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Windows 7: IDE HD removed, Win7 won't boot.


08 Aug 2010   #1
Sip

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
IDE HD removed, Win7 won't boot.

So, I've installed Windows 7 32bit on my original HD, which is a Westgate 500GB (sata). I wanted to transfer some old files from my old HD which is IDE connected. After connecting the old HD, I can't boot back in Windows 7 with the IDE HD removed. I get an error, asking for my boot disk. It seems to only boot correctly with both HD installed. Any way I can fix this so it will only boot with my sata hd?

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08 Aug 2010   #2
ryo

 
 

hello and welcome
go to your BIOS and check the first boot. set the first boot contain Windows 7 system HDD.
then F10 to save and quit. that's should be work.
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08 Aug 2010   #3
Sip

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryo View Post
hello and welcome
go to your BIOS and check the first boot. set the first boot contain Windows 7 system HDD.
then F10 to save and quit. that's should be work.


Yes, I've tried that. It doesn't give me the option to choose a certain drive, only "HD-DISK". When the IDE HD is removed, it will not boot and request for a boot disk. I have no idea why it will not boot the sata drive, but it is detected. Thanks for the reply.
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08 Aug 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Can you give us a screen snip of Disk Management with both HD's connected ?

Start Computer Management Disk Management


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09 Aug 2010   #5
Sip

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Here it is,


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09 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From the screenshot, I can guess that when you installed the new 500GB hard disk and then installed Windows 7, the original IDE hard disk was still installed, right?

The reason why you can't boot when it is removed, is because the Windows Installer, even though you selected a different hard disk to install to, placed the required boot code onto what was perceived as the system boot disk:

D: is marked as "System, Active". This meanss it's the boot drive.

All I can do to try to help is to ask you to again remove the IDE hard disk, then boot from the Windows 7 DVD and use the Repair options. This might find and resolve the problem for you.
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09 Aug 2010   #7
Sip

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

No, I built this PC 2yrs ago with the sata disk. Just recently, I decided to pull some old files from the IDE disk. Though, I have booted once with the IDE disk which had Vista installed.
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09 Aug 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

It looks like the 100mb System Reserved partition which boots Windows 7 was somehow deleted and is now unallocated space.

Regardless of reason, you must now recover System Active MBR to the Windows 7 HD for it to boot independently without the Vista HD.

To do this unplug the Vista HD, boot from the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, mark Windows 7 partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Next boot back into DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 starts on its own.

You can also recover the 100 mb unallocated space into Windows 7 while marking Windows 7 active using free Partition Wizard bootable CD before you run the repair.
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