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Dual Boot Compartmentalized OS

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#1 another_java_dev89


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 11:05 AM

Let me apologize in advance if I posted this in the incorrect sub-forum--none of the options seemed like a perfect fit.


I have a built Windows 7 PC that I use for work.  I'd like to be able to use the computer for non-work related projects, while keeping personal data completely compartmentalized from work data.
What I need, essentially, is two seperate installations of Windows, running on two different drives, setup in a way that will not allow data from one to bleed into the other.  
As an example, Antivirus scans running from OS-1 should not be able to see any of the programs or data on OS-2.  How would I accomplish this?
The next problem is that I have no free SATA ports, and PCI/USB are not bootable options for my motherboard.  I do, however, have two SSD drives running in RAID0, appearing as a single drive.
I could free up a SATA port by replacing the RAID configuration with a single SSD.  Aside from the usual data backup/restoration process, will I run into any problems doing this?

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#2 YeahBleeping


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 01:07 PM

I am not 100% sure since backing up from a Raid Array and then going to a single drive may cause issues in and of itself..


Regardless there are 2 ways I have seen this done


1.  Use the computers bios to select the drive from which to use as the boot drive. (Some prefer this method as this keeps both drives truly separate without the use of a third party boot loader.)


2.  Use easybcd to setup a dual boot - boot loader at startup

#3 Kilroy


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 07:08 PM

How about drive cages?  Install your personal OS on a drive and then swap out drives when you want to switch systems?


Encryption would also be a way that you could separate data.  Use different passwords or user names for encryption so the one OS can't read the other.

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 04:29 PM

Something like this might do the trick;




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