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Windows 7: Dual boot setup by adding image to partition

13 Feb 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

You can save a backup image using Macrium or Acronis premium imaging app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, then apply it to Unallocated space you've freed up. Choose auto drive letter, do not include MBR or track 0 during imaging when the options are chosen, then after imaging install EasyBCD to add the newly imaged OS by name, drive letter and type. Report back results.


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13 Feb 2013   #12
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Roger.
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13 Feb 2013   #13
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why won't you answer the question why you can't plug in both HD's and choose which to boot from the one-time BIOS Boot menu key?

You can save a backup image using Macrium or Acronis premium imaging app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, then apply it to Unallocated space you've freed up. Choose auto drive letter, do not include MBR or track 0 during imaging when the options are chosen, then after imaging install EasyBCD to add the newly imaged OS by name, drive letter and type. Report back results.

I can do that, but I'd have to buy a caddy and it might impact battery life. I'd lose the DVD as well. It's not a bad option, however. I might end up doing that if the partition option causes problems.
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13 Feb 2013   #14
Kaktussoft

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#1 says it's "I have a Dell e6410"
That's a laptop. So no space for 2 harddisks
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13 Feb 2013   #15
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why would you have to buy a caddy? Is this a laptop? Still waiting for your system specs.

If it's a desktop then you should be able to plug the HD in to an internal SATA port.
It's a Dell e6410. That's a laptop. I mentioned it in the OP. I can buy a caddy, if the other way is tougher.
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13 Feb 2013   #16
Kaktussoft

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Not tough at all!! Just a matter of backup to external, restore to unallocated space. Adjust bootmenu. Do what greg told you (and I would tell you after seeing WORK drive screenshot)
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13 Feb 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

Is either HD a WD or Seagate? If so you can use their premium imaging app which has an easy to understand Manual on the download page:
WD Acronis free cloning app
Seagate Acronis cloning free util

If not then I'd use Macrium - Image your system.

You don't need to use the boot disk since you can install it to do the tasks needed. But you may need your Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk if repairs are required to the image to get it to start after adding with EasyBCD. Try it and see.
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13 Feb 2013   #18
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, gentlemen (I assume). The disk on the bottom is the work disk. I have the following tools at my disposal:

Acronis True Image.

Acronis Disk Director.

Easeus To Do Backup

Easeus Partition Master.

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13 Feb 2013   #19
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I realized that there's only about 30GB of date on the work disk. I probably don't have to change the partitions.
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13 Feb 2013   #20
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by juansavage View Post
Thanks, gentlemen (I assume). The disk on the bottom is the work disk. I have the following tools at my disposal:

Acronis True Image.

Acronis Disk Director.

Easeus To Do Backup

Easeus Partition Master.

Our collective brains.
You didn't do what I asked you in http://www.sevenforums.com/2291719-post9.html
Maybe it's better to just make H a little bit smaller. Or do you prefer to use F?

What's on J (system) [except boot manager and boot menu])?

How did you manage to create the screenshot with 2 disks? Are both disks installed in laptop now?
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