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Windows 7: Is it possible to select a partition to boot from in the BIOS?

19 Dec 2011   #1
keyboardface

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is it possible to select a partition to boot from in the BIOS?

As opposed to just the hard disk that the partition is on? For example, would I be able to create a small partition on my C drive then go into the BIOS and set it as my primary boot device?


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19 Dec 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Your C drive is a partition.

If you select your "C drive", you are selecting your C partition.
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19 Dec 2011   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Unless Im mistaken, you can only select the disk order, you cannot specify partitions.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Dec 2011   #4
keyboardface

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Your C drive is a partition.

If you select your "C drive", you are selecting your C partition.
Oh yeah, I know. I wanted to boot from a small partition with no OS on it or anything just to run some files in DOS. Looks like it's not possible though. This is what happens when you have no USB stick and no floppy drive!
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19 Dec 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roastbeef View Post
I wanted to boot from a small partition with no OS on it or anything just to run some files in DOS.
In order to boot to that small partition, you would require some sort of OS on it. If you did have a separate OS, then you would be in the realm of multi-booting, however you still don't select a partition to boot from - rather you select which OS to boot from. A slightly subtle difference.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Dec 2011   #6
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roastbeef View Post
As opposed to just the hard disk that the partition is on? For example, would I be able to create a small partition on my C drive then go into the BIOS and set it as my primary boot device?
The partition booted to is (a) the "active" partition on (b) the first hard drive in the BIOS disk list. And also that partition must be of type "primary" (as opposed to "logical").

So you set the DRIVE to be examined in the BIOS. And you use something like DISKMGMT or Partition Wizard etc. to set the particular partition on that drive that you want to boot from as "active". That combination specifies THE partition on THE drive to be booted to.

Now of course you need to have some bootable OS or boot manager program files on that partition to make this be useful.
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19 Dec 2011   #7
keyboardface

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, this thread is now redundant as I made a bootable DVD and ran the files off there. Successfully updated my BIOS!
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19 Dec 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you want to get a 4GB USB stick you can have a bootable on by using Download Hiren which has the option of adding apps, OSs, utilites, and already has a mini-XP installed.
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19 Dec 2011   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roastbeef View Post
Hi, this thread is now redundant as I made a bootable DVD and ran the files off there. Successfully updated my BIOS! Feels good man.
I believe he means "moot", but I guess this post is moot.
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