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10 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7, seperate hard drive.

Hi guys, im new here and registered to ask this question in an expert forum

Right i installed Windows 7 onto a new hard drive last night as its much larger and faster I was having major troubles, long story but lets call that C: now, and my old windows 7 installation D:
The new C: i have installed windows to is a SATA Drive and my old D: is an IDE which is obviously set to primary master. Now its taking a while to boot up and i'm guessing thats because my primary master is still connected to my old windows drive. I also have another harddrive, which is E: which is set to primary slave. I cant format my D: (old windows boot) because it says windows couln't complete the format. How do i go about making my current C: (SATA) my primary slave, and what slave do i leave my games drive, E: at? Sorry its a little confusing i know. And also, when i try format my old windows boot, i right click my computer and click format. If i try going to My Computer>Manage>Disk Management and delete volume, and formatting it that way, it says Windows cannot delete the active system partition on this disk. What can be active on it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jamie

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10 Mar 2010   #2

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Try setting the jumpers on the ide drives to CS (cable select)
In BIOS set your new sata (c:/) as the first boot drive.

May need to find a bit of free software to reformat the other drive (D:/), if I find one i'll post.

Hope this helps.

Found it:

http://www.killdisk.com/
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10 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

there pretty old hard drives, im not even sure they have a Cable select on them lol. If i go into disk management then the D: is marked as active, but i can't see why? Which is stopping me from deleting and formatting it
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10 Mar 2010   #4

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jamieking86 View Post
there pretty old hard drives, im not even sure they have a Cable select on them lol. If i go into disk management then the D: is marked as active, but i can't see why? Which is stopping me from deleting and formatting it
If they haven't got CS chang them both to "slave". It won't matter as long as they are not both set to primary.

Make sure you make the change in BIOS for the boot sequence.

The D: is "Active", just means it's there, working and available.

Download killdisk and run it. If that doesn't work post back.
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10 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I tried disconnecting the old drive, D: and putting my E: (games drive) as primary slave, when booted, the screen wouldn't come on at all, so i put my E: as primary master, screen came on, choose 1st boot device to my new hard drive, then after bios screen, just came up with a black screen with the letters somet like {Bed3/Be]d3}
Wasnt exactly like that, but something like that, and wouldn't boot. So then i tried booting from the windows 7 dvd and click start>repair. Half way through loading files it says "windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. This error can be cause by unplugging a removable storage devicesuch as an external USB drive while the device is in use or by faulty hardware etc. If the problem persists please contact your hardware manufacturer. So there obviously working together booting up windows, but how do i get around this problem?
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10 Mar 2010   #6

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

I can see this is going to be fun!!

Remove all drives apart from your new sata drive. Does it now boot into Windows 7 (I'm expecting not)? If it does, skip the next 2 steps:

Do a complete reinstall of Windows 7 using the disk and ensure that you format the drive completeley when given the option.

Do not attach the old drives!!

If it succesfully boots into Windows 7 now, we are getting somewhere!

Hook up your gaming drive (E:/), making sure the jumpers are set to CS or Slave.

Does it now boot ok?

If it does, then hook up your D:, again check jumpers are set to CS or slave (CS is the best option if you've got it)

Hopefully it will now boot in Windows 7 with the other drives available.

If this doesn't work, try leaving all drives in and do a clean install of Windows 7, just be carefull at the formatting screen to select to reformat C: and D: and to install the OS on C:.

That's all I got for the moment. Post back if it doesn't work!
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10 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

does it matter which i put in on primary master and primary slave? D: or E:?
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10 Mar 2010   #8

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

It doesn't really matter as you aren't booting from either of them, that's why cable select is the best option if it's available.

The Sata drive should be seen as the boot drive anyway (check BIOS setting to make sure).
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10 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

ye but i dont have enough jumpers for cable select lol. According to diagram, need like 4 jumpers or something. But ill have a go at that mate, and get back to you shortly
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10 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

mate your an effin legend. Did it step by step as you asked, now its formatting my old drive. Then i'm going to take it out as its only a 40GB, old i know, sell it, and put money towards a new big one like i have windows installed on now.

really appreciate your help mate. I could kiss you lol. Thanks a lot
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