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How To Make Dual Boot ? Vista On 1 Drive, Win 7 On Another Drive


Have vista ultimate on 1 drive, installed windows 7 ultimate on another drive, how do i make it a dual boot, where i get choice at startup which system i want to log onto? Can someone give me some easy to understand help with this problem, also, i can only see 4 of the 5 hd's i have installed. The one that does not show is not a drive with a system on it.

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Dual Boot - Can't See Win 7 Drive After Removing Other Boot Drive

My mobo (msi p7n diamond 780i sli / 570i sli) has a sata raid controller providing 6 sata interfaces
These are organized thus.

Sata 1 - [partition 1 - windows xp] [partition 2 - windows 7 beta (64bit)]
Sata 2 - ocz vertex - windows 7 home (64bit) retail version
Sata 3 - mirror a
Sata 4 - mirror b
Sata 5 - mirror a
Sata 6 - mirror b

The system was originally running xp on sata 1. I added a partition to sata 1 and installed windows 7 beta some weeks ago. The system dual booted to xp or win 7 beta fine. I then added the ocz vertex drive and installed the win 7 retail version, and i am able to dual boot to all three systems just fine.

However - i really want to do away with the xp and win 7 beta partitions and just run with the ocz drive. However if i disconnect the drive from sata 1 the system will not boot up. Can't find ntldr or bootmgr or something similar. I have changed the boot sequence in the bios to point at just the ocz drive - but it just won't boot from it.


Posted On: 2009-11-12 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Dual Boot - Move Boot Image To Second Drive

I have a problem with two different drives both running win7, one 32 the other drive64, on a dual boot system. I want to pull the win32 drive, but it also has my boot information for the win64 drive. When removed it will not boot. I have been working on this for 5-6 weeks. I want to remove the win7/32 and put the boot image of win7/64 on the second drive.

I booted from the win764 install dvd, and went to there pair your computer. The placethat displays the operating systems installed, none will show. I have tried bootsect from the command prompt. It seems to work, but tells me no partition on the second drive. Or on another attribute used, it can not find the path to the drive. I have tried rebuild bcd, fixmbr, etc.


Posted On: 2010-01-16 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Dual Boot - Xp And Win7 Install On New Hard Drive

I would like to set up my dell laptop to dual boot to xp and windows 7. I have found several articles that go into details explaining this procedure and it seems things are complicated due to the fact that there is no way to adjust partitions in xp. I also just had to replace my hard drive so i have to do fresh installs of xp and windows 7 on the new hard drive so my question is this:

Can i just create the separate partitions needed when i install xp then install windows 7 on the partition i created in the xp install? I have never set up a dual boot before so i'm a newb in that respect. I have the xp pro re-installation disc as well as the 7 ultimate install dvd (not upgrade). Any feedback or links to useful information would be appreciated.


Posted On: 2009-11-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Xp On Separate Drive To Win 7, Setup Dual Boot

This is my first time on the forum and even though i know a little about computers i could certainly use some advice & assistance here. Presently i have xp pro installed on a 500gb drive(which is partitioned) and i have a 750gb drive that i will be installing windows 7 pro(which again is partitioned)onto. My question is thus: how can i make a dual boot with xp & w7.

These are my specs: drive "c" has xp installed with a partition("d"). Then i have a separate disk with drive "e" which is empty with a partition("f")also empty. Then i have "g" & "h" as my 2 dvd/cd burners. Lastly i have an an external wd my book essential which is drive "j" and the smartware is showing as drive "i". Soin 'my computer' there are drives c, d, e, f, g, h, i &j. I am running a gigabyte ep45t-extreme m/b with 4gb of 1333mhz ddr3 corsairram, performance is by the intel core2duoe8500
Chip(3. 16ghz).

