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Dual Boot to 2 Separate SSD using Win 10

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wanting to know if i should be expecting any problems in setting this up and ongoing. one drive will have office applications for work, the other separate SSD will have games. from my digging around the only precautions that needs to be observed is to make sure the first SSD is unplugged while installing Windows onto the second SSD.

When i first bought the computer the attendant in the shop used a windows boot menu, a nice blue screen, so the boot record for the second drive was actually on the first drive, (see picture above) now that iam upgrading the second drive to a larger size to accommodate larger games, the system is having a hernia, chkdsk runs on most boot ups and deletes files all over the place. i have replaced the upgraded second drive with the original drive, and all problems have ceased. Would deleting the additional boot record fix the problem, if so, which is the book record to delete? Or do you think there is no way out of this and i will have to reinstall windows on the first drive?, if that is the case, then the first question in this post is focus.

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Then there is the problem if one drive develops a fault, will that create problems for the other? perhaps the only way is to do 2 new windows installs, but i cant do that every time i change 1 drive

I'm not sure why you would keep having disk failures. Only the disk manufacturer may know the answer to that one. A better option may be to use a hardware mirror (raid 1) where you have a fault tolerant set. One or the other disks fails and the OS lives on, you replace the failed disk and the controller rebuilds the array back to fault tolerance.

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Simpler solution is to not remove disks during setup. Boot the install media, delete / recreate partitions, continue the install. After first OS install is complete then without removing and disks, again boot the install media, choose the second disk for installation delete / recreate partitions and continue the install, you'll now have a dual boot system.

Another method would be to install the hyper-v role and the second OS instance as a virtual machine.

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Hi Patrick, thank you so much for responding. so with the dual boot that i would setup using your technique i would then access the dual boot by pressing F11 (MSI Mobo) during computer start up, is that right?

also, do you think that by deleting the second boot record via msconfig i could avoid having to do a clean install?

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You shouldn't need to anything. In this example at boot the boot loader will show for 10 seconds before the default option attempts to boot.

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do you think that by deleting the second boot record via msconfig

In theory, but in practicality may be trial and error

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its my understanding that the only reason that second boot record is there is because of the way the computer was setup originally to boot using a windows interface not the usual F11 option. if i do a clean install on C:, will it still show D: (bootable drive) in this window?

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the usual F11 option

This sounds like something third party as I've never seen it, or maybe it was caused by the disk swapping that was done. The boot loader options seen here are the normal methods provided by windows.

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Here is what you should normally see at boot for 10 seconds.

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ahh, i think i know now where we have come unstuck, i want to select the boot drive using the UEFI boot option. ie, 2 completely separate boot records, completely independent of each other. doing it the above way will cause problems if i need to install a new drive - these are the problems i experience as outlined in my initial post.
Can i use the UEFI option and have no other problems?

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Ok, sounds like you may be using the mobo's bios boot options to make selections. Seems a cumbersome method but if it is working for you then so be it. The method I mentioned above may be easier to manage dualboot.

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Hi Patrick
i agree that it is a bit more cumbersome, but i have experienced massive problems when it came time to replace a drive, the problems have been going on for ages and have caused me major distress, at this stage i just want something simple that works
So the last question would be, do you invisage any possible problems if i use the mobo bios boot options to select drive?

by the way, under the old system the boot screen as here would appear

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do you invisage any possible problems if i use the mobo bios boot options to select drive?

Probably not but who really knows? This is not a normal method that anyone routinely uses. You might also consider standing them up virtually instead of do this disk swap method.

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ok, thanks for your time Patrick, and i appreciate there is always an air of uncertaintly. in this case i dont feel i have an option as the dual boot arrangement worked really well until i changed a drive, then it just became so problematic and its driving me mad. perhaps the only way is to do 2 new windows installs, but i cant do that every time i change 1 drive. Then there is the problem if one drive develops a fault, will that create problems for the other?

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