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: Specifying which boot partition to use

25 Oct 2010   #1
kkohut

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Specifying which boot partition to use

  1. System has XP pro and Vista installed, single hard drive (with 3 partitions, XP and Vista each on their own partition, 3rd partition is for data)
  2. Removed existing hard drive
  3. Installed brand new hard drive
  4. Installed Win 7 ultimate x64, works great
  5. Installed original hard drive (the one removed in step 2)
  6. So now, system has BOTH hard drives in it.
  7. Boot up, only XP/Vista boot menu appears (I can boot to XP or Vista, but not WIn 7)
  8. Also, when booting to XP with both drives in, the new drive with Win 7 shows up as Disk 1, with original disk as Disk 0.
  9. Ideas???



My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Oct 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The best way to multi-boot when you have separate HD's is to set your preferred HD to boot first in BIOS Boot Order menu, then to boot the other OS HD, tap the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to choose it instead:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Specifying which boot partition to use




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How do I change the system partition either to the boot partition?
Hey guys, I need some help here as I am stuck with this for a day and half now. I recently bought a 3TB (disk 2) hard drive and want to swap out 500GB (disk 0) with it. I cloned the disk 0 to disk 2 already. I am stuck in a dilemma where I can't turn boot into windows 10 without the need of disk...
Installation & Setup
Move boot files from EFI partition to system partition?
Hello everyone, I usually install my OS myself but when I bought this computer I asked the store to install the Windows 7 Professional x64 disc I purchased with it. Today I decided to do a long long overdue backup to the system partition. My backup software of choice is DriveImage XML, been using...
General Discussion
Partition Manager. Primary Boot Partition as Secondary Drive.
I loaded a hard disk formatted as a Windows Primary Disk onto my SATA controller. The BIOS sees the disk. In this case I want to load the new disk as a secondary drive (of course I have booted with a different hard disk). I load the Partition Manager and inside I find that the partition manger does...
Hardware & Devices
create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD
I would like to create a bootable partition from an existing Win 7 partition. I have two partitions bootable now. Both Win 7- one with dragon dictate and various software I am trying out (on a 1.5 TB drive) and the other is my regular boot partition on an SSD with the system reserved partition. ...
Installation & Setup
Can OS partition access a dual boot partition if encrypted w/Bitlocker
I'm a long-time reader but new poster. I am currently running Windows 7. I want to install Windows XP onto another disc and have a dual-boot setup. I keep Windows 7 up to date and secure, but for the XP partition, I would rather not have antivirus running or even installed, in order to limit...
General Discussion


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 22:22.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App