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Windows 7: Moving the MBR

12 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x86
Moving the MBR

Short version: I had an IDE drive, I ran Windows XP on it.
I get a new SATA Drive.
I then dual boot them with Windows 7 on the SATA drive.

Now since I had the IDE drive first the MBR placed itself there. I want to remove the IDE drive now because it's just adding heat to the case and making noise. But how do I move the MBR to the SATA drive safely? It's 2TB big and formatting is sorta straight out (I know, REALLY bad planning: Sorry)

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12 Jun 2011   #2

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Using the Startup disk.
Mark the Windows 7 HD active
Partition - Mark as Active
Remove IDE Drive,
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

System Repair Disc - Create
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