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Windows 7: Dual-Boot SSD and Application SSD Setup

23 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Dual-Boot SSD and Application SSD Setup


I am at a bit of a loss here in regards to partitions, as I've never really done it, and would like some assistance.

I want to configure a new system setup under the following circumstances:

SSD(1): (dual-boot OS drive)

+ Partition 1: Windows 7
+ Partition 2: Windows Server 2012

SSD(2): (program / file drive)

+ Partition 1: one large single partition for application / program storage; e.g., Visual Studio 2012 and SharePoint Server 2013.

As you may have noticed, I need to have an instance of Windows Server to use SharePoint Server. At times I will want to run the server set-up to facilitate TFS and SharePoint with a very small team of developers, school related for example. And at other times I would like to boot into Windows 7 Ultimate so I can have a normal browsing experience and play games, etc. But of course I could also develop with VS11.X in Win 7 environment if needed.

My question, is what I'm proposing possible? I want to use Windows 7 normally most the times, but at others I will require Server 2012 to use SharePoint. Can I share the same program resources on the second SSD regardless what OS I boot into? What issues may rise if I tried running SharePoint (or just having SharePoint) while booted into Windows 7?

I've searched high and low for answers elsewhere but no luck. =/

A friend of mine said that I will have to create two partitions on the 2nd SSD, a copy of apps for each OS due to system registry constraints.

Thank you for your responses!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Since you can't share programs between the OS's, another method to consider is install each OS to a HD with the other unplugged, then after plugging both back in boot choice of HD's using BIOS boot order in BIOS or the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

Then you can install each OS's programs to its partition which avoids issues.

Only if you have a lot of User folders to take up the second drive would that seem to make it necessary to install the two OS's onto the Primary HD booted via the Windows Boot Menu.

Either way you would want to link any User folders copied to another partition by rightclicking it to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums to avoid issues with moving the user folder which then makes the target partition a System folder.
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