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Windows 7: Boot to specific partition on second hhd

27 Oct 2015   #1
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
Boot to specific partition on second hhd

Have a pc with two hard drives. Have windows 7 on first drive (partition sda1) and have installed another instance of window7 on second drive (partition sdb3). But that sdb3 instance does not appear on the startup menu.

I want to boot directly to sdb3.


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27 Oct 2015   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Unless you have two Windows Product Keys, you are not supposed to install it twice on a PC. I don't really see why you would want two installs of the same thing. The problem most likely lies with where the boot file is. We are not allowed to give instructions on illegally installed programs. I suggest removing one of the Win 7's and you should not have a problem. If you do, we will help.
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27 Oct 2015   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I don't think you can do it without disconnecting one on the HD. Another approach is to install rails. You can change drives easily by pulling the drive out or sliding it in like a drawer.

You might have better luck getting more suggestions asking in this subforum:
http://www.sevenforums.com/pc-custom...-overclocking/

Maybe if you add a post here asking the mod to delete the thread you could just post your question on that subforum. Just explain why you want to move it and I don't think there will be any problem.
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27 Oct 2015   #4
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

I'd be happy to uninstall the instance on the first drive as it is only 64 gigs (second drive is 1.6 tb) First drive filled and I copied sdb1 to sdb3

But mbr is on ist drive and I worry about deleting sda1.
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27 Oct 2015   #5
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natchezjohn View Post
I'd be happy to uninstall the instance on the first drive as it is only 64 gigs
and send the drive to a charity of your choice.
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27 Oct 2015   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Post a screen print of Disk Management using instructions in this tutorial so all information is displayed.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

You can't just "copy" an OS partition, it won't work.
You need to create a Backup Image of your working OS partition and then restore that image.

I use Macrium Reflect free for imaging.
Imaging with free Macrium
Macrium Reflect Free

I prefer to download Macrium from MajorGeeks.
Download Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - MajorGeeks
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27 Oct 2015   #7
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

David, I tried it out before hand on a ONE disk pc. Using GParted I copied/pasted an instance of Win7, then ran Boot-Repair disc. Worked like a champ. Two instances of Win 7 on startup screen. Both worked fine.
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27 Oct 2015   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

That's interesting.
Then get EasyBCD and add a boot entry for the new SSD OS.
EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
You don't have to register to download the free version.
See if you can boot to the new SSD OS.
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27 Oct 2015   #9
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

David, I'm not at the pc in question. I'll install EasyBCD on it tomorrow morning. QUESTION!! do I install on "C" of the pc?
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27 Oct 2015   #10
natchezjohn

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natchezjohn View Post
David, I'm not at the pc in question. I'll install EasyBCD on it tomorrow morning. QUESTION!! do I install on "C" of the pc?
By the way the drive I want to boot to shows in "Computer"
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