2 hard drives, dual boot straightforward?

By gubar · 5 replies
Jan 9, 2010
  1. Hi,

    I've got vista installed at the moment, and am about to buy windows 7 and a new hard drive. If I install 7 on the new drive then re-connect the old drive to the mobo, will I get an option on boot?

    Also, if I boot on 7, can I just access all the data on the other drive like any other extra drive, given that it has an os on it?

    My mobo is a tyan thunder k8we, with 2 x opteron 280s,


  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    no it wont dual boot, you would have to install a third party boot program

    yes you will be able to access the other OS, although you may have to take ownership of the drive.
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    It should be easy to setup the dual boot though. Use EasyBCD beta 2.0 (v2.0 for Win 7 support)
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I dont know why you'd want to do that ...... there is much easier solution to do the same; just plug in your new HDD, let everything remain same and format your HDD from vista ....... then boot from your win 7 disk and install win 7 on that new hdd and you should be done.

    However, what i have always done is .... i always put all OSes i want to use on one HDD (separate partitions ofcouse) ...... and secondary hdds are for data .... :)

  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

  6. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    The boot choice can be selected thru the BIOS at bootup if you like...but some people find this cumbersome.

    The advantage of this setup comes when creating backup images of each OS as they are not dependent on the bootloader but are independent of each other.
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