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Windows 7: Taking the jump into Win 7 need some advice

15 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Ron.



I understand your dilemma as I'm in the same boat as you that's a snip of my disk management below.

All you would have to do is disconnect one HDD at a time until XP won't boot and that way you will know when you have the XP HDD and leave that one disconnected and boot the Windows 7 DVD to install to the "Disk 1, D:" you mentioned, the easy way to recognize that during install is to name it in the "Computer" window to something easy to recognize before you start (right click, rename).


In the Widows managed you get a boot menu at boot to select which OS to start after Windows has started, like in the snip below.
You would leave both HDDs connected during the install and Windows will automatically configure the boot files to be shared by the 2 separate OSs.

The draw-back to this method is XP and Windows 7 will be linked together by sharing the boot files as previously mentioned.
Taking the jump into Win 7 need some advice-dual-boot.jpg


this is mine, see how they all have easily recognized names "Labels"
Taking the jump into Win 7 need some advice-disk-management.jpg





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15 Sep 2010   #12
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

BFK,

That isn't my problem, I labeled the drives so I can disconnect the XP drive without a problem.. the problem comes in when I try to boot to the one I want in bios, in there they are not labeled.

I have pretty much decided to install Win 7 on the drive that has Xp on it, itt is time to do a fresh install of XP anyway so instead of installing XP I'll just install Win 7 I would have to save my data and reinstall all my programs anyway if I did a fresh install of XP. So I'm going to start a new thread asking specific question about the Win 7 install, I'd appreciate your input on those questions

Ron
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15 Sep 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, fair enough; have a look at the tutorial at the link below.


How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7
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15 Sep 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

Wipe the HD first using BFK's excellent tutorial which only requires the install DVD: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

BTW your HD's would be labeled in BIOS Boot Menu - if not you can label them using EasyBCD.
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15 Sep 2010   #15
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

I have a 500 GB drive that I partitioned into 2 drives, my XP is on one of the partitions. If I follow what you suggest does it partition only the half with the XP on it now or the whole 500 Gb ?

Also how is this different than formating in the blue screen when installing XP doesn't Win 7 have the same feature
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15 Sep 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

If you want to put Win7 on the same HD as XP, I'd create New partition and then format with the booted Win7 installer Custom>Drive options:





The Win7 installer should create a Dual Boot menu with XP if you do this, as it would on a separate HD where you might benefit from a little faster performance for Win7 having it in the preferred lower (left hand) address.

Our suggestion to boot via BIOS Boot Menu is completely optional and just to save work later removing one of the HD's.
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15 Sep 2010   #17
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

Not going to do a dual boot. So when I boot with the win 7 dvd I can delete and format the xp partition then create a new partition the same size and install win 7 on that which will replace Xp. this will work the same way correct?
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15 Sep 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

Yes. Use the delete choice on the Drive Options menu shown above.

If you want the cleanest possible slate, wipe the HD first.
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16 Sep 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's the wipe "secure erase" he's referring to though this one can't be done to a single partition on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) this one will do the entire HDD, it marks the whole HDD as unallocated space and over-writes everything with zeroes for the best possible space to install Windows to.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation




There is Option Three in this tutorial that will do a partition specific wipe of a single partition and not the whole HDD, it over-writes all the old code as the one above does but is safe to use on a single partition.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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