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Move win 7 from ssd to ssd, now want to put two OS on two ssds on same PC. How?

Hello,

Here's my predicament. I want to use a 120gb ssd, I had used for my main drive when I got the computer, as another system in the sense that I want to buy Windows 10 and install it on the ssd to have two systems on one computer. I do know it's maybe a bit of a pain to alternate between the two through BIOS. But I still want to do it.
Now the issue seems to be that the former ssd is drive D on my current system, a primary drive and a storage drive set up with the new system. It has a recovery drive beside it but generally nothing on the ssd drive except for some weird files I can't delete. I imagine that the recovery drive is the Windows 7 that was installed from the builder. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Anyways I can format the ssd drive without the recovery drive but I can''t remove it as a storage drive. It might be that I'm too cautious to mess with something but I can send pictures of the situation or whatever you might need even if I might need to google how to find some of it. I won't mind if you call me a noob, if you can answer my question and help me.

I do know computers quite a bit but nowhere near the level you guys do.

My question is, I guess, how do I remove the ssd as a storage drive from the main (new) system and manage to have it available to install Windows 10 on it still as a second system?

Thank you in advance
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  1. Just to make it absolutely clear (at least to me) what your present situation is and to understand your specific objective(s)...

    1. You're working with a single PC now, right?
    2. It's a laptop, desktop, self-built or custom machine, or OEM PC?
    3. You have a single 120 GB SSD installed on that PC that serves as your boot drive, right?
    4. And the OS is Win 7?
    5. Or are there any other drives installed in the PC? If so, what purpose do they serve?
    5. As of this moment the system functions just fine - it boots & functions without problems, yes?
    6. So your basic objective is to use the present 120 GB SSD as the vehicle to setup a dual-boot configuration so that you would have two OSs installed on that single 120 GB SSD - Win 7 & Win 10. Is that your objective in a nutshell?
    7. You're not planning to purchase another drive, right?

    You might send along a screenshot of the present Disk Management. Ensure that the screenshot is complete in that it includes the top portion of its window so as to include the "% Free" heading on that top bar.

    (I just noticed the heading of your post refers to TWO SSDs. So you're planning to use two SSDs - one to contain Win 7 and the other Win 10? Is that it?)
  2. ArtPog said:
    Just to make it absolutely clear (at least to me) what your present situation is and to understand your specific objective(s)...

    1. You're working with a single PC now, right?
    2. It's a laptop, desktop, self-built or custom machine, or OEM PC?
    3. You have a single 120 GB SSD installed on that PC that serves as your boot drive, right?
    4. And the OS is Win 7?
    5. Or are there any other drives installed in the PC? If so, what purpose do they serve?
    5. As of this moment the system functions just fine - it boots & functions without problems, yes?
    6. So your basic objective is to use the present 120 GB SSD as the vehicle to setup a dual-boot configuration so that you would have two OSs installed on that single 120 GB SSD - Win 7 & Win 10. Is that your objective in a nutshell?
    7. You're not planning to purchase another drive, right?

    You might send along a screenshot of the present Disk Management. Ensure that the screenshot is complete in that it includes the top portion of its window so as to include the "% Free" heading on that top bar.

    (I just noticed the heading of your post refers to TWO SSDs. So you're planning to use two SSDs - one to contain Win 7 and the other Win 10? Is that it?)


    Hello, thank you for your question, here are my answers to clarify.

    1) Single PC, yes.
    2) It's a somewhat self-built desktop with very different name-brand parts, I got it built at pcspecialist in the UK and changed the cpu, the psu and the systemboard myself later on, not to mention changed the ssds.
    3) Nope the 120gb drive used to serve as my boot drive, I changed it to another bigger SSD.
    4) The OS was Win 7 when I changed it, it has later been upgraded to Win 10. I think if there's a remainder of a OS on the 120 gb SSD it's Win 7 however.
    5) I have my main C drive which is the new SSD boot drive. Then I have a HDD with 2 TB to keep as storage. And then the spare 120 gb SSD.
    6) Nope, I want two SSDs with Win 10 on it to boot at different times.
    7) I could consider it, if this is too much of a hassle.

    Can I upload pics without resorting to cloud websites?

    Almost right. Just two SSDs with Win 10 if possible, I don't suppose you can purchase Win 7 for cheap anymore.
  3. Best answer
    So when all is said & done we can forget about installing or utilizing Win 7 in your system. You'll be working only with Win 10. I'll proceed on that basis.

    1. So your system's boot drive is "another bigger SSD" (whatever that is) that contains the Win 10 OS. Presumably it boots without incident and thereafter properly functions.

    2. Now, (for some unexplained reason) you desire two 120 GB drives installed in the system, each containing the Win 10 OS so that they "can boot at different times". I suppose you have your reasons for this strange configuration. It's just hard for me to understand the practical need for this kind of configuration in your system.

    3. Anyway, if that's what you want...why not install the OS on one of the 120 GB drives and then clone the contents of that drive to another 120 GB drive. Would that suffice for your purposes? If, for some reason it doesn't suffice, then simply install the Win 10 OS on both drives.

    4. Since these boot drives would be internally-installed in your system you would access your system's boot menu following powering-up the PC and select the drive of your choice from the boot menu.
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