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Windows 7: Windows 7 On 2 Separate Drives

19 May 2010   #1

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Windows 7 On 2 Separate Drives

Can someone advise please/ I have 5 hard drives in my system and I have installed windows 7 x64 on 2 separate drives and done this within windows. However a few times it booted okay but then started hanging on the post where it states verifying DMI pool data. Subsequently I tried everything to repair as I thought that the MBR was probably corrupted.

I have installed windows separately now on each drive by disconnecting all drives except the one that I am installing and then shut that down, disconnected it and connected the next and installed a fresh copy there to.

I am concerned that windows will corrupt the MBR again when I connect the drives one by one. I am not overly optimistic about windows boot manager and its reliability.

Any ideas someone please?

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19 May 2010   #2

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10

Now that you have 2 instances of Windows 7 installed, i.e. separately on different partitions, the MBR is resident on each installation, i.e. unlike when you installed a second version within Windows which share your MBR you now have 2 distinct MBR's each assigned to their respective OS. Should one MBR become corrupt the other can, and will boot.
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19 May 2010   #3
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Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start menu. Attach file using paper clip in Reply box.

By keeping other drives disconnected during install, it should have created a BIOS-managed boot where you set your preferred HD to boot first in BIOS setup, then use the F-key given on first bootup screen for Boot Menu to trigger the other HD.

However, if a Windows-managed dual boot has already been set up or was perhaps derailed to another HD then this can mess up the BIOS-managed dual boot, so we need to see the screenshot.
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