Windows 10: How safe is it to install it on a spare drive in my PC?

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  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro
       21 Oct 2014 #1

    How safe is it to install it on a spare drive in my PC?


    Hey all,

    I've had a spare SSD laying around so I decided to pop it into my case and install the Technical Preview on it. I read up on how it's safer to use it in a VM and that it's dangerous to install it onto a drive, but I think that's more pointed at people who overwrote their old Windows installations with the technical preview.

    I'm using Windows 7 on one SSD, my data/backup HDD and another SSD for Windows 10. Are my other two drives at risk or anything if something goes wrong with using/updating the technical preview?

    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 1,544
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       21 Oct 2014 #2

    Hi and welcome to TenForums,
    I believe it's dangerous to dual boot with win-10 on the same drive as another os,
    If it's a totally separate drive ssd you'll be fine,
    VM is okay depending on your amount of ram I suppose but a ssd or hdd would be best,
    Allot of people use vmplayer and say everything is great,
    There have been reports of slowness though,
    Cheers.
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  3. Posts : 3,882
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       21 Oct 2014 #3

    Yes, there can be pitfalls when installing on an existing setup, best to use a different HDD as the only one rather than the only or production machine. I'm lucky to have a Dell Inspiron 530S [SFF/Small Form Factor] that I was given and got it working with Vista but I used a different 500GB HDD, only holds one. It is just now finishing the latest Build installation.
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  4. Posts : 4,563
    Win 10 Pro x64
       21 Oct 2014 #4

    It is the safest. Period. Enjoy!
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  5.    21 Oct 2014 #5

    I have done exactly that.

    If I have a problem I'd be surprised.
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  6.    21 Oct 2014 #6

    I have it on a Dual Boot on SSD with Win7 and have had no problems, works flawlessly. I haven't been back to my Win7 install in almost two weeks.

    Dual Boot issues were eliminated in Win7 and are extremely rare since XP. There is not anything remotely "dangerous" in Dual Booting as long as you're able to shrink the extant OS and then choose the correct partition to install upon.
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  7. Posts : 493
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       22 Oct 2014 #7

    If you don't have a choice but dual boot on same drive that okay according to the many on this forum that have done it.
    I chose to do a dual boot on a separate ssd and it does work well so far.
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  8.    22 Oct 2014 #8

    apav
    I dual boot on the same drive 7 with 10 and had a problem after the upgrade to the 9860. The 10 would boot but not the 7. Start up repair fixed it. Good luck to you. Charlie
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  9. Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64
       23 Oct 2014 #9

    I am dual booting TP and OSX on the same disk and have no issues at all. Ideally I'd use another disk but have not figured out how to boot from external drive.

    There have been some mentions (like post 83 here Windows 10 Build 9860 Now Available) about Build 9860 upgrade messing with another windows installation if you are dual booting with that. Seems it is best to disconnect your other OS before upgrading TP.
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  10. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       25 Oct 2014 #10

    adamf said: View Post
    I am dual booting TP and OSX on the same disk and have no issues at all. Ideally I'd use another disk but have not figured out how to boot from external drive.

    There have been some mentions (like post 83 here Windows 10 Build 9860 Now Available) about Build 9860 upgrade messing with another windows installation if you are dual booting with that. Seems it is best to disconnect your other OS before upgrading TP.
    Wish I would've saw this before I updated. Thankfully I didn't have any issues with either my Win 10 or 7 installations after updating to build 9860, but I'll do that in the future.

    Guys since we're on the topic of dual booting I have one more question. When I turn my computer on and get to the dual boot screen, if I select Windows 7 my computer fully restarts (from black screen, to the BIOS splash screen) and then boots to Windows 7, this time without showing the dual boot screen. If I select Windows 10, it boots into that without restarting. It's not a big deal, but it's a little annoying when I have to restart and boot into Windows 7 multiple times for updates, installations/uninstallations, ect. Is there a way to make it like Windows 10 where my computer doesn't have to restart when I select the OS? I looked around but couldn't find anything about this really.
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