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Windows 7: wondering how to set up

09 Oct 2009   #1
mn9500

 
 
wondering how to set up

so right now i have a 250 gb hdd, which came with my computer, and i just bought a 1tb hdd recently, and moved all my videos and music to the new hdd, now have 107 gb free on my old hdd. Should i make a partition on my old hdd for windows 7 and dualboot with my existing windows xp installation, or install windows 7 on the new hdd and dualboot?

i heard the MBR will be on the first hdd no matter what, so i was originally thinking to make a partition on the old hdd and install all my games and apps on the new hdd.


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09 Oct 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I would put Windows on whichever disk performs the fastest, on a partition at the very beginning of the disk.
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09 Oct 2009   #3
mn9500

 
 

could i just use the new hard drive to install on, or would it be better to make a partition on it just for windows 7?
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09 Oct 2009   #4
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Why dual boot? Put a VM on W7 if you have programs that require XP, but it makes no sense to dual boot any longer.

I always prefer having a partition for just the OS. This way, if the partition goes bad, or I need to reinstall the OS (Yearly Digital Enema) I don't have to worry about all of my data as it is on a different disc/partition.

Always do frequent backup's of your data, and always wear clean underwear!
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09 Oct 2009   #5
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Perrybucsdad View Post
Why dual boot?
In my case I do it mostly to play around with Windows 7, and to help people on the forum. I still use Windows XP as my primary OS.

I agree that he should at least create a separate partition for data. I would never recommend storing lots of important data on the same partition that Windows is installed to.
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09 Oct 2009   #6
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
In my case I do it mostly to play around with Windows 7, and to help people on the forum. I still use Windows XP as my primary OS.
But why not just create a virtual machine? So much easier if you ask me. You can be in both OS's at the same time.
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09 Oct 2009   #7
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Perrybucsdad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
In my case I do it mostly to play around with Windows 7, and to help people on the forum. I still use Windows XP as my primary OS.
But why not just create a virtual machine? So much easier if you ask me. You can be in both OS's at the same time.
I would love to VM but cant.
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09 Oct 2009   #8
Perrybucsdad

Win 7 Ultimate x64 & x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

I would love to VM but cant.
Curious... why is that?
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09 Oct 2009   #9
mn9500

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Perrybucsdad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
In my case I do it mostly to play around with Windows 7, and to help people on the forum. I still use Windows XP as my primary OS.
But why not just create a virtual machine? So much easier if you ask me. You can be in both OS's at the same time.
I would love to VM but cant.
yea i think i wont be able to vm either, at least what that little app tells me. my cpu must be too old to virtualize.
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09 Oct 2009   #10
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Perrybucsdad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

I would love to VM but cant.
Curious... why is that?
Intel core duo<g> not core 2

Its a DELL
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