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Windows 7: Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot


02 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 
Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot

I am in a dual boot system with Windows 7 on 1st HD and Win Xp on my 2nd HD.

I want to remove the HD with just XP on it from the system and only have the HD with Win 7. When i tried removing the xp HD i could not boot back into Windows 7.

How do i boot back into win 7, will it be a repair install?

I am prepared to lose all the stuff on the drive if worst comes to worst but if there is a way to keep the stuff it would be great

thanks


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02 Aug 2010   #2

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02 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 
disk manage.

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here you go


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02 Aug 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devan5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
here you go
Can you make a readable image.
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02 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devan5 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
here you go
Can you make a readable image.
I'm sorry but can you explain what that is and is this the option for booting into win 7 with all my stuff there?
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02 Aug 2010   #6

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Your image is to small to read.

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02 Aug 2010   #7
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Is DISK0 XP? It doesn't appear to hold the System MBR which is on the Sys Reserved partitiion of Windows 7 on DISK1.

Unplug the XP HD, enter BIOS setup to set Windows 7 HD as first to boot (after DVD drive), then boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 starts on its own.

System Repair Disc - Create
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02 Aug 2010   #8

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1) Unplug Disk 0
2) Plug the cable from Disk 0 in Disk 1.
3) Press the F8 key repeatedly at boot up or use the Startup disk.
& do a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
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02 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is DISK0 XP? It doesn't appear to hold the System MBR which is on the Sys Reserved partitiion of Windows 7 on DISK1.

Unplug the XP HD, enter BIOS setup to set Windows 7 HD as first to boot (after DVD drive), then boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 starts on its own.

System Repair Disc - Create
yes disk 0 is XP. I will give this a go and post the results back
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02 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7/XP Dual Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) Unplug Disk 0
2) Plug the cable from Disk 0 in Disk 1.
3) Press the F8 key repeatedly at boot up or use the Startup disk.
& do a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

I will give this a try will post results back later
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