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Windows 7: How would I dual-boot in this scenario?


13 Dec 2012   #1

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How would I dual-boot in this scenario?

My particular circumstance is this:

I have a hard drive with XP on it, but instead of installing it into the computer case itself, which would violate the warranty, I would rather use a HD Adapter to clone the contents of the old HD and unpack the image in a fresh partition on my Windows 7 machine. How would I dual-boot in this scenario?

Do I just skip to the EasyBCD part?

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13 Dec 2012   #2
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Easiest would be to install the premium Acronis imaging/cloning app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, auto-clone over XP to space you shrink from Windows 7,

Install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to add it to Boot Menu from Windows 7.

If it won't start due to the hardware change, install Paragon Virtualization Manager to Windows 7 to adjust XP to the new hardware so it will start.
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13 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

One more question:

If I'm cloning from an old HD, and have no Windows XP setup disk, and do not own a USB floppy-disk adapter or anything like that, how do I deal with the issue of SATA drivers?
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14 Dec 2012   #4
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Use Paragon Virtualization app, pointing it to XP SATA drivers for that hardware.
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15 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

I see. Then I shouldn't have gotten ahead of the instructions - 14 hours ahead!

One more question: is there any way to hibernate on one OS, then boot another while resuming, hibernate from that one, and switch back and forth between the two hibernating OS at leisure?

The only way I've read of is to have each OS on a separate HDD - apparently using separate partitions is not enough.

Is this confirmed? As if there were a way to do what I've described, it would surely be a jackpot.
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15 Dec 2012   #6
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The OS's are independent except for one containing the boot files for both. Each should hibernate as normal.
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16 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

I'm afraid there's a problem.

I have the XP-drive clone in both a partition on my HDD and on a USB external one. I have XP in my bootloader, which shows up when I boot my PC - as expected. Selecting Windows XP from there leads me to a drive selection screen, which lists as options the drive names of both the partition-clone and the external/USB-clone. Neither one will load XP, but instead immediately points me to a black screen with a blurb describing a hardware problem related to an inability to locate the drive - after which I am returned to the bootloader.

If this is anything to do with the SATA driver task, well, I can't find the drivers and I'm not sure where to look for them.

It's not the two instances of XP, as temporarily disconnecting the external drive does not make a difference in this process.

Edit: One thing I should also mention is an inability to access user profiles through the file manager for either the original hard drive from which I transferred, or its clones. When I try, I get a pop-up telling me to click OK to permanently gain permission to access the folder(s) in question (which I apparently lack at the moment), but this does nothing and the folder is not opened. Checking folder Properties, I see that I actually have all permissions. I'm stumped.
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16 Dec 2012   #8

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As you have no hardware in your specs.
What Sata Controller do you have?
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16 Dec 2012   #9

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Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
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16 Dec 2012   #10

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You can download the F6 Sata Controller drivers from here:

Intel Sata Controller Drivers
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