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Windows 7: Dual booting question

17 Jul 2010   #1
Sleepy 1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Dual booting question

Apologies if this is posted in the wrong section.

I would like to add a second sata HDD which contains Windows7 and was formatted using the same computer.
At present I'm using a sata HDD that contains Windows XP and several Linux distros and I'm using Grub boot-loader to select which ever.
Am I able to install the second HDD and meerly add an extra entry to the menu 1st file on the first HDD and if so what?Or is it more complicated?

This is the entry I have currently in menu1st file to boot XP.

title windows
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

Thanks for any help


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17 Jul 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Sleepy 1.





If the 'new' OS boots independently you should be able to add the second Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and just use the BIOS boot menu to select which OS / HDD to boot from, that would be the best way because you could add / remove HDDs at will and not foul up the system booting.
Be sure to post back with the outcome.
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17 Jul 2010   #3
Sleepy 1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Sleepy 1.





If the 'new' OS boots independently you should be able to add the second Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and just use the BIOS boot menu to select which OS / HDD to boot from, that would be the best way because you could add / remove HDDs at will and not foul up the system booting.
Be sure to post back with the outcome.
Hi Bare Foot Kid

Thanks for your reply...

Unfortunately it doesn't seem that simple.
I connected the 2nd HDD and it is recognized in bios settings.
However,when booting up,it doesn't give me the choice of which HDD to boot to and loads straight to my Grub boot splash screen on HDD 1.
Any fresh ideas please?
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17 Jul 2010   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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17 Jul 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.





When you start the PC you have to enter the BIOS and select which HDD you want the PC to boot from first, have a look at the tutorial at the link below, it's really easy once you know how; this is the easiest way if you don't want to go through a lot of trouble adding boot entries to Grub that may well FUBAR the PC.


How To Change the Drive (HDD) Boot Priority in BIOS





Edit: You beat me to it again Ray!
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17 Jul 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Set your original HD to boot first in BIOS boot order.

Then boot the new HD by tapping the key given on first bootup screen for BIOS Boot Menu.

Did you install the OS to the second HD with the first one unplugged as is necessary to boot it independently via BIOS?
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18 Jul 2010   #7
Sleepy 1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Set your original HD to boot first in BIOS boot order.

Then boot the new HD by tapping the key given on first bootup screen for BIOS Boot Menu.

Did you install the OS to the second HD with the first one unplugged as is necessary to boot it independently via BIOS?
Hi gregrocker

Yes I did install the OS to the second HD with the first one unplugged.
I thought that by adding an extra entry to the menu 1st file in grub on my original HD would be sufficient.
Do I take it that this is not possible now?
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18 Jul 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

The cleanest dual boot arrangement now for you is to set your Linux HD as first to boot in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other Win7 HD, tap the key given on first boot screen (or in your mobo manual) for one-time BIOS Boot Menu to select it.

This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please, and will save you grief later when you try to remove one.

As for adding the new install to the GRUB menu, as this is a Win7 forum we only have limited Linux support. If you're intent upon adding Win7 to GRUB in this case, you might get faster help in a Linux forum.
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18 Jul 2010   #9
Sleepy 1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for that gregrocker

I shall accept that and I'm very grateful for the clarification.
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24 Jul 2010   #10
Sleepy 1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Just an update and fix to my original question.
I added the following line to my menu 1st file in grub and it successfully boots my second HD without the need to select which HD from bios at each boot.

title Windows 7
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)

makeactive
chainloader +1
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