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Windows 7: here is what happened with my dual boot install

11 Jul 2009   #1
bfromxp

xp
 
 
here is what happened with my dual boot install

I had built a new desktop computer about 5 months ago, and loaded XP on it. It has a single hard drive, partitioned into 3 partitions. The third partition, E:, is about 100Gb and I use it for temporary files. I.E. if I want to collect some files into a single folder and burn that to CD, I do that on E:.

Today I installed W7 RC1, and installed it on the third partition. Here is what I discovered:

1. When I boot into W7, the drive letters get shuffled- the third partition becomes C:, the first 2 partitions become D: and E:.

2. I did what I thought was a clean install, but the files and folders that were already on that partition are still there.


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11 Jul 2009   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Since Vista the current active OS is always on drive C: - unless you perform an upgrade install from within another OS that means that the C:dirve is not available.

If you can go into computer management, (right click computer select manage), and then into disk management and post a screenshot of your actual partitions, we should be able to assist further
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11 Jul 2009   #3
bfromxp

xp
 
 
not a problem

There isn't a problem, I was just stating what happened with my setup.

I don't know how much I will actually USE W7 before Oct. 22, but for now I will just play with it occasionally. The big thing is that I don't want to have to reinstall my apps under W7, at least not all at once.
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11 Jul 2009   #4
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bfromxp View Post
I had built a new desktop computer about 5 months ago, and loaded XP on it. It has a single hard drive, partitioned into 3 partitions. The third partition, E:, is about 100Gb and I use it for temporary files. I.E. if I want to collect some files into a single folder and burn that to CD, I do that on E:.

Today I installed W7 RC1, and installed it on the third partition. Here is what I discovered:

1. When I boot into W7, the drive letters get shuffled- the third partition becomes C:, the first 2 partitions become D: and E:.

2. I did what I thought was a clean install, but the files and folders that were already on that partition are still there.
That is what happens when you use the same HDD. to do differently you need more than 1 HDD. my Vista is C: =always, my Win7 7264 is L:\ = always and Win7 -vista upgrade is f:\ always. but then i have 3 HDDs and ea is partitioned into 3
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12 Jul 2009   #5
WiZaRd7

XP multi boot with Windows 7 RC
 
 

I am multi booting XP and W7. My XP was already running on a single drive with 2 partitions. The 2nd partition was just a small 50GB Ubuntu installation to play with. I deleted the 2nd partition, created a new one and assigned drive letter E to it. Then I installed W7 on it.

XP = C:
W7 = E: (always)
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12 Jul 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WiZaRd7 View Post
I am multi booting XP and W7. My XP was already running on a single drive with 2 partitions. The 2nd partition was just a small 50GB Ubuntu installation to play with. I deleted the 2nd partition, created a new one and assigned drive letter E to it. Then I installed W7 on it.

XP = C:
W7 = E: (always)
OK so you have c:, and E:. whats the problem? or were you just saying thats what your dual boot looks like?

Let me know

Ken
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14 Jul 2009   #7
WiZaRd7

XP multi boot with Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
OK so you have c:, and E:. whats the problem? or were you just saying thats what your dual boot looks like?

Let me know

Ken
Maybe you came in late but someone else here had the problem. All I did was state how my installation went and maybe I should have highlighted that I "assigned a drive letter" to the W7 install which I believe may have been the difference between mine which went smoothly and our friend here who had a problem with his.
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14 Jul 2009   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 
win 7 success

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WiZaRd7 View Post
Maybe you came in late but someone else here had the problem. All I did was state how my installation went and maybe I should have highlighted that I "assigned a drive letter" to the W7 install which I believe may have been the difference between mine which went smoothly and our friend here who had a problem with his.

Im glad yours went well I was just somewhat confused and multi tasking 5 ppl at the same time. I think OP were confused as well given the other responses

Ken
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