need two instances of windows 7 on 2 seperate ssd drives

Posted on 2012-09-03
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
i have a dell laptop with 2 ssd drives.

i would like to:

have my "work" windows 7 installed on one drive and my "personal windows 7" installed on another.

i would like to be able to choose which would i boot up from...( i own acronis disk director if that helps)

i would also like to have both drives encrypted (with truecrypt if possible)...

is this possible...?

thanks in advance
Question by:gerpaqit
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    Accepted Solution

    Install a drive into your laptop, install and configure windows

    remove and install other drive - install and configure windows

    once both setup, install and enable both - boot windows, install ancoris and use boot manager to give you the option to boot work or home installation

    Author Comment

    sorry..i should have been clearer... i have managed to do this much...  my problem is when i encrypt the drives with truecrypt... t seems to encrypt the boot partition which messes up the trucrypt boot options...
    LVL 95

    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    I assume you're not using Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise?  And that the laptop doesn't have a TPM?

    Author Comment

    just using windows 7 professional so i cant use does have TPM though...
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    And I'm guessing you don't want to upgrade (Windows Anytime Upgrade).  I've not swapped between drives, but I have used BitLocker and not had a problem pulling a drive and putting another (non-bitlockered) drive in it if they have a TPM.
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    Assisted Solution

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    follow the 1st posters suggestion to install windows and change the boot order from the bios or select the f12 key on startup and tell it which drive to boot from.. you may have to go into the bios to enable f12

    Author Closing Comment

    this is a bit cumbersome but it works (not using acronis...hust the bios boot manager...

    thanks for the help...

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