I do not want to have both xp & w7 on the same disk, rather on 2 separate drives. Since i have xp pro already installed as "c" drive how can i make "e"the other os for dual boot. Remember that "e" is on a separate drive. I did have it set up as a dual boot before but my little tacker played his game and things went haywire, so therefor me & all my wisdom decided that i could get it back to normal and yep, you guessed it, i absolutely stuffed it up even more.

Can somebody be so kind and inform me as to how i can make my system a dual-boot once again ?. If you can then i will be eternally grateful. I look forward to hearing from you.


Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Installing Xp On Win 7 As A Dual Boot On A Seperate Hard Drive

So yea just like the heading says, can i do that? I tried doing the bcdedit thing, i got stuck on. "Drive :windowssystem32bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:" because im doing it on a separate hard drive and not a partition im kind of stuck, im trying to look for the command for this. The drive im trying to install it on says "new volume (g:)".

See i have a program that doesn't run well on windows 7, the program has a beta version but its not so good. So until the real version comes out i want xp on a separate drive.


Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Dual Boot Works But Drive Letters Don't Match

I took a 1 tb drive and split it into 2 primary partitions. I installed xp on partition c with an image. I installed win 7 on partition d from scratch.

The dual booting works fine. However, in win 7, the drive i installed win 7 on is listed as drive c. The drive i installed the xp image on is listed as drive d. The files for each, however, are listed on the original drive letters (xp on c and win 7 on d). It really gets confusing with i install a program in win 7. It claims it's installing the program on drive c but it's actually installing it on drive d.

Any idea what happened, or how to correct this? I've set up systems to dual boot in the past and never ran into this problem.


Posted On: 2009-10-24 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Dual Boot With Win7 And Vista

After a week of trying to recover a vista system, which was an upgrade to a previous xp pro install, i installed win 7 ultimate 32 on a separate drive (with the vista drive disconnected). And it is running ok. Subsequently, i was finally able to get the vista ultimate 32 drive working, with the win 7 drive disconnected. So, i now have two different sata drives, that will boot, one to win 7, and one to vista. Because i have a legacy scsi scanner and card that will not work in win 7, i would like to keep the vista system, with all my original files and email archives intact, until i can decide to replace the scanner with newer equipment. I have read the faq's about the pro's and con's of a dual boot system, but still have some questions.

If i continue to use the two separate drives, and use the f8 boot selection function of my asus mb to determine which system i want to run, do i have to worry about either system, overwriting any boot or configuration files on the other system drive. I am assuming that because each system was installed without the other drive enabled during the install, that no system files were impacted.

Each drive boots and the system appears to work well on its own. But, as of now, i have been physically disconnecting the opposite drive than the one i wish to boot to. If i were to leave both drives connected, and used the mb f8 boot option to select the boot drive i want, will i be safe?


Posted On: 2010-01-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 / Vista Dual Boot Issue

I have a dual boot system with vista on main drive and acts as the default os (c:). I have a secondary hdd (g:) and it has windows 7 home premium installed. Everything was working perfect- the vista boot manager let me choose which os to boot every time i restarted. This past weekend, i reformatted and reinstalled vista on the main drive. Now, the boot manager does not show up- it boots automatically to vista. I got to winre and it was able to find the win 7 installation and tried to repair the startup.

Now the boot manager does come up on restart, but it says windows 7 (recovered) and errors out and wont boot to 7 when i select that option. I tried repeating the winre startup recovery several times and no luck. I don't know if this would matter, but when i was able to boot 7, the hdd with win 7 on it was listed as c: when using 7, but when i use vista, that same drive is listed as g:. I appreciate any help anyone may provide.


Posted On: 2010-02-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Dual Boot - Will 64-bit Os Be Able To Read Data On 32-bit Os Drive ?

If i do a clean install of 64 bit win 7, and dual boot my computer with a 32 bit windows vista will the 64 bit os be able to see and read data on the 32 bit drive?

Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

How To Make C Drive Default ?

When i updated vista to windows 7 ae e-drive was created called recovery. When i download a file or program the computer is trying to store on the e-drive instead of c. How can i make c the default and why do i need the e-recovery drive?

