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Is it possible to have two hard drives in the computer and to be able to choose which one to start with ?

I have in mind that one hard drive has all my normal programs and the other is used for Flight simulation program.

Both hard drives would have win 8 installed. If I could use one hard drive and partition it so the flight sim is on a separate partition. However, for two reasons I wouldn't want this as the flight sim with scenery requires a lot of Gigs. and secondly I believe that it would run faster on its own hard drive.

So. Is it possible to set up the computer to decide which Drive I wish to start ? and if so, how to set it up ?

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