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Windows 7: Dual boot Win XP (RAID0), Win 7 (SSD)

05 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Dual boot Win XP (RAID0), Win 7 (SSD)


I need an help to make a dual boot with Win XP and Windows 7.

Actualy I have installed Windows XP in RAID 0 (2 disks WD of 500GB).
Now I decide to add a SSD disk with Windows 7 (Corsair GT 120GB).
On Win XP I have many data, programs, certificates, etc. that I need, some programs work only on Win XP. For newer data, jobs, etc. I also need Win 7.

How can I make this installation that work?
Any help to make this without losing any data?

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05 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Will your motherboard allow you to run simultaneous RAID0 with an SSD set to AHCI?

If so I'd plug in the SSD to Clean Install Windows 7.

This will configure a Dual Boot menu placing the boot files for both OS's on XP. So in the future if you want to remove XP or the unnecessary RAID goes down you'll have to mark Windows 7 Active to repair it by running three separate Startup Repairs.

If you'd like to keep the two OS's independent booted via the BIOS, unplug the RAID first to install only with the SSD plugged in. Afterwards set the SSD to boot first, boot RAID using one-time BIOS boot Menu key. However I would be concerned about the RAID remaining intact using this method.

Remember that RAID0 confers no advantage and isn't even redundance since you'd lose everything if you lose one HD.
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06 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

Thank you for your replay.

Sorry. I write wrong. I not have RAID0. Windows XP was installed on RAID1 and I need to ad another SSD disk for installing Windows 7 in dual boot.
This change something?
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06 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


You'll need to read your Manual on it's mobo Support Downloads webpage to see how adding an separate SSD in addition to a RAID1 is best achieved.
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06 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

I add SSD disk without any problem, then install windows 7 without problem. Now I have a dual boot Win XP and Win 7. Boot drive is Win XP drive.
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06 Aug 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP


This is normal if you install Windows 7 last with the other HD('s) plugged in.

When ready to remove XP you'll need to Mark Win7 Partition Active, unplug all other HD's then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots on its own and holds the System flag.
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