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Windows 7: Installing on different hard drive

10 Aug 2009   #1

Win Xp Pro
Installing on different hard drive

I have pre-purchased a Windows 7 professional upgrade and am trying to determine my install options when it is available.

I am currently running Windows Xp pro and have a computer with 2 identical hard drives. I know I will have to do a clean install from Xp. I would like to install Windows 7 on the second hard drive and be able to use both Windows 7 and Xp until I am familiar enough with Windows 7 to confidently abandon Xp.

I have a hard drive switch that I will use to boot to the OS that I want to use. I elected to do this instead of using dual boot. Currently that switch is not installed.

I would like to install Windows 7 on the second hard drive, but am concerned that I will need to verify that I have an authentic copy of Xp for that to work.

Will there be options during the install so that I can select the second drive as the place to install Windows 7 (and make it a bootable drive)? I would not like to get into a situation where I would be overwriting Windows Xp on the drive I currently boot from.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2009   #2


In the setup, you'll be able to choose what drive you want to install Windows 7 on.

Once it's a seperate drive from where XP is installed, you won't have to worry about overwriting XP.

Hope this helps :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2009   #3

Win Xp Pro

Great! Anything I've read so far has been very vague on this.

I'll do the install and then install my hard drive switch and I should be able to select the OS that I want to boot with.

Appreciate the quick reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Aug 2009   #4


Your welcome.

Add to rep, thanks :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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