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I have two hard drives (one for my business and one for personal). I have installed Windows 7 on each drive. However, I cannot get any sort of dual boot to work. It seems that Windows only recognizes that Windows 7 is installed, so when the boot loader comes up it just lets me choose the version of Windows 7 on that hard drive, without showing me the option to boot to the other drive. I know I can just choose the hard drive to boot to from the BIOS, which is kind of like a boot loader, but I am looking for a more elegant solution.

Is there any way to configure a boot loader (with a piece of software?) so that I do not need to select the hard drive I want to boot to from the BIOS?

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EasyBCD will take care of this for you.

Once you install it:

  1. Add an Entry
  2. Hit Windows
  3. Hit 7/Vista dropdown menu.
  4. Perhaps set a custom name here so you can differentiate the two
  5. Point it to your second installation.
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Actually, if you boot from the Windows 7 installation media and select repair, the Windows 7 on the other disk will be added to the BCD file. You can then select which Windows 7 you want to boot to at startup. There is no need to purchase additional software.

Boot from the installation media and click "Next", as shown below.

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Click on "Install now", as shown below.

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Wait while installer search for Windows installations, as shown below.

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Click on "Repair and restart". If you wish, you can first click on "View details".

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This is pop up presented, if "View details" is selected.

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After restarting you should get the Windows Boot Manager selection screen shown below.

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If you wish, the titles of the available selections can be modified, as well as, the length of the selection timer. The command to use is bcdedit.

  • Awesome alternative option! – Simon Sheehan Oct 23 '16 at 4:17
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Set up additional W7 OS using easyBCD-free, and an external enclosure connected via eSata, with a HDD that came from a desktop that failed (looks like motherboard), on another desktop that was itself already running W7. Both PCs had essentially the same hardware - which must have made driver compatibility much simpler, and it worked very well. All I did was download easyBCD, install it and add the second W7 OS to the list of available 0Ss, following the instructions given in No. 7, above, and those given here: Is possible to load Windows 7 from the eSATA drive, even if it's not supported in BIOS?
It ran at the first restart. I think the only thing I adjusted was the delay given for the default option to kick in, which looked to long at 30 sec. eSata connection is a must. Tried quite a few times with USB without success - looks like it is incompatible to run an OS from an external enclosure usng USB.

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