Posted On: 2009-12-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Multi-boot System Win 7 64-bit & Vista 32-bit On One Hard Drive

Multi-boot system windows 7 (64-bit) & vista (32-bit) on one hard drive - do i need two hard drives?I have an existing windows vista ultimate (32-bit) system installed on a 500gb sata hard drive, partitioned into 2 partitions (c: and d:). I would like to make the system multi-boot so that i can back-track to vista if i have a problem with win7.

One issue here is that i plan on multi-booting vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit on the same hard drive without touching the d: partition of the hard drive. I don't know if this is possible, but i'm interested to see if it is.

I've done some research and have found that win7 has many compatibility modes, so maybe i don't need to worry about keeping an installation of vista on my system? I just don't want to be "caught with my pants down" if something were to go wrong with win7, like if one of my programs was incompatible or something along those lines.

If i can't multi-boot vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit from the same hard drive, can i do it with 2 hard drives having one os on each hard drive? Or, am i being much too paranoid about this and should i trust microsoft on this one that win7 will not have any large compatibility issues with my most used programs?

For reference, here are some of my most used programs: firefox 3. 5, steam, adobe photoshop (versions 7. 0 and cs3), ie tester (for web development), winamp, trillian (an im and irc program), itunes, skype, mozilla thunderbird (for e-mail), and fraps (in-game video recording software).

I know that this is a lot all at once, but does anyone see any foreseen compatibility issues with any of these programs and win7 64-bit ? I'm also worried about the compatibility of some of my drivers with win7 64-bit, but i've heard that there have been leaps and bounds made with driver compatibility on win7 64-bit (as compared to the mess it was with xp 64-bit). Is this true?


Posted On: 2009-12-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Remove Boot Drive When Win7 Is On Different Drive

I want to change out a drive, "f", but some how the windows boot manager is listed here on the drive i want to change. I tried swapping this drive, "f" but i cannot boot into win7 on "h". If i just remove the earlier version of windows xp using bcdedit(easybcd) would this work, i'd hate to do this and not be able to boot to anything. The output from bcdedit and easybcd is listed at the end of this posting.

As an added note you'll see that my win7 boot drive is listed as "h", i've no idea how this happened so how would i go about changing this back to "c" and whats the implications, i know i may have to reinstall some apps but anything else?


Posted On: 2010-01-10 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

New Sata Boot Drive Wont Boot

I have a new 2t sata drive (seagate). It took about 5 days of research to finally get my computer to see it. I used seagate's disk wizard to clone my older drive (ide). The sata drive was supposed to become the c: drive. Disk management does label it as the c drive but in "computer" it sees it as f:i disconnected my older drive and when i booted up the bios kept looking for the ide drive. Although the motherboard has sata built in, there seems to be no way to tell the bios that i want the sata drive to be the primary boot drive.

Also with the original drive disconnected i get a "ntldr not found. Press control-alt-delete to restart. "I believe mybios is the problem. I have flashed it with the newest bios i could find, (dates from 2005) but no sata adjustments in the bios. How can i make the bios know that i want the sata drive to be the primary boot drive?

Or is there a way to trick the bios into thinking that it is an ide drive? As it is, the computer is recognizing the sata drive as a scsi drive. I read somewhere that this is not a problem. In summary, i want my system to boot from the sata drive. I would like to reformat the original drive.


Posted On: 2010-08-17 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Dual Boot Boot Problem After Resizing Win 7

Boot problem on dual boot after resizing windows 7 (32bit) switched from drive w: to drive g: i have a dual boot system that boots into win 7 (64) (c:drive) or win 7 (32) (w:drive). I needed to increase the size of win7 (64) drive and in order to do so i needed to move the win 7 (32) partition. Now i can still boot into win 7 (64) with no problem but when i boot into win 7 (32) it windows states that it is not a genuine copy and it is actually on drive "g:"! Anyway to change it back to "w:" because i believe this is the problem.

