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

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March 24, 2014 5:26:48 PM

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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March 24, 2014 6:32:28 PM

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.
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March 25, 2014 12:47:40 AM

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%...
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March 30, 2014 3:51:59 PM

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%...


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