When Windows 7 first came out, I wanted to use it but was unsure if I was ready to give up XP yet. To remedy this concern, I added a second hard drive which I had laying around, loaded Win 7 on that, and then used Easy BCD as a boot manager. Easy BCD is installed on the Win 7 drive.
As I haven’t used XP for quite some time and am tired of keeping a “system” that I no longer use updated. I would like to just remove and repurpose the XP drive but am concerned how that will affect my system’s ability to boot my Win 7 drive. Both drives are formatted in NTFS and the following is the information regarding each drive:
XP_SP3 (C: Healthy (System, Page File, Active, Primary Partition)
Primary, Active & Boot (from Partition Wizard)
Win_7 (D: Healthy (Boot, Page File, Logical Drive)
Logical, System (from Partition Wizard)
I have re-read Lincoln Spector’s May 6, 2010 article “The absolutely safest way to upgrade to Win7” but this addresses having both OS’s on the same physical drive and I’m unclear how this would differ in a two drive set-up.
Other than backing up my D: drive and making it a primary partition, are there other changes that must be considered to remove the XP drive and have my machine operate normally?
Thanks for any guidance you can offer.