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Windows 7: A second HDD

04 Dec 2010   #11
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thx you very much. You helped me a lot.
And thx you that you have answered that fast.
I've added you some rep.


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04 Dec 2010   #12
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Glad I could help with some of your questions. Thanks for the +rep.

You might want to read this tut on Dual boot 7 & xp just for some basic knowledge, as some will pertain to to dual boot 32bit & 64 bit.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Gregrocker should be on later today, I left him a message.


I'll check on this thread later also.
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04 Dec 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Hi Dino. Doc has it right (per usual) that you would unplug the 320gb HD while installing Win7 on the newly-added HD so that Windows will not configure the dual boot. It's best to boot via BIOS when you have two HD's so that they remain independent and can come and go as you please.

So when you're ready to install Win7, unplug the 320gb, set the 80gb as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, boot the Win7 DVD to custom install to the target partition, or use Drive Options to delete, repartition and format before install. Clean Install Windows 7

If you have an Upgrade version key, then the DVD will scan the HD to see if any prior OS exists which will then allow use of the Key upfront. If there is no OS on the HD, or you wipe the HD first before install, then in order to use Upgrade version you'll need to skip inserting the key until after install. Then do one of the workarounds given here before activating at Computer>Properties link: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you have to do the workaround anyway, then I'd take the extra step of wiping the HD of all code first to get it cleanest before reinstall: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

After the new install, power down to plug back in the other HD, boot the preferred HD by setting it as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then boot the other HD using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key which every computer or mobo has. This keeps the HD's independent.

If you prefer a Windows Managed Dual Boot (which interlocks the HD's) then install EasyBCD 2.0 and Add the other OS to a Dual Boot menu.

Some tips for a perfect install based on hundreds done here: re-install windows 7
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04 Dec 2010   #14
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

thank you very much.

To you dr emmet brown too
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04 Dec 2010   #15
dino13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

hey guys, i've opened my PC two minutes ago and i have the problem that i have no excess power cable so that i can only use one HDD at a time...

how can i get another power cable?
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04 Dec 2010   #16
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Power Y splitter cables

EBay, NewEgg, TigerDirect, etc


for IDE

A second HDD-power_y_splitter.jpg


for SATA

A second HDD-power_y_sata_splitter.jpg


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