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Windows 7: Two hardrives in same PC with different OS? How does that work?

12 Aug 2014   #1
I WANT MY GIFS

windows 7 64
 
 
Two hardrives in same PC with different OS? How does that work?

I plan to install Windows 7 Home Premium when I get my new HDD I ordered & want this as my main OS.

Thing is, I have a buggy Windows 7 Ultimate on my current harddrive (been crashing & giving me all sorts of problems) & I don't want it anymore.

I want to install Home Premium in the new drive & remove the old drive, but I still want to use my older hard drive as a backup inside my PC.

How will my system know which OS is running if there are two PC's with different OS inside? Does the order they are connected matter for the PC to recognize the main HDD & that corresponding OS?

Will this give me problems & will I be forced to format the old drive with Ultimate in it?


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12 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You say the Ultimate installation is buggy. Why have a buggy installation as a backup?

You say you want to "remove the old drive". In the next sentence you say you want to leave it inside your PC. So, I'm not clear on what you want to do.

If you had two Windows drives in a PC, you'd choose which to boot via a boot menu that you'd be presented with every time the PC started.

You say you don't want the Ultimate installation. If that's true, why not get rid of it? And then make an image of your new Home Premium installation and store it on the drive now containing Ultimate. If the Home Premium installation fails, you restore the image of it.

Clarification needed.
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12 Aug 2014   #3
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

How many hours on your "old" hdd? You should check the S.M.A.R.T. data. You can do it easily with the GSmartControl Utility. Your "old" hdd may be failing and if so, should be replaced or removed at the least. If the S.M.A.R.T. data is good, you should do a full erase and reformat. What is the make of your "old" hdd? If it's a Seagate drive, use SeaTools for DOS to test the drive and do a full erase. If the drive media is failing, it will cause your Win 7 Ultimate to be buggy.

Your system specs are too vague to give you more specific advice.

Yes, you can control which drive boots with the Windows Boot Manager or the motherboard BIOS.

I think you're better off with clean install of Win 7 Ultimate on a new or sound hdd. I wouldn't downgrade the OS.

Regards
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12 Aug 2014   #4
I WANT MY GIFS

windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You say the Ultimate installation is buggy. Why have a buggy installation as a backup?

You say you want to "remove the old drive". In the next sentence you say you want to leave it inside your PC. So, I'm not clear on what you want to do.
I meant, I would remove my current HDD & place the new one in & instal Home Premium on it.
Afterwards, I want to put my old HDD back in to use as a secondary drive.

So, my PC will ask me which to boot from every time I start it?
I guess I'll have to reformat it then.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjg79 View Post
How many hours on your "old" hdd? You should check the S.M.A.R.T. data. You can do it easily with the GSmartControl Utility. Your "old" hdd may be failing and if so, should be replaced or removed at the least. If the S.M.A.R.T. data is good, you should do a full erase and reformat. What is the make of your "old" hdd? If it's a Seagate drive, use SeaTools for DOS to test the drive and do a full erase. If the drive media is failing, it will cause your Win 7 Ultimate to be buggy.

Your system specs are too vague to give you more specific advice.

Yes, you can control which drive boots with the Windows Boot Manager or the motherboard BIOS.

I think you're better off with clean install of Win 7 Ultimate on a new or sound hdd. I wouldn't downgrade the OS.

Regards

Why not downgrade?
Everything I read, Ultimate has features for business & whatnot. I don't need any of that & if anything those extra feature might be degrading the overall performance, wouldn't it?
My HDD is a Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm drive. System is a AMD 64-bit 8GB ram & have a 3GB GPU.



BTW do any of you guys know if using a Windows 7 Ultimate product key will work with Windows & Home Premium install disk?
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12 Aug 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I WANT MY GIFS View Post
Everything I read, Ultimate has features for business & whatnot. I don't need any of that & if anything those extra feature might be degrading the overall performance, wouldn't it?
My HDD is a Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm drive. System is a AMD 64-bit 8GB ram & have a 3GB GPU.



