I have a (Dell E6400) laptop supplied by my employer that is configured as per company policy (with Win 7) and I need to have that left in tact.
In the past I have installed a SSD in caddy and used it in place of the DVD drive and installed Windows 8 on it. I found procedure wrote/changed something on my original drive (changed the boot record maybe?) since booting without the SSD installed still gave the option for Win8 and this is not acceptable - I want the original drive left in tact.
So what I have done since then (after re-imaging original disk) is to remove the original disk and install the SSD proper (instead of in caddy) and installed Win8. I then replaced the original disk and re-fitted the SSD into the caddy so that I can now select which disk I wish to boot from via the BIOS. This works fine except that when switching from one OS to the other, CHKDISK runs and changes many file descriptors - it mentions making changes to the journal.
Apart from taking quite a long time to complete, I am worried that it may at some point render my system unusable; at one point when I skipped the CHKDSK, it reported that my Windows7 was not genuine, however after re-booting and re-running CHKDSK this problem went away.
So my question is; can anyone advise me on how to stop Windows 8 changing the file descriptors of the original disk or otherwise configure my laptop such that I can run Windows 8 off the SSD but when the SSD is removed and the DVD is replaced, it should be as if Windows 8 were never there?
Thanks in advance.