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Windows 7: Need BRINK: NTLDR with User folder in another HDD

10 Sep 2014   #1
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Need BRINK: NTLDR with User folder in another HDD

Can someone map out for me the steps for the following to be workable.

Cdrive = Win7 OS
Fdrive = User Folder

So far all is fine. Need to clone Cdrive disk for a backup (Macrium reflect).

After cloning, the cloned Cdrive will work only if I disconnect Fdrive. It creates a new desktop on initial boot & I'm back to Cdrive inc. user folder.

Try to start cloned Cdrive with Fdrive alive & I get immediate NTLDR is Missing on booting.


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10 Sep 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello AaLF,

If you like, instead of moving the user profile folder to another location, you could keep the files from your (Documents, Music, etc...) in a new folder on F: instead, and use libraries.
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10 Sep 2014   #3
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hey Brink. Good 2 c yr on the case. B4 I start.

How do I dispose of the working Cdrive OS's offshore user folder located in F? Fortunately its empty, no action yet only created it yesterday.e.g. Registry
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10 Sep 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could delete the user account, then delete it's folder afterwards. This way you could use another user account on C: instead.
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10 Sep 2014   #5
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Any plan B? I think the above means I'll have to customize my new user acct inc. installing all the programs tweeks etc
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10 Sep 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

I would save the backup as an image and not a clone. It's apparently messing up the drive you've stored it on.

But if you're getting the NTLDR error then there's likely old XP boot code is on the drive which is interfering. If you have no XP on the drive then it may need wiping to get rid of the error.

Can we see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image with all drives plugged in? And can you explain again a little clearer exactly what it is you did, and what you want to achieve? Is F an internal HD for storage or external?
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12 Sep 2014   #7
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Yo Greg, has that wave got bigger & closer since I saw your siggy last? U must b on twitter.

Simply put
  • OS win7x64 is on C:drive.
  • UserFolder is in F:drive
  • I cloned the OS to another HDD.
  • When I plug in the new HDD with newly cloned C:drive it doesn't accept the UserFolder in F:drive. And throws up NTLDR in protest at boot unless I unplug F:drive.
That's just to bring u up to date. I'm about to try the "snapshot" image software. I'm sure it'll work. If God so wills.
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12 Sep 2014   #8
gregrocker

 

Please use the snipping tool in screenshot tutorial.

Sounds like System Active boot files are on F defaulting to old XP boot code when F is unplugged. Where was XP? NTLDR is an XP boot file or code.
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12 Sep 2014   #9
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Please use the snipping tool in screenshot tutorial.

Sounds like System Active boot files are on F defaulting to old XP boot code when F is unplugged. Where was XP? NTLDR is an XP boot file or code.
Sounds like if I clean & wipe Drive F all will be well? (Can send pics - not near that PC for now.)
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12 Sep 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

Do not do anything until we see screenshot.

You may need to move the System Active boot files to C or intended boot partition first.

For the third time where and when was XP installed on the system in the past?
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