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Boot from Clone?

Jul 28, 2012 7:29 PM

OK, heres another PC transplant question.

 

I used a utility to create a bootable clone of Disk 1 (my C: drive).

 

If and when I have problems with that drive, I want to boot for the clone I made which is on Disk 4, which was named my A: drive

 

What is the procedure to access a screen when starting up the computer in order to choose which disk to boot off of? On OSX all I have to do is hold Option during boot up and my choices are displayed

 
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    Jul 28, 2012 7:35 PM   in reply to lasvideo

    On Windows, it's the F8 key.

     

    Jeff

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 8:19 PM   in reply to lasvideo

    It depends.  F8 will give you the start up options like Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, etc.  If you install Windows 7 on a new drive when another drive with Windows 7 already exists on the system, then I think you'll get the boot option automatically.  I did this on my system, except with 2 partitions on a single drive instead of 2 physical drives.  YMMV.  I've got one instance of Windows 7 as my production system, and one instance as my "sandbox".

     

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    Jul 29, 2012 8:32 AM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    I can't comment on having two Win7 installations and booting options, but I do have a dual-boot setup with WinXP (installed first, to a small partition on my boot drive) and Win7 installed to a partition that uses the rest of the drive

     

    When I restart, I am presented with a screen that allows me to choose which Windows to boot into

     

    For more information on dual booting (or multiboot? It's been awhile, so I don't remember Microsoft's actual term) search http://search.microsoft.com/search.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US for instructions

     

    EDIT - just went to the site, Microsoft calls it multiboot, so search for that

     
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    Jul 29, 2012 3:37 PM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    On Windows, it's the F8 key.

     

    This is more of a motherboard issue than a Windows issue.  Usually you press the Delete key when powering up to get into the BIOS, which is where you change the boot device.

     

    But the larger issue is calling that drive A:  I've never seen Windows work on anything other than the C: drive, so you may have issues when it's installed to the A: drive.

     

    (That's one reason I feel a RAID 1 is the better option over a clone for this purpose.)

     
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    Jul 30, 2012 8:03 AM   in reply to lasvideo

    There are 2 standard ways to boot to the second drive. The first is changing the drive boot order either in the bios as mentioned above or selecting the boot option key that every board has on bootup. Normally the boot device option on bootup depending on the board is F8 through F12. Each board is different and will have a specific key for that. The second option that was mentioned above is the Windows boot manager option. You can edit the BCD to give you the option to select which Windows image you want to boot to. The Bcd however is not the easiest thing to edit so I suggest you look at a tool like Easy BCD. That utility makes it far easier to change the Boot Manager.

     

    Eric

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