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Dual-boot XP32 w/ Wijn7-64?

  • Dual Boot
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
May 16, 2009 6:05:50 AM

I built a new PC and put 32 bit XP on its partitioned hard drive. To play with 7 I've been thinking about buying another hard drive and loading 7 on it. Would there be a problem with running 64 bit 7 on the same computer? IOW would there be problems reading/writing to the XP drive?

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a b $ Windows 7
May 16, 2009 8:19:37 AM

The answer to both questions is that you would have no problems. I run Windows 2000, XP-64, Windows 7-64, and Fedora10 on the same computer. The Windows installations can't see the Fedora drive, but otherwise everything works just fine.
a b $ Windows 7
May 16, 2009 8:23:53 AM

No problems. Using a 2nd HDD is the ideal solution too.
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May 16, 2009 8:34:56 AM

I have Vista installed on a RAID0 so to install Win7 I did this:

Disconnected all the drives except the one I wanted to install Win7 on.
Installed using the DVD as usual.

Boot cycle it so all the drivers are installed etc.

Reconnected all drives and I now use the BIOS to choose the boot drive.
RAID0 for Vista
Samsung 250GB for Win7

May seem a little extreme and a bit of messing but there is no Boot issues at all even after deleting a OS from a HDD as each HDD has its own Boot Strap.

Remember to switch the PC off before removing/adding Hardware
May 16, 2009 9:45:08 PM

Easy buy a vantec Nextar Hard Drive dock and use e-sata if your motherboard supports it. Hard drives are cheap enough these days, saves messing with dual booting etc :)