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Windows 7: Win7 No Longer Boots After Removing Spare Drive, Why?


22 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Win7 No Longer Boots After Removing Spare Drive, Why?

Hello guys,

I have two WD black 1 TB drives in a raid 0 array, this is what I have Windows 7 installed on, I also have a 1 TB Seagate drive that I was using to backup windows to, but now I'm backing up to a NAS, the Seagate drive is just setting in my system not doing much so I want to remove it and put it in to another system.

The problem is, if I remove the Seagate drive windows no longer boots I get the following error "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key", I have checked my boot priority in my bios and my CD drive is first then the raid array. I have also checked to make sure that the Seagate drive was not a part of the raid array, it was not just the two WD drives. If I reattach the Seagate drive windows boots without any problem, it does not appear that there is any data saved on the Seagate drive. If I go in to the windows disk manager the C: drive has 1863GB so two 1 TB drives and my I: drive the Seagate has 931GB and is showing 14GB used. The C: status is as follows (Healthy, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) my I: drive status is as follows (Healthy, System, Active, Primary Partition)

I'm not sure what to try next.




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22 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi Mate,

In your disk management screen, your I drive (the Seagate) shows it as being the System drive - this is why your PC will not boot when you remove the drive. I'm not sure how to proceed from here, but I will request some help on your behalf.

Regards,
Golden
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22 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks so much Golden, any help at this point would be great
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22 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Golden is right. Your "I" drive contains the bootmgr. If you remove it, you have to fix the bootmgr on C. You may have to run this 3 times.
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22 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks so much for the fast reply guys, so I'm guessing this is not a simple fix?
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22 Dec 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Anything is simple if you know how to do it. Next time you install Windows 7 or Windows 8, unplug all disks that are not needed for the installation. Unfortunately the installer grabs disks randomly to install the bootmgr.
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22 Dec 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Thanks Wolfgang - Presto follow the tutorial and you will be good.
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22 Dec 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No Problem.
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22 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks so much guys, I will give that a shot, keep ya all posted.
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22 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Ok if I type:
Code:
bootrec /FixMbr
I get the following message:
Quote:
The operation completed successfully.
When I type:
Code:
bootrec /FixBoot
I get the following message:
Quote:
Element not found.
I get the same message when I type:
Code:
bootrec /RebuildBcd
Ps in the tut. it outlines to go to C: then in to the boot directory, but there is no boot dir. on C: there is a boot dir on E: my dvd drive.
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