Posted On: 2010-05-24 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Dual Boot - 1 Xp And 3 Win 7 Boot Choices

I've installed win 7 on my d drive, with win xp still on c, with the idea of having a dual boot system. Due to installation problems, i now show the xp boot choice, and 3 win 7 boot choices, with only the most recent valid. How do i purge the b. Boot.ini doesn't appear to be relevant. Win 7 utility boot rewriter program to re-point boot to ntldr will wipe out all pointers to win 7 for booting, but comes back with an extra win 7 pointer, the next time i load win 7.

Posted On: 2009-11-10 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock With Esata Connection

I have an hp pavillion laptop dv6-2044dx with 2. 20 ghz amd turion ii dual-core mobile processor m500 and 4 gb ram and windows 7 home premium os. This laptop comes with an esata + usb 2. 0 external port.
I have a vantec nextar dual bay hard drive dock that i have connected to the laptop using the esata interface.

My problem is that i have insert 2 hd in th dock but the system only recognize one. As far as i know, the esata port in the laptop support multiport so i need to make windows 7 to recognize multiport/2 hd in the dual bay dock connected in the esata/usb port. I really appreciate if you can help me in how to make to recognize the 2 hard drives.


Posted On: 2010-04-03 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Vista 64 (c:) Drive

I have just installed windows 7 on my laptop. I went to go play a game, wow, and something was wrong with it. I looked and the computer properties and the (c:) drive still said vista 64 (c:) on it. I would have thought it would change to something like win 7 64 (c:). If anyone can help me out in understanding whats wrong.

Posted On: 2010-02-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Relocate Boot Drive

My new pc (windows 7 - 64 bit) boots from the ide drive c:. I want to move this to a new sata raid (1) card and then do away with the ide drive. I have cloned the c: drive and mirrored it successfully but then the problem starts. How to edit the bcd, boot manager, whatever, to make the new setup the boot drive. Any suggestions appreciated - i'm trying to avoid building a new system in the new location nad having to re-install a zillion (well, nearly 100) applications and do a massive data transfer.

Posted On: 2010-01-08 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Boot To Preferred Hard Drive ?

Windows 7 on one hard driver and windows vista on another. If i put the vista hard drive into the windows 7 computer how can i boot to the preferred hard drive? I have a floppy disc drive in this computer. Should i look for a third party boot manager sort of program and put it on a floppy? Or does ms have a boot disc application somewhere in the archives?

Or would it be best to format the hard drive that contains windows 7, install the vista hard drive, then reinstall windows 7?


Posted On: 2009-10-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Boot Up From Usb Dvd Drive

I know it can be done, but my bios only has the option, apart from the 'obvious' ones, of booting from usb flash - is that the same as the external usb dvd drive? (Have to use external dvd drive as one in laptop defunct) if not, i will have to boot from a usb stick - have copied the instructions from http://www.Istartedsomething.com/20081104/tip-make-your-pdc-2008-usb-hard-drive-a-bootable-windows-7-install-disk/ to make my usb drive ready, but some sites say it has to be ntsc formatted, and also made bootable with the bootsect utility. Which is correct?

Posted On: 2009-10-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Trashed Xp On A Second Boot Drive

I installed win 7 on a new drive for beta testing purposes. My primary drive has xp 64x and all my licensed software. After installing the beta software i searched the xp drive for some plug-ins to add to the beta setup. Win 7 indexed the xp drive and it immediately became unbootable. The first message was that pci.sys was missing. I tried to restore that program but failed to fix the problem. I then performed an xp restore. Still no boot. Tried bootfix - still no boot.

(These boot drives are switched through the bios. ) Any thoughts on how to proceed? I have a number of serialized programs on the xp system that are difficult to reauthorize.


