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 Post subject: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 3:15 pm 
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I have two OS drives, and occasionally switch back and forth. The only way I know to do this is to go into BIOS setup during startup, and make the drive I want to boot from the #1 drive. But there must be an easier way to do it, that doesn't require me to enter BIOS setup each time.

Does anybody know?? Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 6:06 pm 
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Which OSes are you dealing with?


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 6:40 pm 
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It's actually two copies of Windows 7, quite simple.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:50 am 
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Huh? Why? Two Win7's don't make a Win14!

Either GRUB or EasyBCD will turn you into a boot master class ninja.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:24 am 
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Haha, thanks kleinkinstein.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:33 pm 
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Actually Windows' bootloader will work too. Just go to System Properties (right click on Computer -> Properties). Then in the left panel, select "Advanced System Settings". In the "Start up and recovery" area, click on the button and you can configure the OS selection.

GRUB could work too.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:42 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
Actually Windows' bootloader will work too. Just go to System Properties (right click on Computer -> Properties). Then in the left panel, select "Advanced System Settings". In the "Start up and recovery" area, click on the button and you can configure the OS selection.


That's what EasyBCD does...well not in those terms, but just configures the NT Bootloader.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:49 pm 
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Me and EasyBCD had issues...I ended up making BOTH drives unbootable, none of the recovery options worked, and I've spent much of today reinstalling Windows from scratch.

I've learned my lesson and will not be messing with this stuff any more. Thanks for the suggestions, though. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Utility That Lets Me Choose Which Drive To Boot From?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:40 pm 
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mclovin wrote:
Me and EasyBCD had issues...I ended up making BOTH drives unbootable, none of the recovery options worked, and I've spent much of today reinstalling Windows from scratch.

I've learned my lesson and will not be messing with this stuff any more. Thanks for the suggestions, though. ;)


No need for 3rd party software, just do it from within Windows as LatiosXT mentioned, & you'll get a menu that asks you to select which OS you want to boot into every time you start your PC.

There's also the option on just about every motherboard to enter the boot menu (F8 on some boards, F12 on others, but can vary depending on manufacturer) after POST, from which you simply select which drive to boot from.


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