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Windows 7: How to split new HDD into partitions for two different OS

21 Nov 2013   #1

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How to split new HDD into partitions for two different OS

I'm a Win 7 Pro 64-bit guy. I just replaced my old HDD with a 2 TB one. Is it possible to split the new HDD into two partitions and run one partition with Windows 7 and the other with Win 8.1?
Thanks a bunch for any help you may offer.

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21 Nov 2013   #2

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21 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks pard...looks like back to school is in order.
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21 Nov 2013   #4
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you run Windows 8.1 in virtual, you can even run both systems side by side.

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22 Nov 2013   #5
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Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

Check if there is a BIOS update on your mobo Support page to use a drive that large.

I would create a partition for each OS and a third one for your data, then move the User folders from both OS's to the data partition, using the same set for both OS's. User Folders - Change Default Location

Another method is to copy your backed up User folders into the data partition, then link each one to each OS's Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Then tell each OS's libraries you want that to be the default folder: Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums
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24 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

TYVM Greg - I understand much of what you're suggesting but I have need of a little more"digging" before attempting something that is for me quite new. But txs.
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24 Nov 2013   #7

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Make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to set up all your partitions before you install windows, it is so easy to use and never fails.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
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24 Nov 2013   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RappahoeWarrior View Post
TYVM Greg - I understand much of what you're suggesting but I have need of a little more"digging" before attempting something that is for me quite new. But txs.
The blue links are tutorials which illustrate how each step is done.

Ask back any other questions you have. It's the only way we have to know what you need.
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