Do you need a new partition to dual boot windows?

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Anasttin

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Hi,

I have 4 hard drives on my computer and want to have the option of dual booting into Windows 8 (which is my current operating system) and also Windows 10 which I plan to install.

Someone told me that I can't just install the Windows 10 on one of the other drives, and have to create a separate partition for it on one of my existing drives.

That scares me because I have data on all 4 of my drives and would feel much better about installing Windows 10 on one of the existing drives without creating a separate partition because I know creating partitions can destroy all data on drives in an instant.

Does anyone know if I have to have a separate partition or what the best way forward would be for me?

Thanks,

Ana
 
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Someone told me that I can't just install the Windows 10 on one of the other drives, and have to create a separate partition for it on one of my existing drives.
Yes you can....this is called multi-booting. Dual booting is more then 1 OS on the same HDD. While multi- booting is have a single OS on separate HDD's. I do this all the time.

The key to multi booting is; first power down, then disconnect all cables from the C drive, install new HDD and connect power/data cables, power up, insert install media and then reboot and follow normal OS install procedures.
 
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If you want to use one of the other HDD's that has data on it....you will need to create a new partition for the OS to be installed on. Like you said, if something should go wrong later on and the chances of the whole drive being lost is very possible. It's why I recommend using a new clean HDD.
 
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