it when needed using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This method keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please, whereas letting Windows configure a Dual Boot interlocks them requiring surgery to remove one.

Edit: Sorry I see now I was repeating myself, but worth repeating.
I've already installed XP SP3 into the 250gb deleting all partitions without entering the BIOS. Do I have to reinstall it? or can I go into BIOS and do it?
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