can I add another hard drive in my Win7 PC

October 26, 2010 at 10:56:47
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 32 bit, amd phen II / 8g ram

I have a 500g hard drive in my computer. I would like to put another one in.
I have windows home premium 7, 32 bit os. Can and how can I use the same
os on another drive without micro soft stutting me down???

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#1
October 26, 2010 at 11:43:00

You can add another hard drive to your PC no problem. All you have to do is put it in the case and hook up power and data to the motherboard, then go into disk management in Windows and you should be able to format it there.

Or are you wanting to move your current installation to a new drive and not use the old one?

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#2
October 26, 2010 at 13:33:29

you can use the free tools from the drive manufacturer to make copy of current os onto the new drive, then you can keep the old drive in case you ever have problems,
or you can make an image in win7 backup and restore, and then using the repair/recovery disk you can write that image to the new drive then format the old drive and use it for whatever you want.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
October 26, 2010 at 13:46:46

Thanks for the responce JR, I have a 500G int. drive with Win. 7 on it , when I put the other 500G drive in. Microsoft told me I had to buy another Win. 7 os for it. I did the same thing on another computer with XP and I guess it was the genuine soft ware thing Windows up dated on the drives some how screwed them all up even though I was the origal buyer of the soft ware. Others say that's BS and you can load the same issue lic.
on the same computer with several drives. ????

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#4
October 26, 2010 at 20:52:52

If you ONLY want to store more files on another drive, you do NOT have to load windows on it, and SHOULD NOT. As above, just install it and format it in disk manager and DO NOT use your windows install DVD and you will have it listed as another drive in 'Computer' and as available for any 'Save As' option. I would recommend putting a few folders on it right up front for you to begin saving your files to.

IF you want 2 separate operating systems so you can boot to either one and keep them basically separate, then you will need to install Windows on the other one and you WILL need another license (KEY) from Microsoft to do this legally and without them giving you any problems.

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#5
October 27, 2010 at 05:45:49

Thanks, I hear another lic. will cost as much as just buying
a new os. That really HOOVERS ----- ( sucks )

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#6
October 27, 2010 at 07:46:00

You should look into Ubuntu if you are interested in having two OS's. Give it a try, it's free:

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/why-u...

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#7
October 27, 2010 at 15:46:08

I don't believe the information saying to multiboot you need two licenses is correct.

It is completely legal to install the same copy of your OS twice or multiple times to the pc you purchased it for. This is because you can only run a single version at a time.

Now if you loaded the OS then created a virtual that you then again loaded the OS this would be a violation of EULA since you would be using the same copy twice at the same time. This is like installing the 2nd time on a different pc which is a clear violation of the TOA


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#8
October 27, 2010 at 16:19:46

I don't really see any reason to have more than one installation of Windows 7 since you can set it up for multiple users, each with their own corresponding folders, histories, etc. It is also faster to log off and back on again than to reboot between purposes/uses. If you actually do need 2 distinct operating systems, then one of the Linux OS' (Ubuntu and others) maybe the best way to go for you. If you plan on doing a lot of gaming, then use windows for that. On web browsing, business uses (except certain specific programs you may need), web based games, etc. the Linux OS may actually be better.

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