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January 14, 2014 7:19:46 PM

What I want is to have two operating systems on two different hard drives. Windows 7 on one and Linux on the other. The only thing I am worried about is the two operating systems tampering with one another's hard drive. How can I stop this from happening? Also, I don't want Linux's hard drive to be turned on when I booted up Windows and am using Window's hard drive instead.

I have never dual booted before on the same machine.

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January 14, 2014 8:09:38 PM

First, make sure you're hardware is fully capable of running Windows 7. Next, install either OS on the port with only one drive attached(Install linux first and then windows 7). Then, detach that drive, attach the other and install the other OS. Reattach the first drive. Your BIOS should allow the option to select which drive to boot from. Pick either and boot the system. It will now detect the presence of the other drive and configure it. Shutdown and restart selecting the other drive in the BIOS. The same should happen when this OS loads. It will detect the presence of the other drive. Once you're happy that all is running well, activate OSs. You'll need to interrupt the POST each time you want to switch disks to boot from.
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January 14, 2014 8:17:48 PM

KillBot said:
Its really very simple. First, don't worry about them tampering with each other. Most Linux distos will show you Windows drives but it is up to you if you want to tamper with them, not the os. Windows will only show you the Linux drive in disk management.

In order to install on two different drives the easy way, it is best to install Windows first. So install your Win 7 on one hard drive, then install Linux on the other drive. Linux will install the Grub boot loader and you can select the os you want at boot. If you are new to Linux, Ubuntu is very user friendly. When installing just select "install alongside Windows" and it will install on the free unused space (which in your case will be the second drive). http://www.ubuntu.com/

If you are set on only running one drive at a time, you can use something like this, but in my opinion it is not necessary:
http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Switch-Controller--Orico-HD...


Even though power may be running on the HDD, I will live. However, I don't want Linux's HDD to be spinning while I'm not even theoretically using that hard drive while using Windows. I understand that the hard drives will be detected at the least by both OSs, but will there be a way to power down the detected HDD because it is not in use?
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January 14, 2014 8:28:55 PM

KillBot said:
The drives will power down automatically if they are not used.


Is there a setting in the BIOS itself that would make the currently booted OS think that there is only one HDD? Such as disabling the SATA ports?
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January 14, 2014 8:42:58 PM

KillBot said:
bmanv13 said:
KillBot said:
The drives will power down automatically if they are not used.


Is there a setting in the BIOS itself that would make the currently booted OS think that there is only one HDD? Such as disabling the SATA ports?


Not that I know of.




Well thank you! You have been very helpful.
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