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Dual Booting Windows 7/8 - Two Separate Hard Drives

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March 17, 2014 8:00:49 AM

Hi everyone,

I just completed my build as follows.

Windows 7 - WD Blue 1 TB Sata HD
Windows 8 - Crucial M500 480 SSD

Motherboard - Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 LGA 1150

Is there a way to make the Boot Manager appear on startup allowing me to select either Windows 7 or Windows 8?

Or, do I have to use Gigabyte's F12 function to select which drive to boot from?

Thank you!
March 17, 2014 8:29:02 AM

Download EasyBCD. Boot into whichever OS loads by default (without you changing the boot order) and set your bootloader on the drive it boots from. Add the other OS in the bootloader and done.

The next time it boots, you should be presented with your boot options.
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March 17, 2014 8:39:38 AM

techgeek,

Thanks for your reply.

The boot sequence in the BIOS is currently set to the SSD (Win8). I downloaded and installed EasyBCD as instructed.

When I open EasyBCD, all I see in "Edit Boot Menu" is the Windows 8.1 entry.

So, I booted into Win7, installed EasyBCD and there, I can see both the Western Digital and the Crucial SSD (in addition to the DVD drive). I'm not sure why EasyBCD is not seeing other drives in Windows 8.

This may be related to another issue I inquired about in this thread - http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2067953/gigabyte...

Thanks for the continued help...
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March 17, 2014 8:46:32 AM

I think because you installed Windows 7 second.

From Windows 8.1, you need to Add Entry. Point it to the other HDD.
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March 17, 2014 9:23:45 AM

techgeek said:
I think because you installed Windows 7 second.

From Windows 8.1, you need to Add Entry. Point it to the other HDD.


I actually installed Windows 7 on the WD HD first. Then, I disconnected the drive and installed Windows 8 on the Crucial SSD and reconnected the WD HD.

I did as you instructed and added a Windows 7 entry to EasyBCD from Windows 8.1. That worked!

Now, I have the Crucial SSD set as the default drive in the BIOS and during startup, the Boot Manager appears allowing me to make the selection. :) 

Thanks very much!


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March 17, 2014 9:30:35 AM

Glad I could help. Enjoy.
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