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    W7pro on C; can D-drive be made bootable also?

    I'm experimenting just for fun and learning with EasyBCD. I have Windows 7 Pro on C partition. I have all my data on D partition. Same HD, just 2 partitions. Can I also make D-drive bootable [toss into D some boot files]? In short, boot from D, then Windows 7 pro continues from C partition. Then during post and F8 pause, I'll have a choice of either C-boot or D-boot; or, do I need to give this whole idea -- the boot?

    One well-known poster, in another thread, suggested this as a boot solution: http://www.tonylama.com/ [GottaLovIt]
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    Can't be done, Windows only boots one OS from one place. You can boot multiple versions from multiple disks, but I don't think that's what you want.

    cheers, Paul

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    ahhhh, that's what I kind of figured after my early attempt lead to a black screen, full of messages, and a choice to rePick the real OS boot - C

    What would be the tiniest NTFS-readable/writable OS I could install on D-drive?
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    One of the small Linux variants, assuming you want nice graphics.
    Personally I'd install Virtual Machine software and create a VM to install and play.

    cheers, Paul

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    You can dual boot from different partitions on the same HDD. I dual boot Windows 7/8.1 on one laptop, and Windows XP/7 on another laptop.

    UEFI initiates booting from the EFI partition, but it boots the Windows partition, which is by default C:

    In a dual boot scenario, the non-booted OS will usually be on D: (or perhaps some other letter) drive, but when booted, it becomes C: drive.

    Dual Boot.PNG

    The 128MB partition is the EFI partition in the image. That's where booting is initiated for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Until I find a real good reason for me to use two OSs, I applied TheTonyLama solution for now.
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