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  1. #11


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    Sure you can have them all connected... But I normally create a boot partition anyway, regardless of HDD size. It's just a habit of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    And again this is WDP, not RTM.
    Good point.

    I just hate when Microsoft thinks they know best. Thats all I am trying to say. I am just trying to understand there thinking about this. Sometimes when they do things I just go
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  3. #13


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    Yeah, that tends to happen (a lot more with Microsoft than most other companies, I've noticed).
    Just remember, to assume makes an ass out of u and me.
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  4. #14


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    The one thing that I wish they would do is a unified installation of Windows. So that if you install a retail version of Windows you can just remove the hard drive and put it in your new computer. Thats what Apple does and I realy like that.

    Side note: Do you watch F1? Q3 is on right now. Or are you a V8 Supercar fan. Bathurst 1000 is tomarrow.
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  5. #15


    Thats because its all identical Apple hardware. MS doesn't make the hardware windows is installed on.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    Thats because its all identical Apple hardware. MS doesn't make the hardware windows is installed on.
    All Nicrosoft have to do is install of the drivers when the OS is installed. They tested this years ago with a early non-released version of Vista. They choose not to press forward with it and have not, as far as I am aware, of doing it again.

    With the Mac, it crashes twice then it works in most cases. Sometimes it takes more restarts untill all of the drivers needed for boot are loaded.
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  7. #17


    MS actually spent a fortune including drivers in win7, you would have noticed win7 installs a lot of drivers out of the box. But theres simply too much diverse hardware out there to include everything.
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  8. #18


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    That's why I think they are trying to push for UEFI and specific hardware manufacturers, to reduce the development cost overhead for adapting to lots and lots of different hardware.
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    That's why I think they are trying to push for UEFI and specific hardware manufacturers, to reduce the development cost overhead for adapting to lots and lots of different hardware.
    UEFI is one part of it. However they only need to include the drivers and nothing else. It would only take 1/2 to 1 GB. Well its late and F1 Qulifing is over so night.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    we do advise people to keep other hard drives disconnected during install because of windows proclivity to place boot files on other disks.
    It would not be prudent for those who risk corrupting HDDs (no matter how small the risk) unnecessary, by not doing so. That said i don't know why people want to install an OS on a secondary HDD. What's wrong with the primary one?
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