BTW do any of you guys know if using a Windows 7 Ultimate product key will work with Windows & Home Premium install disk?
The Ultimate key will NOT activate the Home Premium installation.

Ultimate will not degrade performance. It just has features that are useless to you.

If you have a buggy Ultimate installation, it will be a buggy backup. I'm not clear on why you would want a buggy backup when you could have a good backup of your upcoming Home Premium installation. To each his own.
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12 Aug 2014   #6
I WANT MY GIFS

windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I WANT MY GIFS View Post
Everything I read, Ultimate has features for business & whatnot. I don't need any of that & if anything those extra feature might be degrading the overall performance, wouldn't it?
My HDD is a Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm drive. System is a AMD 64-bit 8GB ram & have a 3GB GPU.



BTW do any of you guys know if using a Windows 7 Ultimate product key will work with Windows & Home Premium install disk?
The Ultimate key will NOT activate the Home Premium installation.

Ultimate will not degrade performance. It just has features that are useless to you.

If you have a buggy Ultimate installation, it will be a buggy backup. I'm not clear on why you would want a buggy backup when you could have a good backup of your upcoming Home Premium installation. To each his own.
Sounds about right.
I'll delete it completely.


Don't know why my version of Ultimate is so buggy, a bad driver or a failed update install, but it has been causing me headaches for the past week.

I also tried looking online to see what feature & programs from Ultimate that I can turn off so it can be like Home Premium, but couldn't find any list anywhere.
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12 Aug 2014   #7
tjg79

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

You might "need" a new hdd, but you won't know unless you check the drive's health by viewing the S.M.A.R.T. data. I don't think you need a new OS. Yes, Ultimate has some features that you may not need, but Professional has features that you could likely use that are included on Ultimate and not on Home Premium. So, I would keep the Ultimate, because it won't degrade overall performance. I wouldn't buy anything less than Professional if you insist on buying an new OS.

Check the Western Digital website to see if there are any utilities that can read the S.M.A.R.T. data and check the hdd media. Your problems could be due to a failing hdd. Also, I think a clean install of Ultimate on a new or fully tested "old" hdd would resolve your "buggy" issues. You should have a second hdd installed for backups and system images.

Regards
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12 Aug 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I WANT MY GIFS View Post

I also tried looking online to see what feature & programs from Ultimate that I can turn off so it can be like Home Premium, but couldn't find any list anywhere.
Here's a list:

You don't turn off unwanted features. You ignore them.


BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache, MUI language packs, boot from VHD.


Domain join, Remote Desktop host, location aware printing, EFS, Mobility Center, Presentation Mode, Offline Folders, Group Policy (GP) controls, advanced backup, XP Mode, support for 192 GB of RAM, and support for 2 CPU sockets.
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13 Aug 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Get that old hard drive out of the computer, put it on a shelf and forget about it for now.

Put the new hard drive in when you get it, and install windows on it.

What Windows version do you have a key for ?

Install that on the new hard drive.

Clean Install Windows 7
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13 Aug 2014   #10
I WANT MY GIFS

windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjg79 View Post
How many hours on your "old" hdd? You should check the S.M.A.R.T. data. You can do it easily with the GSmartControl Utility. Your "old" hdd may be failing and if so, should be replaced or removed at the least. If the S.M.A.R.T. data is good, you should do a full erase and reformat. What is the make of your "old" hdd? If it's a Seagate drive, use SeaTools for DOS to test the drive and do a full erase. If the drive media is failing, it will cause your Win 7 Ultimate to be buggy.

Your system specs are too vague to give you more specific advice.

Yes, you can control which drive boots with the Windows Boot Manager or the motherboard BIOS.

I think you're better off with clean install of Win 7 Ultimate on a new or sound hdd. I wouldn't downgrade the OS.

Regards
I ran GSmartControl

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I was able to find the product keys on my PC through a program for the installed Windows 7 Ultimate & I also have a OEM product sticker for Windows 7 Home Premium on a broken PC.
Thing is, I only have the Windows 7 Home install disc on me.

I also don't have a DVD burner, so I can't download the free legal .ISO for it either.
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