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April 15, 2010 5:22:34 PM

Can I just remove my current drives (XP 32 bit) do a new install (WIN 7 64 bit)on a new drive then add old drives to get files off

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a b $ Windows 7
April 15, 2010 5:26:10 PM

Yes you can do that. Just make sure that your BIOS is set to boot from your Win7 installation. Once you boot, the XP drive will be seen as an extra drive.
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April 15, 2010 11:34:23 PM

it will give you a dual boot option as well when you install the XP drive again
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a b $ Windows 7
April 16, 2010 12:05:13 AM

number13 said:
it will give you a dual boot option as well when you install the XP drive again

No it won't, dual boot will not be created when the XP drive is added after the Windows 7 instalation.
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April 16, 2010 12:41:09 AM

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April 16, 2010 12:48:02 AM

It can be made to boot by using something like EasyBCD, but W7 will not create the dual boot option for XP when XP is added after W7 instalation.
If Xp is already there with the drive connected, the W7 instalation will create a dual boot option.
Remember he states he is going to disconnect the XP drive before installing W7, so how will it know to create a dual boot for a non existing OS.
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