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: Vista / 7 dual boot separate HDD's.

03 Nov 2009   #1

Vista Ultimate 64 bit / 7 Pro 64 bit
Vista / 7 dual boot separate HDD's.

I've done some searching for this and found some similar issues but nothing fits exactly what I'm trying to do. I have been running Vista Ult. 64 bit for a little over a year and have loved it. It solved all the problems I had with XP Pro 32 bit on my hardware. I bought 7 Pro 64 bit through since I'm taking some night classes. I forgot I couldn't upgrade from Ult. to Pro so I had to do a clean install, which I did, on a separate drive. I have five drives in my system, C, D, and E are all 1TB while F and G are 1.5TB. C is where Vista is installed and G is where 7 is located. I'll be going back and forth between the OS's until I get everything the way I want it. At that point I want to remove Vista and have 7 be the only OS. But I do not want to migrate the install onto the 1TB C: drive, I want to keep it on the 1.5TB drive but have it recognized as the C: drive. The install was done from within Vista from the download since my physical media has not yet arrived. So even when I boot into 7, it is seen as being installed on the G: drive; it did not make itself the C: drive. So I'll need to get rid of Vista, get 7 to see itself as being the C: drive, get rid of the boot menu, and swap the drives and cables around to put my 7 install at the head of the HDD pack. I've already done a full system backup of my Vista install with Acronis TIH 2010. How do I need to go about this? On another note; why did MS only offer home and pro through ultimate steal? They offered Vista Ultimate. I mean, it is called ULTIMATE steal, not Pro steal afterall, and it would have made the upgrade process that much easier.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


It would help if you split the post into paragraphs.

If you want 7 to see itself as C - you will have to clean install from boot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Vista / 7 dual boot separate HDD's.

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
2 O/S on separate HDD, not dual boot
Will this work: Windows 8 installed on laptop main HDD, Windows 8 installed on SSD in caddy in DVD slot. Not installed in dual boot setup.Two separate boot loaders. Can this boot either drive using F10 boot menu?
Installation & Setup
Ssd + hdd dual boot (on separate drives)
SSD + HDD DUAL BOOT (ON SEPARATE DRIVES) Is it possible to set up a system for dual boot function using two separate drives (in the same system) if one is an SSD and the other a HDD ? :geek:
Hardware & Devices
Dual boot Win 7 on separate drives
Hi- I currently have Win7 installed on two separate drives in my box. I can only set (select) boot sequence in the BIOS. If I recall correctly, way back when a boot selection menu would appear when I think I was running Win7 (when it first came out) alongside XP but that screen no longer appears...
Hardware & Devices
Remove Vista from Vista / Win7 Dual Boot - Separate Drives
I have two drives (C and D) with Vista on one and Win 7 on the other (not sure if they're actual drives or partitions of a single drive, how do I tell?). I am dual booting and never use Vista. Starting to need the disk space and want to delete Vista. Is this difficult in this scenario?
Installation & Setup
How to dual boot Two separate harddrives, 2 separate operating systems
I have got two separate hard drives one running win7 one running xp. I need to be able to chose which os to run but currently I can only do so by pressing F12. I have tried EasyBCD but it wont work - does anyone know how I can do this? To clarify what I really want is a list of the two os to come...
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 07:10.
Twitter Facebook Google+