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Windows 7: Dual boot setup by adding image to partition

13 Feb 2013   #1
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Dual boot setup by adding image to partition

I have a work computer. Right now, I switch between my work hard drive and my personal hard drive. They're both Windows 7. I have a Dell e6410.

My home hard drive is 750GB and my work one is 250GB, 50 of which is used. My home hard drive has three partitions.

Option 1: Stay with swithing out hard drives, which is the least convenient, but most safe.

Option 2: I could image the work hard drive onto one of the partitions and dual boot using easyBCD or something. This is my preference.

Option 3: I can buy a hard drive caddy and dual boot that way.

What problems should I expect? Any advice? Which options are possible.


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13 Feb 2013   #2
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What do you mean "switching out HDs?" There should be a one-time BIOS boot menu key on the PC to choose which HD to boot which is the best way to do this. Do you have them both plugged in?

If you want to create a Win7 boot menu install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)
to the primary OS to add the other one on Add OS Entry menu.
Thanks for responding. By "switching out HD's," I mean that right now I take out one hard drive and replace it with the work one when I need to do work. I've used easyBCD, but with a new install, not an image. I was wondering if I can expect problems.
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13 Feb 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

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You can't attach both disks to the system the same time?

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Option 2: I could image the work hard drive onto one of the partitions and dual boot using easyBCD or something. This is my preference.
So you want to clone (sort of) work hard drive to some free space on home harddrive? If so.... post disk management screenhot of home harddrive and work harddrive. Needed because I want to know free space, number of partitions etc.
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13 Feb 2013   #4
Kaktussoft

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On HOME harddrive you have 3 partitions... correct (check disk management)? One is called OEM and very small. One is a recovery partition, size about 15GB, correct? And a very large partition for all win7 stuff. All are PRIMARY partitions? Which one is marked ACTIVE?

Describe WORK harddrive as well.

Even better.... post screenshots
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13 Feb 2013   #5
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
On HOME harddrive you have 3 partitions... correct (check disk management)? One is called OEM and very small. One is a recovery partition, size about 15GB, correct? And a very large partition for all win7 stuff. All are PRIMARY partitions? Which one is marked ACTIVE?

Describe WORK harddrive as well.

Even better.... post screenshots
Here is the screenshot of my current home-use hard drive. I want to expand and place the work image on F:. I would then like to be able to choose that partition or my home one upon boot.


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13 Feb 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

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What's on F now? We need to create free space for new win7 OS. Post screenshot of disk management WORK drive as well
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13 Feb 2013   #7
Kaktussoft

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We can shrink C a little bit and extend F. So new win7 OS (work) fits there. But first all files from F have to be moved or deleted. So what kind of files are now on F?
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13 Feb 2013   #8
juansavage

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
We can shrink C a little bit and extend F. So new win7 OS (work) fits there. But first all files from F have to be moved or deleted. So what kind of files are now on F?
F used to be an XP installation. I'm going to shrink H and increase F to about 80GB. Right now, the work drive has 50 gigs on it. I'll post a shot of it when I get home.
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13 Feb 2013   #9
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by juansavage View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
We can shrink C a little bit and extend F. So new win7 OS (work) fits there. But first all files from F have to be moved or deleted. So what kind of files are now on F?
F used to be an XP installation. I'm going to shrink H and increase F to about 80GB. Right now, the work drive has 50 gigs on it. I'll post a shot of it when I get home.
You can't add space from H to F, they are not adjacent to each other. Best way to do it is use Partition Wizard Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online use the HOME edition... it's free. Right click on F and select "Extend". Select to get the new space from H. And select how much space to extend. If result is what you want... press apply.
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13 Feb 2013   #10
Kaktussoft

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WORK drive has only 1 partition and used size is about 50GB?
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