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Windows 7: Dual Booting with 2 Windows 7 OS on same computer

28 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
Dual Booting with 2 Windows 7 OS on same computer

My Specs. Built newsystem last weekend and everything is BRAND NEW!!

1 SATA Western Digital Caviar 500GB HD 16 MB Cache
1 SATA Western Digital caviar 750GB HD 32 MB Cache
Athlon 955 Black Quad Core 3.2 MH
GeoForce 9400 GT Video
Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade (3 licenses)

Background: I use my computer for 2 reasons. One is for general (internet, MS office, etc...) The other is for serious Digital Audio recording using Cakewalk Sonar and 100's of plugins and effects. My xp systems I have always dual booted xp with xp. One for fun and one for music. XP system for music was tweaked and optimized for music (no internet, no email etc.)

My Problem. I bought the Family pack (3 Pc's) upgrade knowing that I would install at least 2 versions of Win 7 on my computer.

My first installation (Sunday) went fine and was installed on the 500 GB HD. Startup was fast. On Monday night I bought another HD (750 GB) and installed another version of Win 7 on the new harddrive for my music stuff. It was working fine. 2 new versions of Win 7 on new brand new sepatate HD's.

Yesterday (Tuesday), I got home and booted up to Win 7 Music system and was told to run chkdsk which it does and noticed the startup was much slower once it rebooted. So I try to install some of my music programs and I get an error that the file system is now corrupt. I cannot install programs or even copy things from another drive to that partition. When I tried to install programs another thing that popped up was an error about finding something in the Temp directory. I ran chkdsk 3 times and it did not fix the problem.

Appartently my 2nd version of W7 has been corrupted. Or the file system has been corrupted. I can run the few programs I installed on Monday night but I can not install new ones. Has anyone installed two working versions of Win 7 on the same computer (separate partitions) and run into any problems? Any ideas? With the power of Win 7 and my new computer do I even have to worry about separate operating systems for General Use and Music Use?

Sorry I do not have the error codes as I am at work. But any help would be appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hello Tracy, welcome to Seven Forums
I have installed W7 on 2 partition on the same drive on my PC.
I haven't run into this problem.
Have you performed a repair Install?
When you get home from work, maybe have a look at event viewer and upload any relevant logs you find.
It might be worth running chkdsk on the drive too.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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