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Windows 7: how do I create a select boot for 2 hard drives

05 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

If you want the separate system reserved partition then I believe it's best to install to an unallocated drive. For a 2TB drive I would keep the system reserved because you are almost certainly going to be using an extended partition with multiple logicals.
One of the advantages of the system reserved is that you can multiboot to these logical partitions. It also appears to play a role in the F8 recover/maintenance function. But I suggest you make the system reserved around 200MB. There are good reasons for this. All of this is reversible down the track.

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05 Jan 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Larryz4, welcome to Seven Forums!

As mjf has suggested, it would be a good idea to add a separate Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition to the new 2TB HDD before you start the installaton process.

I would also suggest creating a 100GB or similar in size or any size you wish, to install Windows 7 to, we are starting to see some have issues getting Windows to install to such large partitions as 1 & 2TB, have a look at the snip and tutorial at the link below for an outline of the process.
DISKPART : At PC Startup

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