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Windows 7: New Hard Drive - I did something a little wrong


08 Jun 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I thought you wanted to remove one of them completely?

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08 Jun 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

J: is already default, sorry for the misunderstanding I thought from the way your OP was worded you wanted to remove one of the OSs altogether; before you do anything else back in disk management mark C: as active again , after you have done that re-boot.
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08 Jun 2010   #13

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
I thought you wanted to remove one of them completely?
GASP! LOL - no.....


I just want the computer to boot from drive J.

When I reboot my computer it loads a dual boot menu.

It asks me which OS I want to boot

Windows 7

OR

Windows 7

As I mentioned in the initial post I do not believe this is harmful. I simply select windows 7. I have the same OS on both hard drives. However, the dual boot screen is just an annoying screen. My computer is a little confused and thinks it has 2 OS's, well it does. But most people only dual boot when they have unique OSs.

So, for me there is no reason to dual boot. I want my computer to only boot from drive J: and no longer present me with a dual boot option. In no way do I desire to remove or delete any information on drive C:.

Well, eventually I want to copy about 300 gig from drive C: to drive J ( Drive J is the new drive) and reformat drive C:. Drive C has been acting funky. If formatting does not fix it I am just going to throw it in the trash. Or perhaps I will format it and mail it to you for helping me
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08 Jun 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
J: is already default, sorry for the misunderstanding I thought from the way your OP was worded you wanted to remove one of the OSs altogether; before you do anything else back in disk management mark C: as active again , after you have done that re-boot.

What a pain, set C: as active again J: is already at default see your snip below.

In the boot tab click to highlight C: and select the delete button and restart.

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08 Jun 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The proper way to do this is to set J: as active then run at least 3 (three) startup repairs to set J: as the system partiton and do re-starts between each of the repairs.


That way the boot files will be moved to J: and you will be able to retrieve the files and data from C: at a later time.


This will have to be run at least 3 times to completely move the boot files to J:

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
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08 Jun 2010   #16

Win 7
 
 

Now I am unable to set either drive as active. Although I am presented with the option it is simply 'greyed out'. It is not selectable(Highlightable).

On drive C, The old drive All I can select:
Mark Partition as active
Format
Extend Volume and
Delete Volume are not selectable.

All I can select on drive C:
Open
Explore
Change
Shrink Partition
Properties
Help

Can I just leave drive J as active? Or do I need to somehow address this and make C: active again?
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08 Jun 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Is J: marked as active now?
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08 Jun 2010   #18

Win 7
 
 

LOL... Yes, I do not mean to have problems Sorry

But that is correct.

Drive J is active. Drive J is the active primary partition thing now.
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08 Jun 2010   #19
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
The proper way to do this is to set J: as active then run at least 3 (three) startup repairs to set J: as the system partiton and do re-starts between each of the repairs.


That way the boot files will be moved to J: and you will be able to retrieve the files and data from C: at a later time.


This will have to be run at least 3 times to completely move the boot files to J:

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7

OK have a look at this, it is the correct way to do this; set the optical drive to boot first in the BIOS and boot from the Windows DVD and do 3 (three) repairs to J: to move the boot files and you will be good.

You are not a problem, it was my miss-understanding and I'm sorry for the confusion.
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08 Jun 2010   #20

Win 7
 
 

Here is my plan of attack:

Drive J(which is my new hard drive) is active per miss_communication. So, I am going to set the bios to boot from my Optical CD. So, rather than look at either HD it only looks at the CD. Then I am going to do whatever that link you supplied me with tells me to do. For some reason I am going to do it 3 times - because that is what you told me.

This should make drive J happy, leave the data on drive c? Also this will make the computer boot only from drive J rather than both(give me the dual boot option).

I think I can, I know I can - I will!
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