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Windows 7: ssd I want to boot from can't boot without other hard drive connected

22 Jan 2016   #1
skeptikill

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ssd I want to boot from can't boot without other hard drive connected

Hello all
I had windows 10 on hard drive G. Then, I clean installed windows 7 on hard drive C , an SSD. Before all of this I had other hard drives that H and D ( same hard drive , partitioned) , I don't remember how or why I partitioned the old ones...

Now, I wanted to delete win 10 from G, but i read sometimes that when you install like I did, the new windows boot process needs files from the old hard drive. So to test this I disconnected the old hard drive (G). I couldn't boot. So I reconnected the old hard drive, and still couldn't boot to windows 7 on the new ssd (C), however it would boot to the old windows 10 (G). I finally put in my windows 7 disc, and let it run a startup repair, this recovered my windows 7 on C.

So here I am, and I want to completely wipe hard drive G, and make my primary, and only booting drive, hard drive C. possibly also un-partition h and d , make it just be one drive.




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22 Jan 2016   #2
skeptikill

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Also, just for clarification, I would like "disc 2" to be my primary boot drive.
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22 Jan 2016   #3
Layback Bear

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Welcome to our forum skeptikill.

Unhook the sata cable from you disk 1 and 3 then boot to verify that the disk with Windows 7 will boot. (C)

If it boots put the cables you had hooked to disk 1 onto your Window (C) disk.
Now you should only have the Windows disk hooked up. Verify it still boots.

If it does and it should, hook up the other drives.

Go into disk management and remover (active) from partitions G, H, I.

You should end up with "C" with Systems/Active. Hopefully "C" will be disk "0" Zero.

If not you will have to mover your sata data cables on your motherboard as per your motherboard manual.
Disk 0, 1, 2, 3, ect is controlled by what sata port is used on the motherboard.

If all this works out as it should we will get to wiping what ever you would like to wipe out.

This probable was cause by installing Windows 7 and or 10 with the other drives hooked up.

Any questions, just ask.
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22 Jan 2016   #4
skeptikill

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Thank you, However I just realized I linked you the wrong screen capture, and I left a small piece out of the last story, however but maybe this will help. "Now, I wanted to delete win 10 from G, but i read sometimes that when you install like I did, the new windows boot process needs files from the old hard drive. So to test this I disconnected the old hard drive (G). I couldn't boot. So I reconnected the old hard drive, and still couldn't boot to windows 7 on the new ssd (C), however it would boot to the old windows 10 (G). I finally put in my windows 7 disc, and let it run a startup repair, this recovered my windows 7 on C."
OK, so at this point If I remember correctly I took the screenshot above. Being the genius I am I decided to try a fix following this a you tube, I opened the command program and typed some stuff, then marked my ssd C as active and rebooted, this did not work, I couldnt boot so i put the windows disc in and repaired again. now my partition looks like this.
Unfortunately I'm running to work now and I cant find the you tube guy I followed. I will post later when I get a chance, for now, here is what my partitiopn really looks like .


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22 Jan 2016   #5
whs
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22 Jan 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you Wolfgang. Great suggestion.

@ skeptikill

If you post the wrong information you could cause a bunch of problems getting proper advice.
We only know what you post.
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22 Jan 2016   #7
skeptikill

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Thank you guys!
Ya I felt really dumb when I went back and reread my post and saw the pic I posted! I will give this a try.
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22 Jan 2016   #8
skeptikill

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OK, I followed the directions, and it told me that C is already the boot drive (something like that) , and it told me to pick a different drive. So I restarted the computer , and it gave me a prompt to start windows 10, or 7. I chose 7 and it is currently disc checking stuff before boot.
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22 Jan 2016   #9
skeptikill

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So ya, on reboot the boot manager asks me if I want to load windows 7 or 10.

EasyBCD says that C is already the boot drive.

current partition here


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22 Jan 2016   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Looks like you have a classic double boot installation. Nothing wrong with that.
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