|15 May 2012||#1|
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This is my first post ... so please be gentle with me!!
System is dual boot to Vista home premium and Windows 7 pro.
Vista is on E: and Windows 7 is on C:, and both work fine.
Problem is that I want to use N: for backup (this previously had Vista installed on it) but can't because it is a system disk.
Question is, how do I make C: the system disk so that I can use N: for backup?
Any help would be appreciated.
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|16 May 2012||#4|
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Apparently your Backup (N) drive was marked Active so that when you installed the OS Dual Boot files were placed on the first Active partition. This can be avoided by placing your OS HD's in the first ports or scrupulously assuring that no prior data drive is ever marked Active.
To repair this, mark the Windows 7 HD (C) Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two) then mark Backup (N) Inactive: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums
Now unplug all other HD's, plug Windows 7 HD into Disk0 port, make sure it is set first HD to boot in BIOS setup, boot into Windows 7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it starts on its own and holds the System Active Boot flags.
Now there are two ways to proceed. If you want Vista HD to be able to boot independently via the BIOS then do the exact same steps as above for Vista while it is plugged in alone. Then plug back in Windows 7 HD, set preferred HD as first to boot in BIOS setup, boot other HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot.
Or you can plug back in Vista HD, install EasyBCD to Windows 7, add Vista to a Windows Boot Menu on the Add OS Entry tab. Vista will then be dependent upon the Windows 7 HD. EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)
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