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Will This Setup Work?


otisdog

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#1
On one of my computers I have a 120 gig SSD with Win 7 and programs installed. There's also a 500 gig mechanical drive for data. I'm thinking of sticking another mechanical drive in there just for Win 8.1 and dual boot. Will this work ok? What will happen to the boot files? Will they stay with the Win 7 on the SSD or move to the Win 8 drive?
Thanks for your response,
Jim
 

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MilesAhead

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#2

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Netrick

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Since you are planning on installing Windows 8 to a separate hard drive, have you considered a mobile rack system? This will eliminate any dual boot issues. I have been using this solution for years and it works very well. I have both Windows 7 and 8 on separate drives that I simply swap out, plus they can share a common internal (3rd) hard drive for backups or storage. Just make sure Windows 8 fast boot feature is turned off for error-free access to the internal drive with both systems. Just a thought.
 

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otisdog

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#4
Those mobile racks are cool - thanks for the info. I did not know such a thing existed. I see how that type of setup could work very well.
Jim
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7
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    Selfbuilt
    CPU
    Intel i5 3570k
    Motherboard
    Intel dz77bh-55k
    Memory
    16 gigs Corsair
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX570

MilesAhead

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Those mobile racks are cool - thanks for the info. I did not know such a thing existed. I see how that type of setup could work very well.
Jim
I wish I had that setup when I had desktop PCs. A friend on another forum makes regular Macrium images and restores them to a drive in a docking station. Then puts the drive in a drawer. If he has a HD crash he swaps the drives and powers up. Recovery is like a matter of minutes. The drives are identical so there's no settings or driver issues.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

Netrick

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You are welcome. Since you want to use both an SSD and mechanical drive, you'll need to do a little research on this to make sure the system is compatible with both types. Cheers.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit & Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom built by me
    CPU
    Intel I7-3770
    Motherboard
    Intel DZ77GA-70K
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Twin Frozr III 6950
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Syncmaster S27B550 LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 1TB Blue (X2)
    PSU
    Corsair HX850W
    Case
    Corsair Graphite 600T White
    Cooling
    Cooler Master GeminIIS

Clintlgm

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#7
On one of my computers I have a 120 gig SSD with Win 7 and programs installed. There's also a 500 gig mechanical drive for data. I'm thinking of sticking another mechanical drive in there just for Win 8.1 and dual boot. Will this work ok? What will happen to the boot files? Will they stay with the Win 7 on the SSD or move to the Win 8 drive?
Thanks for your response,
Jim
My experience with this set up, was that Windows 8 gets the priority boot but comes to a page where you choose whether to boot to Win 8 or Win 7, This is the correct way to leave the boot set up. The Win 7 Dual boot screen is more clicks and more hassles. I think I would spring for a SSD to put the Win 8.11 on. Assuming your setting this up to familiarize your self with Win 8 you'll want both systems at their fastest. I eventually went back to Win 7 as I have software that did not play well with win 8 on that particular Mother board. I might try it again since 8.11 is out.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro MC
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    Asus G75VW / Z97 Pro
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    Intel Core i7-3610QM / I7-4790K
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    Z97 Pro
    Memory
    16 GB Hyundai HTM315156CFR8C-PB PC3-12800
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    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (GF114M)
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    VIA 6.0.10.1600
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otisdog

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Thanks all.
Jim
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuilt
    CPU
    Intel i5 3570k
    Motherboard
    Intel dz77bh-55k
    Memory
    16 gigs Corsair
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX570

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