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XP and Window's 7 on seperate hard drives?

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January 17, 2009 9:09:54 AM

Ok
I am using a 250gb SATA Drive for my main XP Pro 32bit OS, But i want to test Windows 7 beta. I don't want to dual boot on my 250gb drive because it is already nearly full. I do however have a spare 40GB IDE drive. Would it be possible to install 7 on the IDE drive leaving my XP installation intact?
January 17, 2009 10:08:31 AM

and the answer is yes. simply change the bios boot order to look for dvds first, put the dvd in the drive, turn off, disconnect the 250, put in the 40 and turn on.
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January 17, 2009 12:22:16 PM

That's what I did on my test system. My primary boot disk has XP Pro and the other one has Windows 7. I configured the disk on which I wanted to install Windows 7 as the boot disk and then I intalled the OS. Once the installation was complete, I set the disk containing XP Pro as the boot disk. If I want to boot Windows 7, I press F8 at POST to select the disk on which it's installed. Several motherboards allow the selection of the boot unit at POST.
a b G Storage
January 17, 2009 12:31:04 PM

Alternatively, instead of messing with the BIOS, just select the 40GB drive as the target when you install Windows 7 and it will set up a menu allowing you to boot into "Windows 7" or "Older versions of Windows" (i.e. your XP installation).
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