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Topic # 29706 15-Jan-2009 22:20
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I want to dual boot XP Pro & W7 from separate physical drives (mainly so that should the proverbial and the fan meet, I don't lose my main OS). Has anyone attempted this yet - if so - how? Possibly a stupid question, but have to start somewhere!!!



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  Reply # 189920 16-Jan-2009 02:15
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Yes and there tons of articles and blogs posts about dual booting windows 7 already.

http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=windows+7+dual+boot



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  Reply # 189932 16-Jan-2009 07:58
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99.9% of them are regarding dual booting from a petitioned HDD, which I am not wanting to achieve. I was hoping some one out there has got it booting off separate physical drives and can give me some pointers on how they did this. Thanks anyway.

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  Reply # 189940 16-Jan-2009 09:31
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I would expect the process to work the same way. The only difference is that you are selecting the partition on a different drive to install the OS.

I would suggest making a backup of your current install though before you start.







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