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

27 Mar 2015   #41
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Got it - will tackle this tomorrow


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27 Mar 2015   #42
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Good Luck we`ll be here
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27 Mar 2015   #43
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Good Luck we`ll be here
Nice photo

Maybe I'll make that my desktop till I get through all this.
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27 Mar 2015   #44
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

I've gone through all the tutorials and links that Greg provided. I've also downloaded and installed EasyBCD and Partition Wizard.

So, before I do this, I just had a couple of additional questions (please, Brian, don't panic - these may not be as annoying as last time )

1) Am I correct that the EasyBCD steps as outlined in the tutorial will also change the Boot order of my devices? Or do I have to go into the BIOS and change them myself?
(Right now my HDD (E) is ahead of my SSD (C) in the boot order.)


2) Does Partition Wizard use slightly different terminology than Disk Management?
The reason I ask is that I took a look at my disks in Partition Wizard and in Disk Management, and the descriptions are different:

In Disk Management my C Drive is "Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)"
In Partition Wizard my C Drive is "Active & System"

In Disk Management my E Partition on my HDD is "Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)"
In Partition Wizard my E Partition on my HDD is "Active & Boot"

I also went into EasyBCD and pulled the View Settings information, which I have attached as a screen shot. It sees the Boot Manager on E and the Boot Loader on C

So - is this just a terminology difference between PW and DM? Or does this indicate an additional problem?

Either way, will the EasyBCD tutorial steps still be sufficient for this part of the process, or do I need to do something in addition before I move on to the other items on Greg's list?


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27 Mar 2015   #45
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

In case my prior post was unclear regarding the drive descriptions, here is a composite screen shot showing Disk Management, Partition Wizard, and Windows Explorer views of my drives


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27 Mar 2015   #46
gregrocker

 

Again, after moving the Bootmgr with EasyBCD, reboot into BIOS setup to set Win7 first hard drive to boot.

Confirm that Disk Mgmt (not Partition Wizard) says Win7 partition is System Active Boot, proving the Bootmgr has been moved. ("System" in Disk Mgmt = "Boot" in PW).

Then if necessary mark E Inactive so you can convert E, M and F partitions to Logical.
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27 Mar 2015   #47
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Again, after moving the Bootmgr with EasyBCD, reboot into BIOS setup to set Win7 first hard drive to boot.

Confirm that Disk Mgmt (not Partition Wizard) says Win7 partition is System Active Boot, proving the Bootmgr has been moved. ("System" in Disk Mgmt = "Boot" in PW).

Then if necessary mark E Inactive so you can convert E, M and F partitions to Logical.
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How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard
Thanks - I focused on the tutorial link and overlooked the text about going into the BIOS to change the boot order.
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27 Mar 2015   #48
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

This is how it will look when corrected
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27 Mar 2015   #49
LaurieD227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP 1
 
 

So far so good
-easyBCD
-change Boot disk order
-Disk Management (see screen shot)

I'm not that familiar with working in Setup at the BIOS level, so it took me a minute or two to figure out that I had to go under "Hard Drive BBS Priorities" to move the SSD drive ahead of the HDD in the boot order before I could get it to display under the "Boot Option Priorities" - but I think it worked


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27 Mar 2015   #50
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Now you should be able to mark E inactive, and windows should boot no problem.

Do that, re boot and post a new shot
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