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Windows 7: Windows 7 on 2 system partitions


26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 on 2 system partitions

hi,

I just reinstalled Windows 7 64x yesterday and was surprised that disk management shows 2 system partitions.

C is boot with Windows 7, D is a primary partition on the same drive, F is a 500gb partition that is also a system partition.

Windows wont boot without both C and F

Is there anyway to make C the only system partition and make windows start up from it only without having to reinstall everything?

I also noticed D isnt recognized when trying to reinstall windows without F present so I would have to wipe C and D (the whole drive) and start over which I would really like to avoid.



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26 Jan 2013   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Mark the F: partition INACTIVE.
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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26 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 

Will Windows still work though?
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26 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 

I tried it and doesnt work, got a BOOTMGR missing. I didnt mistakenly make a partition active anyway...

Any other ideas?
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26 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Mark F Inactive, assure C is still marked Actve, reboot into BIOS setup to set Windows 7 HD first HD to boot, after DVD drive.

From booted Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD - System Repair Disk run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 again starts and C is marked System Active.

The repair function like the installer itself should write the system boot files to the first active partition, so something caused it to skip C during install (which always marks Active) and write the boot files to F. Did you perchance install to F? You should have a Dual Boot menu if so.

If it interferes again, unplug F while you do these repairs.
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26 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Simply run the startup repair AS GREG SUGGESTED, until windows boots again. It looks like you now have 2 installs of 7. 1 on C and 1 on F. Is that what you meant to do ?
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27 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 

First time it repaired and restarted but second time it doesnt want to repair.. "System repair cannnot repair this computer automatically"

This is the report if its useful at all:
Repair: Partition table repair.
Result: Failed, error code = 0x490

It just repaired by setting F active again.

Whats really bothering me is disk with F is now the first disk or "disk 0" in management, it always does this and is probably the real cause of the problem but I dont know why it does it???
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27 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Simply run the startup repair AS GREG SUGGESTED, until windows boots again. It looks like you now have 2 installs of 7. 1 on C and 1 on F. Is that what you meant to do ?
I installed only once on C, I never touched other partitions...
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27 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Please mark C Active, unplug F drive, run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times with reboots, no matter what it reports.

Make sure C drive is set first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD drive.

Once C starts, plug F back in but assure C stays set first HD to boot.
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27 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit
 
 

Well I tried again, marking C active, marking F inactive, unplugging F then restarting.

Yes, I am running repair 3 times no matter what, what im trying to say is it doesnt finish and restarts, It gives me a failed message and offers me to send the problem to Microsoft!! and sends me back to the repair options menu.

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