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Windows 7: How to swap primary drives after clone?

01 Nov 2014   #1
Kyafield

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How to swap primary drives after clone?

I installed a new WD black 1TB hard and then cloned it. I would like for it to be my primary drive. Must I first rename my old drive something other than "C", then rename the new drive "C" ? Would that make my new drive primary or must I do some other process to get it to show as drive 0 and "C" ?
I want the WD to be the 0 drive. If I change the new drive to be "C" will that also make it disc 0 ???


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01 Nov 2014   #2
DavidE

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Post a screenshot of Disk Management before making any changes.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

What program did you use to clone the Old HD to the New "WD black 1TB" ?

Disk 0 is determined by your motherboard Sata connectors.
It sounds like right now you have the Old HD plugged into the "Disk 0" motherboard Sata connector.

Also note:
Your specs show MBAM Pro as your anti-virus program.
MBAM is NOT an anti-virus program.
It is an anti-malware program designed to be run along side a real-time anti-virus program for additional security.
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01 Nov 2014   #3
Kyafield

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Thanks David. I used WD acronis for the clone.
I have accomplished the move by just going into my bios and making the new drive the first boot selection. It is listed as disc 1 instead of 0 but that is OK, I don't want to swap the SATA cables around.

I will change my system info signature to reflect my antivirus as AVG.


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01 Nov 2014   #4
DavidE

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Ok, understood.
It sounds like you have a good understanding of this.

If you want to boot from the OLD OS (HD) you can use the "One-Time" boot selection screen.
I have a Gigabyte MB and for me pressing F12 at bootup brings up that screen.

On my Primary Box, 99.9% of the time I want my preferred OS to automatically boot, so that works best for me.
If I always wanted to have a choice of which OS to boot, I would install EASYBCD to display a OS Boot choice screen.

There is no right or wrong answer, it's all personal preference...
On my TEST Box, I never know what I might want next, so I have the Boot OS choice displayed at every bootup...

More of my notes:
I always like to have a label on every HD/Partition so it's easy for me to know what it is.
Your [C] and [F] partitons don't have labels ...

I remove the Drive Letter for any "Other OS" HD/Partition so I don't see it listed in Windows (file) Explorer.

Do you want to use your OLD HD OS for something else such as Data or Backup storage, or keep it as a "Backup bootable OS HD" ?
What do you want to use the OLD HD for now, after cloning to the new HD ?
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01 Nov 2014   #5
Kyafield

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Do you want to use your OLD HD OS for something else such as Data or Backup storage, or keep it as a "Backup bootable OS HD" ?
What do you want to use the OLD HD for now, after cloning to the new HD ?


Good questions. I think for now I will leave the Disc 2 "G" as a back up bootable OS. At least for a couple of weeks to break in the new drive and watch the new drive for any problems. I like the idea of having several bootable back ups. If all goes well with the new drive then I may start using it as media storage. And again, thank you for your responses.
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01 Nov 2014   #6
DavidE

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I don't know what your Disc 2 "G" is, but I don't think it is a backup bootable OS.
Your [F] and [C] drives are ACTIVE, [G] is NOT active.
You can't boot from a non active partition, without a "boot manager" ...



Look in Windows (file) Explorer to see what you have on each of these disks/partitions ...
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03 Nov 2014   #7
Kyafield

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My fault. I stated it wrong. I am just keeping G drive around until I am satisfied that the new WD drive does not go belly up. I have a clone of C drive on it now. I thought it would use less resources if kept not active. Wrong assumption?
I also have the "free agent disc" L external back up and W7 repair CD disc bootable.
So.. if I wanted for the time being to be able to boot from G then I should activate it or do some research on boot managers?
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03 Nov 2014   #8
DavidE

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You could try adding [G] as a bootable choice using EasyBCD.
There is a free version and you don't have to register to download it.
https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
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03 Nov 2014   #9
Kyafield

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Got it. Thanks again.


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03 Nov 2014   #10
DavidE

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You're welcome !
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