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Windows 7: dual boot question

28 Jun 2009   #1
Gilly

 
dual boot question

i want to dual boot linux and windows 7 (whats already installed )

i have 2 hdd one with windows 7 installed on(c drive) and drivers etc . and on my second one i have my media .

so my question is if i make a partition on my c drive and install linox aswell will i still be able to access my media on the second hard disk if i boot linox or windows 7

not really a windows 7 question but

........help much appreciated.......


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28 Jun 2009   #2
Snufffed

 

Simple answer: yes
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28 Jun 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
i want to dual boot linux and windows 7 (whats already installed )

i have 2 hdd one with windows 7 installed on(c drive) and drivers etc . and on my second one i have my media .

so my question is if i make a partition on my c drive and install linox aswell will i still be able to access my media on the second hard disk if i boot linox or windows 7

not really a windows 7 question but

........help much appreciated.......
Hi a nd welcome

Im pretty sure you could. If you can now and all you are doing is to install linux on c: you can.

Hope this helps

Ken
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28 Jun 2009   #4
Gilly

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
Simple answer: yes
good stuff .
i thought so but just needed confirmation
thanks for quick response
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28 Jun 2009   #5
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
good stuff .
i thought so but just needed confirmation
thanks for quick response
Make sure that your careful whenever you decided to uninstall Linux tho, if ever. GRUB, which is the linux boot loader, will be deleted if you ever delete you linux partition, and you wont be able to boot into anything. You'll end up having to fix you MBR. On the other hand, if you ever reinstall anything windows, the windows MBR will overwrite grub, and youll only be able to boot into windows, and youd hafta reinstall grub. Just be careful, I've had these problems before, and if your not prepared, it can be quite the headache
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28 Jun 2009   #6
Gilly

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grouchpunk08 View Post
Make sure that your careful whenever you decided to uninstall Linux tho, if ever. GRUB, which is the linux boot loader, will be deleted if you ever delete you linux partition, and you wont be able to boot into anything. You'll end up having to fix you MBR. On the other hand, if you ever reinstall anything windows, the windows MBR will overwrite grub, and youll only be able to boot into windows, and youd hafta reinstall grub. Just be careful, I've had these problems before, and if your not prepared, it can be quite the headache
i just want to try it out because ive heard alot of good things about it and might end up using it permantley if my drivers work and i like it ... im a total newbie creating partitions i have an idea how to do it but never needed it. but once you create a partition on the c drive how do you then delete it partition and restore the c drive back to its original state if i dont like it or incompatible issues
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28 Jun 2009   #7
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
i just want to try it out because ive heard alot of good things about it and might end up using it permantley if my drivers work and i like it ... im a total newbie creating partitions i have an idea how to do it but never needed it. but once you create a partition on the c drive how do you then delete it partition and restore the c drive back to its original state if i dont like it or incompatible issues
You can delete the new partition by right clicking computer and hitting manage, then hitting disk management in the left column. Then right click the one you wanna delete and delete it. You can then resize the remaining partition as long as the unallocated space is to the RIGHT of the still existing partition. But you will need to boot from your 7 disk, go to startup repair and using the command prompt that it gives you access to, and you will enter
Bootrec.exe /fixMBR -then hit enter-
Bootrec.exe /fixBoot -then hit enter-
in the command prompt
EDIT- to be clear, there is always a space after Bootrec.exe
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28 Jun 2009   #8
Gilly

 

press

Bootrec.exe /fixMBR

then

Bootrec.exe /fixBoot

individualy in the command prompt?

also when you create partition ,does it show like an extra hard drive when i open computer?
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28 Jun 2009   #9
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
press

Bootrec.exe /fixMBR

then

Bootrec.exe /fixBoot

individualy in the command prompt?

also when you create partition ,does it show like an extra hard drive when i open computer?
Yes, enter that into command prompt exactly that way. But thats only when you want to fix your windows bootloader should you decide to delete the linux partition.
And yeah, if you have another partition it will look like another drive in the computer window.

Here is the fixing MBR link if you wanna look at the page I got the info from for fixing the MBR after deleting linux. http://www.winvistatips.com/fix-mbr-t116.html. It is talking about vista, but I have had to use it for 7 and it works
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28 Jun 2009   #10
Gilly

 

cheers, thanks alot
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