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Is it possible........................?

  1. #1


    California
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    Windows 7 Home Premium S 64 bit

    Is it possible........................?


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    Here is how my laptop is set up with 4 drives.
    If and when 8 becomes available, is it possible to use "D" drive to load and use 8 as an OS on it?
    That way I would have 7 on "C" and 8 would be on "D"....
    Thanks in Advance.
    THW

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    Mt. Crumpit cave
    Posts : 108
    Win 7 Ult X64 SP1


    I would think so Dennis. If those are separate physical drives each OS would need the 100MB boot partition. If they are external (how do you get 4 HDD's in a laptop) they would need to connect via eSATA or to the laptop board directly.
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    California
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    Haven't taken it apart yet as it would break the warranty but it came built that way from Sam's Club.
    Here's what I found.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    1 Hard drive

    4 partitions.
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    California
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    Windows 7 Home Premium S 64 bit


    I was afraid of that.................4 partitions.
    If it is to good to be true ...................it usually is!
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    Sydney Australia
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    You can still put Windows 8 on that partition.
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    Odell
    Posts : 60
    Windows 8CP


    Mount or expand the Windows 8 ISO file of your choice. Get imagex.exe and use it to image your D: drive with the default Windows 8 image and make the disk bootable. Replace x in the diskpart commands below with the number of the d: volume from the lis vol command.
    Code:
    imagex /apply g:\sources\install.wim 4 d:\
    bcdboot d:\windows /s d: /v
    diskpart
    lis vol
    sel vol x
    act
    exi
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You could use your old desktop, as Windows 8 Test Rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You could use your old desktop, as Windows 8 Test Rig.
    Isn't it true that windows 8 doesn't need better specs than 7?
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    If you use Windows 7 disk management to delete the D: partition and then use disk management to recreate a partition of that unallocated space it will be an Extended partition by default and then you could have as many Logical drives as there are available drive letters.

    Then you could install any Windows OS to a Logical drive and it will not interfere with the "System" boot files and whenever you need to remove the "new" Windows it would be as simple as just deleting that Logical in disk management.

    Have a look at this tutorial at the link below for some info.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...al-drives.html
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