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dual boot Vista & Windows 7 off 2 separate HDDs

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by kompozer, Dec 23, 2010.

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  1. kompozer

    kompozer Thread Starter

    Dec 23, 2010
    Hi :)
    I currently have Vista home premium installed on a partitioned SATA hard drive.
    I want to install Windows 7 H.P. on a new SATA hard drive that I want to partition as well.
    Until I have a chance to move my files & programs across to the new HD and for the added security of knowing I have an existing bootable HD, I want to be able to boot off either the old Vista HD or W7 on the new HD.
    In order to have an easy W7 install it's been suggested that I disconnect the old & connect up the new HD before booting from the W7 installation CD. After W7 has been installed I would then connect the old HD as well for the next reboot. Is this good advice? (With SATA HDs I understand there is no master/slave configuration to be set up.)
    Will I be able to dual boot either during the POST/BIOS procedure, or can I install a utility like EasyBCD on the new HD (or both HDs?).
    Does EasyBCD then ask you at startup time to specify which OS you want to boot from?
    I'm a somewhat unclear on a few things so would appreciate any advice.
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