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Windows 7: Installing Win 7 on 2nd hard drive

07 Jan 2010   #1
ViperGuy

Win 7 Pro 64bit + XP MCE 32bit
 
 
Installing Win 7 on 2nd hard drive

I have XP MCE now and just bought a new sata hard drive and want to isntall Win 7 Pro on it. I read the tutorial but am still confused. Can I just remove my current hard drive with XP on it, install the new hard drive and then install win 7 on it? Then when Win 7 is installed reinstall my old XP drive?

I built my PC its a
Core 2 Duo
4 gigs of ram,
400 GB sata drive with XP
200 GB IDE drive for storage
IDE DVD rom drive
sata DVD burner
new blank 1TB sata drive


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07 Jan 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Yes, this is actually the best way to dual boot since it leaves your HD's independent. You then boot via the BIOS boot order and/or using the key given for Boot Menu on first bootup screen.

If you leave the XP drive plugged, Win 7 will configure a Windows managed dual boot which is harder to extricate XP later since it will hold the MBR for both.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Welcome to SF! Viper Guy

There's also another option not mentioned of simply switching sata ports for both drives leaving the new drive as HD0. Once 7 is installed on the new drive XP will be seen as "previous version of Windows" on the boot options screen once added into the 7 boot loader automatically. Both drives still remain independently bootable on their own and the XP entry is easy to remove from the 7 BCD store later if needed.

The guide here shows two methods of installing 7 before or after XP is on. Method One suits your needs there. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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07 Jan 2010   #4
ViperGuy

Win 7 Pro 64bit + XP MCE 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the fast replies.

So I can just plug the new hd in the sata port of the old hd and the old hd in the next open sata port put in the Win 7 disc and install it?

I built my own system but im still not familiar with some of the more technical stuff.
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07 Jan 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

You need to use separate cables: Hard Drive Update - Solutions by PC Magazine
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07 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would go with what gregrocker says - make an independent installation. No need to uninstall your current disk, just unplug the power cable. Then install Win7 on your new disk, replug the XP disk and choose your boot sequence via the BIOS. That way you don't have to mess around with MBR's - yukky stuff.
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07 Jan 2010   #7
ViperGuy

Win 7 Pro 64bit + XP MCE 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would go with what gregrocker says - make an independent installation. No need to uninstall your current disk, just unplug the power cable. Then install Win7 on your new disk, replug the XP disk and choose your boot sequence via the BIOS. That way you don't have to mess around with MBR's - yukky stuff.
So when I plug the XP drive back in will Win 7 see it?

Thanks again
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07 Jan 2010   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Switching the data cables are easy enough since the Windows installer always looks for the first drive on the system to place the boot files and create mbr entries there. Once those are swapped you will still need to take a trip into the bios boot section to make sure the new drive is set as the first in order or the default boot device depending on which bios version is used.

Once 7 is on you can set which version will be the default OS as well. Being 7 is newer you may want to leave 7 set as the default until getting familiar with it however. The XP entry seen on the startup screen can also be renamed with the help of a small 3rd party tool as well as setting the amount of time the boot options will be displayed onscreen before proceeding into the default OS.

Until the next version 2.0 of the EasyBCD tool is available in order to preserve the new look on the 7 boot splash screen a small run from folder tool called BellaVista will work for renaming "previous version" to "XP Home or Pro" with the set description option. System Tools - BellaVista

For setting which OS is default if you elect to have XP set as default you can use this as well or proceed into the boot tab in the msconfig utility there. The Startup & Recovery section found in Control Panel>System>Advanced settings.


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07 Jan 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ViperGuy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would go with what gregrocker says - make an independent installation. No need to uninstall your current disk, just unplug the power cable. Then install Win7 on your new disk, replug the XP disk and choose your boot sequence via the BIOS. That way you don't have to mess around with MBR's - yukky stuff.
So when I plug the XP drive back in will Win 7 see it?

Thanks again
Yes - even better. If you create a seperate partition for your data from the XP system, you can include those folders (documents, pictures, music, etc) into the Win7 libraries and you don't have to worry about syncing your data.
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07 Jan 2010   #10
ViperGuy

Win 7 Pro 64bit + XP MCE 32bit
 
 

Thanks for all the detailed help will try this all tomorrow.

One last question should I partition the new 1TB drive or just leave it whole? My current 400 GB XP drive isn't partitioned.

Thanks again.
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