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Dual boot problem

  1. #1


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    win 7, win 8

    Dual boot problem


    I have setup my computer with four separate hard drives. two of the drives are installed permanently inside my machine and are use as a data drives. For booting I use two separate disks in a drawer, one with windows 8 and other with windows 7. Booting my machine with win 8 doesn't create any problems, win 8 boots and behave normally. The problem starts when I swap boot disk from win 8 to win 7. Windows 7 boots, but immediately starts repairing my two data disks. Is there solution for this problem?

    thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    or
    To by-pass hybrid shutdown, you can do a command-line shutdown
    shutdown.exe /s /f /t 00.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    win 7, win 8


    thanks for replay, but what Fast Startup has to do with my problem ?. I use two separate hard drives, one for windows 8 and another for windows 7. they are connected one at a time to my machine. when I need to use win 8, I connect drive with windows 8 OS, and when I need to work with win 7, I power down my machne remove drive with win 8 and insert drive with win 7 OS.
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  4. #4


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    When you shutdown Windows 8, Windows 8 will do a hybrid shutdown.

    Base of
    4A) Closes all open windows & Apps.
    4B) Copies all ram info to the HDD.
    4C) Turns off the hardware.
    4D) When restarted Windows 8 will do a hybrid boot, & picks up right from where you shutdown.

    By-passing hybrid shutdown, Windows 7 will not scan the Data Hdd.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    win 7, win 8


    Thanks,
    Now everything is clear. I gone try these lather On.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    win 7, win 8


    theog,

    Thanks again, everything is working now as should be.
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  7. #7


    Ok I have made myself a problem. Trying to clean up my daughters old laptop, I followed precise instructions on removing partition (linux) with My computer, Manage, disk management and it worked beautifully but ............

    all I am getting now is black screen with the words error no such partition. grub rescue>

    Ideas on how to boot into her XP?
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  8. #8


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    When you shutdown Windows 8, Windows 8 will do a hybrid shutdown.

    Base of
    4A) Closes all open windows & Apps.
    4B) Copies all ram info to the HDD.
    4C) Turns off the hardware.
    4D) When restarted Windows 8 will do a hybrid boot, & picks up right from where you shutdown.

    By-passing hybrid shutdown, Windows 7 will not scan the Data Hdd.
    He may understand, but I don't. I have Windows 8 installed on one hard drive and Windows 7 installed on another. Each hard drive has its own programs . . . I have Office 2010 installed on each drive, browsers on each drive, etc. I also have a Western Digital MyBook which stores my data.

    When I'm in Windows 8, the Windows 7 hard drive isn't plugged in and vice versa . . . My data drive is pretty much the same as Juzio's; the data is available to both drives.

    Unless I'm misunderstanding what "data drive" means. To me, it means the files created by MS Word, Excel, PaperPort 14, etc., etc.

    As I see it, Juzio's not dual booting; instead, he's probably using a mobile rack and swapping drives when he wants to use Win 7 or Win 8.
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  9. #9


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    And now I have a major problem after successfully installing Windows 8 on my Windows 7 hard drive for a dual boot system.

    Once the new system was set up, I wanted to install my programs to 8, so I unhooked the dual boot drive and hooked up the single boot Windows 8 drive so that I could figure out which Product Key I'd used for installing Office 2010. I have my WD MyBook hooked to the USB port of the computer and everything was working fine there until I did this.

    I guess Windows 8 did a number on the MyBook, because I'm told the directory or data is corrupt and the hard drive is unavailable.

    For me, this is a disaster! The data on that drive is irreplaceable, and I don't know how to fix things.

    Help, please!!!
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  10. #10


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by juzio View Post
    I have setup my computer with four separate hard drives. two of the drives are installed permanently inside my machine and are use as a data drives. For booting I use two separate disks in a drawer, one with windows 8 and other with windows 7. Booting my machine with win 8 doesn't create any problems, win 8 boots and behave normally. The problem starts when I swap boot disk from win 8 to win 7. Windows 7 boots, but immediately starts repairing my two data disks. Is there solution for this problem?

    thanks.
    Curiosity, are you running UEFI?
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