Posted On: 2010-03-10 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Can't Boot Without Os Dvd In Drive

Installed upgrade from xphome/sp3 to windows 7 home premium. (Custom inatall) my problem is: i can't boot without the os dvd. When i try to boot, a message saying "windows can't start" to correct the problem, do a repair. I did and no change. I then did a custom install, same result. On the boot mgr page the info. Is

Status: oxc000000f file missing or corrupt. File: $windows. ~Btwindowssystem32winload.exe
Oh yes, in disk mgr. , C: is system drive. When i did the repair, it shows the correct drive but the drive letter is e: (i have four hard drives) only one os system. Ps: i have a second computer that i upgraded and all is well. I do like windows 7. (When it works)


Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

When Upgrading From Vista Can I Use New Hard Drive ?

When upgrading to windows 7 from vista and doing a custom install can i use a brand new hard drive and keep my old hard drive for back-up.

Posted On: 2009-10-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Cannot Access Vista C: Drive

When i go into my network vista computer from my win 7 computer, i can see the shared c: drive but i get the "you don't have permission" msg. But i can see and access the shared public folder and the users folder. When i go into security tab for both the public and the users folders i see under "group or users names" an entry for "everyone, " but that entry is not present for the c: itself.
And the same thing is true when i try to see the win 7 c: drive from the vista system.

My problem is how to i get "everyone" to show up under "group or users names" i have turned off password on both computers, but the problem is still there.


Posted On: 2010-03-11 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Removing Hard Drive Causes Win 7 To Not Be Able To Boot

I have a desktop with two hard drives. I installed vista on one of the hard drives, and later on, i installed windows 7 on the other one. So i could boot into both operating systems. However, i no longer want vista and i want to remove the hard drive that vista is installed on from my computer and use it elsewhere.

However, when i remove the hard drive with vista, i can't boot into windows 7 either. When i put the vista hard drive back in, the desktop boots fine into both operating systems. I've tried using the original installation disc to repair windows 7, but it couldn't even find the installation.

I have a feeling that the boot files for windows 7 could be on the vista hard drive, even though i installed it on a separate hard drive. I'm not sure though. If someone could help me boot into windows 7 using only the windows 7 hard drive, that would be much appreciated.


Posted On: 2010-07-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Hard Drive (boot) Letter Changed

Upgraded from windows xp to windows 7. Before upgrade i installed a new larger hd. It was the only hd in computer. Installed windows xp and no programs. Followed by installing windows 7. When went to install my programs only then did i learn the computer gave the new hd the letter "i". No "c" drive is shown. No changes were made to the bios or motherboard. Just unplugged the old hd and removed it and using the same plugs to plug in new larger hd. What happen? Want my primary and boot drive to be id as "c" drive. How may i change it?  Will start all over if necessary. Once this is fixed plan to reinstall old hd as secondary drive and use it for backup.

Posted On: 2010-05-30 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Random No Boot And Noises From Hard Drive

Last week my mobo was broken, and i must do a complete new installation (so everything) with my win7.
Yesterday i recognize that my actual hard-disc starts to make problem ( not starting while booting, sometimes hanging with unusual noises) which options i would have to do a repair, without to have a full new installation, i am tired of this. Is there someone out here, who can explain what to do, to a user, not an expert?


Posted On: 2010-04-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Usb Hard Drive Detected As New On Every Boot

I'm using a usb hard drive (a redrive, from hitachi) for storage of recorded tv. Recently, i installed windows 7 on the internal hard drive for the same machine, and now every time the computer boots up, i get a dialog telling me that windows 7 has detected a new usb device, and asking what it should do (open the folders, start a slideshow, whatever).

I just want the pc to treat this like another hard drive, and not a removable usb peripheral. Any way to do that?  This worked in vista.


Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Getting Installation Of Win 7 To Boot From New Hard Drive After Upgrade

During upgrade to "7" from xp copied files to new hard drive but computer will not boot unless old hard drive is installed? How do i get new installation of windows 7 to boot from new hard drive after upgrade?

Posted On: 2010-06-25 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .