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Windows 7: Moving OS to a different drive

14 Oct 2016   #1
spankyham

Windows 7
 
 
Moving OS to a different drive

Hi there,
I am currently running Windows 7 on a 60gb hard drive. The OS is taking up too much space so i wish to move it to a larger SSD.

I am running into a few issues trying to do this and would appreciate some help.

I've set it to boot from the new drive after using 'Macrium Reflect' to clone the drive.

My computer still seems to boot from the original drive, even when i change it in the bios.

If i unplug the original drive, the get the message 'BootMgr is missing', i also got the message..

'The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessable'

thanks for the help




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14 Oct 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'm guessing that Disk 2 is the new larger drive. Notice that neither of the partitions on Disk 2 is marked as "system". That's why it won't boot.

Notice that partition G on the old Disk 0 IS marked "system". That's why you can boot if it's connected.

The "system" marker indicates "this partition contains the boot files necessary to boot your PC".

You can most likely fix that by copying the system files from G to the System Reserved partition on Disk 2. You might have to use a third party program like EasyBCD to do that. Or maybe you can do it by disconnecting Disk 2 and running "System Repair".

I think there is an EasyBCD tutorial on this site.

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

Or---start over and use Macrium imaging rather than Macrium cloning. Be sure to include ALL partitions on Disk 0 when you make the image. You'd have one image file and just need to restore it to the new drive.

Imaging is usually more problem-free than cloning. I don't use cloning at all, but I'm pretty sure you're situation is fixable if you don't want to try imaging instead.

Others can likely give you more precise instructions.
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14 Oct 2016   #3
spankyham

Windows 7
 
 

Okay would you be able to assist me starting this from scratch?
I will try using 'Image this disk' rather than 'Clone this disk'.
This is how my drive looks currently...


Thanks!


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14 Oct 2016   #4
spankyham

Windows 7
 
 

Here is the message i get when i try and do it..


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14 Oct 2016   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You need to select drive E as the destination for the image.

C and "System Reserved" must be part of that image. I'd select the choice on the left of the Macrium screen that says "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows". Make sure E is the destination.

That image file should be roughly 20 or 30 gb in size and will fit on E easily.

See if you can get that far--making the image file and storing it on E, and then repost.

The next step after that would be to formally "restore" that image file from E to the new larger drive.

I'm not sure why C is shown in RED. That may be a problem? My guess is that C is red because it is almost completely full.
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14 Oct 2016   #6
rdl

Windows 7 64-bit Professional
 
 

You have a "System Reserved" folder on your G drive. The main purpose of "System Reserved" is to hold the boot files, so they are probably in there (you can look). If so, maybe all you need to do is change "System Reserved" on that drive to be the active partition (in diskmgmt.msc). When there are multiple drives with active partitions, normally the first one will be used to boot from.

edit: Sorry, G was a typo, I meant H. If you make the "System Reserved" partition active on H, it should boot.
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14 Oct 2016   #7
spankyham

Windows 7
 
 

Ok thank you,
I shall try that and let you know what happens.
I got around the error by starting the 'Volume shadows copy' service.


okay so its completed, i set it to put the file onto the h drive though, will that be an issue? and what should i do next
thanks again for helping


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14 Oct 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spankyham View Post
Ok thank you,
I shall try that and let you know what happens.
I got around the error by starting the 'Volume shadows copy' service.


okay so its completed, i set it to put the file onto the h drive though, will that be an issue? and what should i do next
thanks again for helping
Why did you choose H when the instructions were to use E?
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14 Oct 2016   #9
spankyham

Windows 7
 
 

I've given up, i'll find a cracked version of windows 7 and try installing it to a new drive.

I just have no idea what to do...

If there is a detailed step by step that maybe someone can referencee i can look to using that if the cracked version fails,
cheers
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14 Oct 2016   #10
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spankyham View Post
I've given up, i'll find a cracked version of windows 7 and try installing it to a new drive.

I just have no idea what to do...

If there is a detailed step by step that maybe someone can referencee i can look to using that if the cracked version fails,
cheers

We cannot assist you as the rule stated;

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Your problem is very easy to solve.
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