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Windows 7: Boot Issue After 1/13/15 MS Updates

10 Feb 2015   #11
gregrocker

 

What happens when you attempt to boot without Disk1 plugged in?


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10 Feb 2015   #12
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What happens when you attempt to boot without Disk1 plugged in?
Disk 1 is now the C: drive and the only boot source on the system. What should I expect to see happen? Drive 0 is the former E: drive and it is empty after the clean and long format. It now has a single partition. I did do some test boots with the E: drive not connected to the system with the same results for the "cold" and 'warm" boots.

Boot sequence is:
1. DVD drive
2. C: drive
3. E: drive
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10 Feb 2015   #13
gregrocker

 

Why was a non-OS drive moved to Disk0 which is not advisable because repairs or reinstall can derail the boot files to any preceding Primary partition?

Please post back another screenshot of Disk Mgmt.

Did you wipe E drive with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector? This will still be necessary if the problem is related to E being connected.
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10 Feb 2015   #14
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I did clean the with the Diskpart Clean Command. The OS did the drive reassignment when the old E: drive was being cleaned and formatted. I guess I need to swap the drive numbers, yes?


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10 Feb 2015   #15
gregrocker

 

Yes, best to have OS drive as Disk0 otherwise the System boot files can be derailed to the first Primary partition during Startup Repairs or Reinstall.

Does the problem persist with E drive unplugged? I asked you this two days ago.
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10 Feb 2015   #16
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I haven't physically unplugged the E: drive yet. I haven't had time to pull the tower out and do so. I ave had the problem occur when the drive had no ID. Also, how do I switch the drive numbers? thanks.
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10 Feb 2015   #17
gregrocker

 

Swap the cables, making sure Win7 HD is set to boot first in BIOS setup.
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11 Feb 2015   #18
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Swap the cables, making sure Win7 HD is set to boot first in BIOS setup.
OK, but how did the drive numbers change if nothing was touched inside the tower? WIN7 is first in the BIOS, right after the DVD drive. I'll post back when I've had time to go inside the box. Time for bed now.
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11 Feb 2015   #19
gregrocker

 

You can leave it the way it is as long as you remember that running Startup Repair or a Reinstall can derail the boot files to any preceding Primary partition. But it would be worth pulling the cable to see if the problem persists without E drive.

You could also prevent this by converting E to Logical which can't receive System boot files: How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard
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11 Feb 2015   #20
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

FWIW, bios shows the Win7 C: drive as being on port 0 and the Win7 System Image E: drive as being on port 1. This is where they always have been since the system was set up back in 2012.
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