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Windows 7: Windows won't boot unless I use a different drive

17 Mar 2012   #1
VanFinale

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows won't boot unless I use a different drive

Okay this is a weird problem if I try to set the HDD that I use as the bootable drive in my BIOS all I get is a blinking cursor on a black screen. However if I plug in an old HDD with an old windows installation and set that as the bootable drive I get the boot selection screen and am able to boot into the windows installation on my original hard drive. Anyone know what could be causing this?


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17 Mar 2012   #2
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

OK, see if I understand the conditions:

HD0 + HD1 = boot select for "old Win on HD0" or "new Win7 on HD1"
HD1 alone (now HD0) = no boot

You installed Win7 on HD1 when HD0 was installed. Boot record is on HD0 with Win7 on HD1.

You need to disconnect HD0 and use a Win7 installation CD to "repair" the boot sector on the previous HD1 (now HD0 because the original has been removed).

You might be able to use a partition manager program to make HD1 bootable, then remove HD0 and make HD1 > HD0...not sure if a free program can do it - Brink may know.

Regards,
GEWB
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17 Mar 2012   #3
VanFinale

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No actually I installed 7 on HD1 with only it hooked up, then after a while it started giving me that error. So I popped in my old drive so that I could at least boot my computer. When I did that I tried one last time to repair windows which resulted with my other installation popping up on my boot menu with (recovered) next to it.
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17 Mar 2012   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Have you ran the repair on the hard drive that`s not booting ?
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17 Mar 2012   #5
VanFinale

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yeah it never completes, it either hangs there forever or says the drive cannot be repaired.
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17 Mar 2012   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I think Gregrocker can help you with this problem.

Post a pic of disk management.
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17 Mar 2012   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Hello and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure i understand either.

It sounds like you can boot the PC with the OLD HD/OS, and the new HD is connected.
If so, you should attach a FULL screen print of the Disk Management window from:
Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

I'm not an expert with this but, clarify exactly what happened, what you did, why,...
It sounds like your new HD/OS did work, and now it doesn't...
I assume you don't have a backup image to restore...

gregrocker is among the best and most experienced I've seen on this forum for resolving this type of issue.

regards,
david
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17 Mar 2012   #8
VanFinale

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay here is the picture of my disk manager, I pointed out which drive is the new drive and which one is the old one.

So here is what happened:

-Installed windows 7 on new HD with only new HD installed
-New HD stopped booting
-Attempted running start up repair, which did not work
-Put in old HD so I can use my old version of windows
-Ran windows repair cd with old HD as main HD it "recovered" the windows installation on my new HD and put it on my boot select screen.
-Could then boot to new HD windows install and it runs perfectly.
-However if I try to boot with new HD my primary drive it won't boot.


Also now trying to run either my bought windows install disc or a new recovery disc made from my windows 7 installation I get an error saying that the recovery disc is not compatible with my installation of windows and does not even give me access to the repair/recovery options.


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17 Mar 2012   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You have to mark C: active and then run the startup repair. I would also have it plugged into the 1st sata port.
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17 Mar 2012   #10
VanFinale

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I can't mark it as active the option is greyed out, I had it plugged into the first sata port originally but at first I kept switching things around because of the problem and I just never got around to switching it back, do you think it would help at all to have it plugged into the first sata port?
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