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Windows 7: Installing Win 7 on 2nd hard drive

07 Jan 2010   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would partition it. If you leave it as one partition, you may later have trouble to shrink it the way you like. It is always easier to delete a partition and add it to the one that's to the left of it. Depending on your needs, I would make 3 or 4 partitions. If you don't know yet what you are going to put in, make it 4 times 250GBs.
And as I suggested earlier, think about an independent data partition to where you can move all your current XP data. That can be on either disk - on the XP disk though only if you can shrink the 400GB enough to have sufficient space for now and later.

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07 Jan 2010   #12
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

That will depend mainly on how you plan things out. Once you have run 7 for some time you will likely want to dump XP entirely at some point and may wish the 1tb was simply added on for storage depending on how much data and files you store locally on drives. Here the new drive for the 64bit 7 is a 1tb model with a single larger primary since I already have a good amount of storage space on separate drives.

You could even decide to shrink the XP primary down and see a new second primary for 7 there as well. With several drives in here the choice was simply using each drive for a single large primary either for OS or storage. That saves from running into the "out of memory" error you see when filling up a small primary when spliting a drive up.
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10 Jan 2010   #13

Win 7 Pro 64bit + XP MCE 32bit

Installed 7 today, it was easy but I had one hiccup. I disconnected my XP drive and installed my new hard drive then went to install Win 7 and my mobo throws a code! Nothing showed up on my screen and I couldn't get into the BIOS, luckily I have another PC and looked up the code online. It was my ram so I uninstalled 2 sticks and restarted then everything went smoothly.

Only took 20 minutes to install and download all the updates.
It looks pretty and is fast but it uses more ram then XP.

Hopefully this is my last question. I cant dual boot, I can see the XP hard drive and all the files on it what do I do next?
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10 Jan 2010   #14


If you kept XP unplugged during Win7 installation it should be now bootable via the BIOS shortcut key given on your first bootup screen for Boot Menu.

This is a better way to Dual Boot if you can configure it because the drives remain independent and can come and go as you please. Win7 boots as default OS, or you can choose XP using the Boot Menu key.

If not, use EasyBCD 2.0 to configure a Windows Dual Boot which makes the drives interdependent and harder to extricate. Add XP on the Add/Remove tab by Type and Name, accepting prompt to add boot files, it will fill in drive letter, click Add OS. Then highlight new XP listing above, and Save.

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11 Jan 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You can have independently bootable drives as well as having one set as default with options to boot into the installations on the other drives with the EasyBCD program. The present second sata was originally a stand alone drive until the startup repair tool made that a recovered installation when the new drive's mbr had an oops! That wasn't the preferred way to add that in for sure!

The F8 option here is used mainly for booting off a live disk or 7 dvd when performing an install rather then going back and forth into the bios to reset the hard drive as first all over. That option also is used for live cds or booting from a flash drive. For ease of a dual boot while still keeping each drive as a stand alone you simply add the new entry into the default drive's boot loader there.
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