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Dual boot in Win 8 using 2 Hard drives ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanwilma View Post
    Is it possible to have two hard drives in the computer and to be able to choose which one to start with ?

    I have in mind that one hard drive has all my normal programs and the other is used for Flight simulation program.

    Both hard drives would have win 8 installed. I appreciate that I could use one hard drive and partition it so the flight sim is on a separate partition. However, for two reasons I wouldn't want this as the flight sim with scenery requires a lot of Gigs. and secondly I believe that it would run faster on its own hard drive.

    So. Is it possible to set up the computer to decide which Drive I wish to start ? and if so can someone tell me how to set it up ?

    Alanwilma
    Thanks.


    Instead of dual boot install the Flight simulation program on the second HD and all its scenery files, will run as fast as if it were on a boot drive maybe faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    what happens if one tries to install Windows 8 first?
    Than install what OS?
    Assuming no cable changing, let's say Win7.
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    Thanks to all who replied with the various solutions. Very helpful.

    alanwilma
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    what happens if one tries to install Windows 8 first?
    Than install what OS?
    Assuming no cable changing, let's say Win7.
    Than you would doing this for Windows 7 or Vista:
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    Installing Win8 first and then Win7 on different drives (not SS)--no cable changing. Thanks

    Edit: And, please see next post.
    Last edited by znod; 17 Dec 2012 at 22:24.
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    I am sure I am losing my mind. I thought I was replying to something else above. Still what is immediately above is what I am interested in knowing about. What happens under those conditions? Would such an installation work with no fuss? Would booting occur with no problem? Would the double boot problem arising if Win8 is installed second be present? Part of my confusion is that the link you posted above is related to dual booting when Win7 (or Vista) is installed first and, thus, Win8 second.
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