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Windows 8.1 and 7 dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD

How do I create a dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD? Currently I have a SSD with windows 8.1 installed on it and a HDD with windows 7 installed on it. Instead of unplugging a SATA cable every time I wanna use a different OS, I want to create a solution where I have windows 8.1 SSD as my primary and windows 7 HDD as my secondary with the HDD being partitioned for additional storage for the SSD. Also, is it possible to change the default timer for the system to auto boot to windows 8.1 when no selection has been made? Thanks for any help or direction, I'm looking forward to learning this! :D
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    bcdedit.exe you will need to add your second OS to the boot order and specify the default.

    Plenty of information out there about it.
  2. Uncle Bushpig said:
    How do I create a dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD? Currently I have a SSD with windows 8.1 installed on it and a HDD with windows 7 installed on it. Instead of unplugging a SATA cable every time I wanna use a different OS, I want to create a solution where I have windows 8.1 SSD as my primary and windows 7 HDD as my secondary with the HDD being partitioned for additional storage for the SSD. Also, is it possible to change the default timer for the system to auto boot to windows 8.1 when no selection has been made? Thanks for any help or direction, I'm looking forward to learning this! :D

    This might help
    http://neosmart.net/downloads/software/EasyBCD/EasyBCD%202.1.2.exe
  3. dodger46 said:
    Uncle Bushpig said:
    How do I create a dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD? Currently I have a SSD with windows 8.1 installed on it and a HDD with windows 7 installed on it. Instead of unplugging a SATA cable every time I wanna use a different OS, I want to create a solution where I have windows 8.1 SSD as my primary and windows 7 HDD as my secondary with the HDD being partitioned for additional storage for the SSD. Also, is it possible to change the default timer for the system to auto boot to windows 8.1 when no selection has been made? Thanks for any help or direction, I'm looking forward to learning this! :D

    This might help
    http://neosmart.net/downloads/software/EasyBCD/EasyBCD%202.1.2.exe


    Thanks! I ended up using this software instead of screwing around with bcdedit in command line. Much appreciated for the shared knowledge! :D
  4. Uncle Bushpig said:
    dodger46 said:
    Uncle Bushpig said:
    How do I create a dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD? Currently I have a SSD with windows 8.1 installed on it and a HDD with windows 7 installed on it. Instead of unplugging a SATA cable every time I wanna use a different OS, I want to create a solution where I have windows 8.1 SSD as my primary and windows 7 HDD as my secondary with the HDD being partitioned for additional storage for the SSD. Also, is it possible to change the default timer for the system to auto boot to windows 8.1 when no selection has been made? Thanks for any help or direction, I'm looking forward to learning this! :D

    This might help
    http://neosmart.net/downloads/software/EasyBCD/EasyBCD%202.1.2.exe


    Thanks! I ended up using this software instead of screwing around with bcdedit in command line. Much appreciated for the shared knowledge! :D


    Hi there,
    I am in the same situation. Could please tell me how did you configured with easybcd?
  5. Uncle Bushpig said:
    How do I create a dual boot system using two completely separate HDDs instead of a single partitioned HDD? Currently I have a SSD with windows 8.1 installed on it and a HDD with windows 7 installed on it. Instead of unplugging a SATA cable every time I wanna use a different OS, I want to create a solution where I have windows 8.1 SSD as my primary and windows 7 HDD as my secondary with the HDD being partitioned for additional storage for the SSD. Also, is it possible to change the default timer for the system to auto boot to windows 8.1 when no selection has been made? Thanks for any help or direction, I'm looking forward to learning this! :D


    The easiest solution is would be (both disks attached):

    1. Dual-boot Repair tool for Windows 8.1 - "Automatic Repair"
    this would make Windows 8.1 the default boot choice (irrelevant if Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is running at the time of fix)

    2. In Windows 8.1 run Visual BCD Editor and just add Windows 7 if missing - use "f9" key for automatic inclusion.
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