I want to dual boot from Windows 8 from my primary C: Drive. I just got me a 120 GB internal HD that I plan to use to install Windows 8 on it. What's the best route to get this done? I don't want to install over my primary disk and lose W7. Any tutorials on this?
(Solved) - How to install Windows 8 in a separate disk(12 posts)
I imagine it would be the same as this tutorial, only using a Windows 8 ISO instead of a Windows 7 ISO.
Regardless of the way you actually install Windows 8, make sure that your Windows 7 hard drive (or SSD) is UNPLUGGED when you go to install Windows 8. That way there is no possible way for you to overwrite your Windows 7 installation.
See what other posters have to say as I have not installed Windows 8 yet.
Hopefully this is helpful.
Simple - disconnect the Windows 7 disk (power or Sata cable) and install Win8 on the new disk. Reconnect the Win7 disk when the installation is done. Then you switch from one to the other with the BIOS boot priority.
Another option is this. You can use the new disk in lieu of an external disk for that.
Good point Rick - forgot about that. Here are the cmd commands:
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your disk in List disk)
Create partition primary
Format fs=ntfs quick
Rick was referring to the DISKPART commands in the tutorial I linked to in my previous post. Same as what whs just posted.
The tutorial shows how to get to a CMD window while installing, it may be a little different for Windows 8 that for Windows 7.
Good point by all.
I use a Windows PE/RE Boot USB to prepare the HD Geometry FIRST before loading Windows 8 in Custom Install mode.
That lets me do diskpart commands to make a (1) Full formatted Partition of the HD so forces windows 8 to make MBR installation.
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