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Windows 7: Two Active Partitions - No errors yet, but is this a problem?

26 Mar 2015   #21
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You are totally confused, windows files are on C and your data is on the hard drive it will stay there, don`t worry about that.

Before you do anything, just pull Disk 0 and see if windows boots, if it does, you won`t have to do anything but put the SSD on Sata Port 0 and you`ll be fine

When fixed right your boot order in the bios should be...

1st DVD drive
2nd SSD
3rd disabled
4th disabled
5th disabled.
Sorry to drive you crazy.

When you say pull the drive, I assume you mean physically remove it, the same way I would if I were swapping it out as I have done in my old laptop. Right?

If I do that, and it still boots, is there a software method to change the SSD to work from SATA Port 0? I know how to change Drive letters, but I assume it isn't that simple.

When I then reinstall the HDD, would I have to assign it to a new SATA port myself, or will the operating system do that?

And yes, as soon as I click Save on this post I will go look for a tutorial that covers this.


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26 Mar 2015   #22
gregrocker

 

Not normally will System partition move with any other than Startup Repair or a Reinstall.

Another way to avoid having to swap cables or drives is to convert any preceding Primary partition to Logical, which is easy to do with How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard .

If you're not satisfied with Factory Recovery, look over these steps for doing a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7
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26 Mar 2015   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think I know what happened here. When they installed the OS on the SSD, they did not disconnect the HDD. And since the installer has this habit of grabbing the first disk it finds to place the bootmgr, it landed on the HDD.

If you ever reinstall the OS on the SSD, you have to pull the HDD out. Or do what Brian and Greg recommend which is swapping the SSD and HDD in the disk bays.
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26 Mar 2015   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Greg recommended switching cables, which a laptop doesn`t use
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26 Mar 2015   #25
gregrocker

 

What did I just suggest in my last post?
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26 Mar 2015   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, there is no software, if it boots fine by itself, you just put the ssd where the hard drive is, the hard drive is now on sata port 0.

Why are you making this so difficult ? I have explained it over and over again.

This is a laptop, THERE ARE NO CABLES, you just install the hard drive and slide it in to connect it to the connectors, there are no cables.
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26 Mar 2015   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Brian, we hear you load and clear, LOL
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26 Mar 2015   #28
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Maybe you do, but she doesn`t
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26 Mar 2015   #29
gregrocker

 

I explained why swapping the drives is also optional, because it might not even make the OS drive DISK0 as we sometimes see, and the problem can be avoided simply by converting any preceding Primary partition to Logical.

So it is is completely optional to move the drive, in spite of Brian's hysteria.

And I'm quite aware a laptop doesn't have drive cables.
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26 Mar 2015   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As I said earlier, it is the boot sequence that matters and not the port. But for a possible future reinstall, it is better to have the SSD on port0. Else the same will happen and the bootmgr will land on the HDD - unless you take the HDD out during installation.
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