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Windows 7: How to boot from a designated hard drive

1 Week Ago   #1
fridgemagnet

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
How to boot from a designated hard drive

I have replaced my optical drive with a second SSD, and I would like the option, on startup, of choosing which SSD to boot from. My Precision M4800, running windows 7 (on both drives), does not seem to offer boot options, in safe mode, or in the bios.
Can anyone tell me how to do this please? (in simple language)


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1 Week Ago   #2
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Since it is Dell, press F12 when the dell logo first appears, this invokes the boot menu
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1 Week Ago   #3
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hi fridgemagnet

Are both windows 7 installed on the same computer? Any Windows OS will only boot if it is installed with the correct device drivers. These device drivers are selected as part of the installation process. Boot options to boot computer from alternate OS's are also selected during the installation process.
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1 Week Ago   #4
fridgemagnet

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

gldndragn - I'll try that as soon as I've finished what I'm doing at the moment - thanks a lot for your help.


Iko22 - windows 7 is installed on both drives, which have both already been used in this laptop - at different times,
so there should'nt be a driver problem (AFAIK)

My laptop is fixated on one particular drive - it doesn't matter where I put that drive, my laptop always boots from it. At present, to boot from the other drive, that drive has to be the only drive in the laptop.
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1 Week Ago   #5
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

If you have lots of room, install each os (in this case up to 4) on its own hdd/ssd and use this:

https://www.amazon.com/PW4101-Alumin.../dp/B009XPCL6Y
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1 Week Ago   #6
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fridgemagnet View Post
gldndragn - I'll try that as soon as I've finished what I'm doing at the moment - thanks a lot for your help.


Iko22 - windows 7 is installed on both drives, which have both already been used in this laptop - at different times,
so there should'nt be a driver problem (AFAIK)

My laptop is fixated on one particular drive - it doesn't matter where I put that drive, my laptop always boots from it. At present, to boot from the other drive, that drive has to be the only drive in the laptop.
Does this help
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