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#1 JohnWJ

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 02:51 PM

Hi there 

 

To start with I have tried the search feature but my search FU is weak. I am thinking of putting another hard drive in my computer that has windows 8.? on my computer that runs windows 10 so I can play some games that do not work with windows 10 is that possible. Sorry if this has been asked before if it has please point me in the right direction 

 

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:02 PM

I don't know how to do it, however, I'm thinking the boot loader [probably from "C drive"] has to be able to detect and give you the two OS load/startup options.  I think bcdedit[?] can help with that.  From what I remember, the normal way to educate the boot loader was to install one OS first, then install the other OS second; I have no idea if simply installing a 2nd HD will educate the boot loader -- maybe bcdedit can help with that, maybe not.


Edited by RolandJS, 31 January 2017 - 03:05 PM.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:33 PM

Yes you can, and it works great. I currently have W10, W7 Ultimate and XP Pro on 3 separate HDDs (except my W7 is an SSD). When I boot, I tap F11 and the boot options window appears and I arrow-down to which drive I want to boot in to, press Enter and it boots that version. The big advantage also is that if one drive fails, I just get another, re-image Windows back on from my backup drive, and I am up and running. To my way of thinking, that is more efficient than partitioning a single HDD and when it fails you loose 3 OSs plus data.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:39 PM

RanchHand, that's great news!  I never knew it could be done -- does bcdedit still help?


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:48 PM

Yes you can, and it works great. I currently have W10, W7 Ultimate and XP Pro on 3 separate HDDs (except my W7 is an SSD). When I boot, I tap F11 and the boot options window appears and I arrow-down to which drive I want to boot in to, press Enter and it boots that version. The big advantage also is that if one drive fails, I just get another, re-image Windows back on from my backup drive, and I am up and running. To my way of thinking, that is more efficient than partitioning a single HDD and when it fails you loose 3 OSs plus data.

Thank you so much


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 08:46 AM

@ JohnWJ....most welcome!

 

@ RolandJS...I would think it should, but never thought about using it;  the boot options menu comes from the BIOS, whereas bcdedit is a Windows command-line utility (and a powerful one, at that). I will have to experiment some day.


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 09:43 AM

JohnWJ - I'm assuming this 2nd HD is Windows-disabled until needed?


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 11:39 AM

JohnWJ - I'm assuming this 2nd HD is Windows-disabled until needed?

the second drive is not in a computer at the moment. How do you mean Windows disabled ???


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:08 PM

 

JohnWJ - I'm assuming this 2nd HD is Windows-disabled until needed?

the second drive is not in a computer at the moment. How do you mean Windows disabled ???

Because I have two internal HDs in the desktop, Control Panel --> Device Manager, locate the 2nd HD not needed for normal use, right-click and left-click Disable -- that will keep explorer.exe from seeing and using the un-needed, 2nd HD.


Edited by RolandJS, 01 February 2017 - 12:15 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:23 PM

 

 

JohnWJ - I'm assuming this 2nd HD is Windows-disabled until needed?

the second drive is not in a computer at the moment. How do you mean Windows disabled ???

Because I have two internal HDs in the desktop, Control Panel --> Device Manager, locate the 2nd HD not needed for normal use, right-click and left-click Disable -- that will keep explorer.exe from seeing and using the un-needed, 2nd HD.

 

Thank  you for the information


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:04 PM

I would not attempt to manually edit the BCD to add another OS drive to the Boot menu. EasyBCD is the preferable method. 

 

http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 02:30 PM

JohnC, I was actually thinking of EasyBCD, I totally forgot the right name until you just now mentioned it!   :)


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:03 PM

Yes you can, and it works great. I currently have W10, W7 Ultimate and XP Pro on 3 separate HDDs (except my W7 is an SSD). When I boot, I tap F11 and the boot options window appears and I arrow-down to which drive I want to boot in to, press Enter and it boots that version. The big advantage also is that if one drive fails, I just get another, re-image Windows back on from my backup drive, and I am up and running. To my way of thinking, that is more efficient than partitioning a single HDD and when it fails you loose 3 OSs plus data.

Thanks again but Is there a way to do it if you are already have the computer up and running?. 


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

JohnWJ....my apologies for not replying to you; I was on vacation deep in the Idaho Rocky Mountains primitive areas and there was no service of any kind.

If you still need help, please post back.


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Posted 22 September 2017 - 03:53 PM

 

Yes you can, and it works great. I currently have W10, W7 Ultimate and XP Pro on 3 separate HDDs (except my W7 is an SSD). When I boot, I tap F11 and the boot options window appears and I arrow-down to which drive I want to boot in to, press Enter and it boots that version. The big advantage also is that if one drive fails, I just get another, re-image Windows back on from my backup drive, and I am up and running. To my way of thinking, that is more efficient than partitioning a single HDD and when it fails you loose 3 OSs plus data.

Thanks again but Is there a way to do it if you are already have the computer up and running?. 

 

 

 

Hit restart, that will do it.


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