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How to load/boot two versions of Win7 on seperate drives?

Last response: in Windows 7
March 5, 2011 2:04:35 PM

Currently running Win7(64-bit) in RAID-0 on 2 WD Caviar Black's.

I just purchased a SSD drive.

What I want to do is load Win7 on the SSD and use that as my main drive, while also keeping my RAID drives boot-able and in tact as they are now. (Thus, a dual-boot Win7 setup)
Will the BIOS allow me to select which drive to boot from upon start-up? My mobo is an ASUS Rampage II Extreme.

a b $ Windows 7
March 5, 2011 2:40:55 PM

You can use Easy BCD to set your computer to allow you to select the system you want to boot.
March 5, 2011 2:59:02 PM

Thank you treefrog. But is a BIOS overlay really necessary? Won't bootloader do that automatically?
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a b $ Windows 7
March 5, 2011 3:08:11 PM

You can use the BIOS; you just have to open it, make the boot-drive changes, save and exit your changes and re-boot - each time you start your computer.

Easy BCD is a bootloader, not a BIOS overlay. It allows more options than MS's default bootloader: it allows you to manage loading MS OSes through W7, including the OS default, selection screen, time delay, and HDD selection. I've found it very helpful in managing my dual-boot machines (XP and W7).
March 5, 2011 3:27:38 PM

Gotcha. Changing BIO settings each time is a pain. I used to do that with a Win 98 box in a previous life. Thanks again for the help!
March 5, 2011 3:30:01 PM

BTW Treefrog - Do you use SSD drives?
a b $ Windows 7
March 5, 2011 4:28:10 PM

You're welcome. I haven't moved to SSDs; I haven't done enough research to decide if they are worth the money. I haven't seen anything that lets me justify the cost/GB when I compare them to std. HDDs.