This is my first posting in the EightForums, having spent most of my time the past few years in the SevenForums. But now I have Win8.1 and so I'm here.:cool:
I have a dual booting question about what I want to do and how to do it. I've read many of the docs on these forums about dual booting Win7/Win8...but I'm unclear about how it will work in my situation.
My rig previously had Win7 Ultimate x64 that was clean installed on a single hard drive. I recently clean installed Win8 Pro x64, then upgraded to 8.1 Pro, on a twin hard drive (both drives are same make/model of WD). So now, I currently have both operating systems on their own separate hard drives.
If I want to boot to the Win7 hard drive, I plug it in and unplug the Win8.1 hard drive. If want to boot to Win8.1, it's vice versa. In other words, I never have both drives plugged in...because I just don't know what would happen if both were plugged in. I'm leery of plugging both in (though I do have backups).
Another thing that makes me unclear is that the Win7 drive has a System Reserved, while the Win8 drive does not. So I don't know how this will affect a dual boot. I took screen shots of each in Disk Management (below) for examination by someone.
Both drives are in their own hot swap bays, so it's easy for me to pull a drive depending on which O/S I want to boot to. I just undock one hard drive from its bay when I want the other hard drive to boot.
Win8 is plugged into SATA Port 0 of the motherboard
Win7 is plugged into SATA Port 1 of the motherboard
What I would like to do:
I want to have both drives plugged in at the same time to create a dual boot system. Will Win8's boot manager automatically see and deal with the Win7 drive and give me the Win8 boot options menu on startup so that I can choose which O/S to boot to?
Or is my configuration of the drives incorrect and will both being plugged in bork both drives? Or is there something I can do to fix this so that I can use both drives for dual booting?
This is the first time I've ever tried to dual boot and I've read many of the docs in this forum...but I just don't know if what I've got will go right or not.
Thanks for any help given about this and I'll let you know how it goes. Screenshots are below.
Win7 Disk Management (has System Reserved)
Win8.1 Disk Management (has no System Reserved)