Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: I have Windows 7 and Xp, and also want ubuntu. All on seperate hd's.

29 Jun 2015   #1
Dylstew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 
I have Windows 7 and Xp, and also want ubuntu. All on seperate hd's.

Okay so I used to only have Windows 7 (64 bit) but really wanted to film an obscure nostalgic game that only worked on xp. I mainly use 7 but now and xp is not supported anymore. So a time back my poor dad went through all kinds of trouble to dual boot xp, since you gotta install xp first or something. I then got a windows 7 and xp dual boot , both os's are installed on seperate hard drives. Fast forward to now, and I'd like to either replace xp with Ubuntu, or install ubuntu to a third drive. My dad says it might be a hassle to remove xp so I could just install ubuntu on the third hard drive and have a triple boot. How do I safely do this?


Info:

-Drives
The first drive has windows 7 with the c partition for the os stuff and the f partition for pretty much all my files. the drive is 1tb.

The second drive has windows xp with two partitions, D and E. The drive is 500 gb

The last drive's the largest, where I store my big music collection and record to for gaming videos. This one is 2TB and has no OS.

-Status:
In the drive maneger in Windows 7, the ones listed as active are:
System reservation(small part of the first drive)
Windows xp D on the second drive.

Windows 7 C on the first drive has (I'm translating this from Dutch) boot, swap file, and crashdump.

All drives have the primary partition in status.

Oh, and I just bought a new external hard drive to which I am now backing my system up. It's making images for all drives, so I will have a back up.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
29 Jun 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

You can install the third OS on another hard drive. Just unplug the others so that it all gets put on the target hard drive. Then afterwards plug everything back in, set preferred OS hard drive to boot first in BIOS, trigger the others to boot using BIOS Boot Menu key.

If you don't like this method then you can install EasyBCD to Windows 7 to add the other two OS's to a Windows Boot Menu. This will not create any dependency that doesn't already exist, which none should if you install each OS with the other drives unplugged.

Might be best to see a screenshot of Disk Mgmt first. Use Snippping tool, attach using Paper Clip icon in reply box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2015   #3
Dylstew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

It's in Dutch , but here you go :3. Thanks for the response!

edit: Whoopsie, the status wasn't visible, updated.


Attached Thumbnails
I have Windows 7 and Xp, and also want ubuntu. All on seperate hd's.-drive-manager.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

29 Jun 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

If the XP partition becomes labeled System when it is booted, then both OS's are now independently bootable. You can also test this by unplugging the other drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2015   #5
Dylstew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If the XP partition becomes labeled System when it is booted, then both OS's are now independently bootable. You can also test this by unplugging the other drive.
So I should boot up Windows XP, open the Disk Manager and see if the XP Partition gets labeled system?
btw, at the moment the only partition that seems to be labeled system is the by system reserved one 0.o
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

Yes, that is because you are booted into it at the time. If you boot into XP and its partition is now labeled System then the drives are independently bootable as you want. This is achieved by having the other drives unplugged during install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2015   #7
Dylstew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Edit: What, I can't start XP anymore! I used to be able to use both! It says \NST\ntldr has been damaged, status 0xc000000f. Appearantly something's wrong with the NT loader. It's not like I want to use xp anymore but I need to see what's active in disk manager :c
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2015   #8
gregrocker

 

Unplug all other hard drives except XP. Boot into XP repair console to Enter Windows XP Recovery Console.

Using Command Line type fixmbr, hit Enter.

Exit and reboot PC.

If that fails you may need to run an XP Repair Install.

Or you can rescue your files from XP using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console then delete the XP partition to install another OS or format for data in Disk Mgmt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2015   #9
Dylstew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug all other hard drives except XP. Boot into XP repair console to Enter Windows XP Recovery Console.

Using Command Line type fixmbr, hit Enter.

Exit and reboot PC.

If that fails you may need to run an XP Repair Install.

Or you can rescue your files from XP using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console then delete the XP partition to install another OS or format for data in Disk Mgmt.

There's no content on the XP Disk I'd like to save anymore, and since XP is not supported anymore I'm not going to use it. Do I have to save XP just to see the disk manger or not? Should I just format in Disk Mgmt or will I get problems booting?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jun 2015   #10
gregrocker

 

Unplug the XP drive to test that Win7 will boot without it. It should since System Reserved is marked System Active.

If so then when you plug XP drive back in you can mark it's partition Inactive following Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums which should allow it to be deleted in Disk Mgmt. Create and format a new partition there for data in Disk Mgmt or during another OS install.

Any other questions?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 I have Windows 7 and Xp, and also want ubuntu. All on seperate hd's.




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Want to have seperate sounds from seperate monitors
Ok so im running windows 7 and have no speakers, just headphones for sound. As now i use dual monitors, (one being my 50" that my girlfriend watches netflix, movies, etc with ) and all sound plays thru the TV but i want to make it so she can hear her show, and i can plug my headphones in to listen...
Sound & Audio
How to get rid of Windows XP on seperate hard drive?
Hello all, my wife has Windows XP on her computer on one hard drive and Windows 7 on another separate hard drive. She no longer wants to use Windows XP and wants the hard drive it was on as a second hard drive for Windows 7. Can I just reformat the XP hard drive without messing up the boot options?...
General Discussion
How to combine seperate volumes on same SSD after uninstall of Ubuntu?
So I just uninstalled Ubuntu, and had a whole big problem with starting up my computer(don't even get me started), and now I'm here, my final problem. So as you can see by the image, my ssd is split up into multiple volumes. I want to know how to combine my main, Windows 7 volume, with my...
Installation & Setup
I NEED HELP to dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu on seperate HDs
i have a rather powerful computer in the greater scheem of things... and i would like to dual boot from two separate drives, ubuntu linux, and windows 7. i am in need of thorough instruction! i halve found alot of people online asking about ubuntu, people reply talking about other OSs and saying it...
General Discussion
Windows 7, seperate hard drive.
Hi guys, im new here and registered to ask this question in an expert forum Right i installed Windows 7 onto a new hard drive last night as its much larger and faster I was having major troubles, long story but lets call that C: now, and my old windows 7 installation D: The new C: i have...
General Discussion
windows 7 on seperate H/D to C:\
Hi everyone, when Windows 7 comes out I want to buy and install it to a hard drive Ive got spare that is clean and new. Its a 1Tb h/d, freshly installed. I currently run XP pro Media Centre Edition, and want to install another OS to my system on the 1Tb h/d. Will it be possible to run 2 OS's on...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App