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Windows 7: dell precision 380/ win 7 / 3 hard drives all needed to boot

07 Feb 2014   #1
bayflyer

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
dell precision 380/ win 7 / 3 hard drives all needed to boot

I am trying to get my computer to boot up using only one hard drive. Currently it will only boot up
if all 3 drives are connected. I am sending a screenshot of the disk management screen so
someone with know how can diagnose why all 3 are interconnected and need each other.
I bought a stand alone drive copier to copy my hard drive to a larger drive. I would like to make the copy of the "C" drive on the 250 gb. drive shown but I think if I change something on that drive the comp. will not boot at all.
I hope that i conveyed this so that people can understand because it is somewhat confusing. My computer skill level is decent but i need assistance on this.
I would add a second drive once I clear this up.

Thanks,

Joe




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07 Feb 2014   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Because you have all three drives with a partition marked Active. Windows thinks all three are needed for boot when they're marked active. You need to mark the other two partitions on other two drives as "Inactive". Leave drive C "boot" partition as active.

Partition - Mark as Inactive
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07 Feb 2014   #3
bayflyer

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

That makes so much sense. If I proceed and it does not rectify the problem will I be able
to switch back, not being able to boot?
Keep in mind that I think your solution sounds right and I have confidence in your answer, I want to have a plan just in case.

Thanks,
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07 Feb 2014   #4
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

It's easy to mark them active (Disk Management screen) but harder to mark them inactive (command line) but yes you can go back. No one on this forum will suggest that you do though. It often causes a PC not to boot at all. I'm curious how they got marked active to begin with. Only the partition that contains the current boot files should be marked active.
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07 Feb 2014   #5
bayflyer

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I just meant that if it does not work i need to have use of my computer. I agree that once I figure this
out I would not go back to this configuration.
In the past when i tried to deal with this, the 100 mb partition caused problems. I think that is why
it need the "R" drive to boot. It seems that it should be on the "C" to avoid any conflicts.
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07 Feb 2014   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Drive C, E and F are marked active. Not drive R.

Are you running a dual boot system. Why do you have two "Operating Systems"?

Added:
What drive is defined as the first boot drive in the BIOS?
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08 Feb 2014   #7
bayflyer

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

sorry, you are correct. This 100 mb partition is necessary to boot the computer.
Why is it not on the "C" drive?
No dual boot on this box.
I may have installed another OS years ago on another disk but
I honestly don't remember. I am just trying to correct the mess.
How do I check the bios order?
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08 Feb 2014   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Hold off changing anything and gather your backups and Windows install disk. You may have to do a clean install. Windows was miss-installed. Windows updates the System Reserved area so that's why drive R is needed. The System Reserved shouldn't even have a drive letter.

Dang, my link went down and I lost the message I just typed. This is the short version.
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08 Feb 2014   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Usually F2 gets you into the BIOS as start up but this can vary by manufacturer. Check your manual.

My internet access keeps dropping so I'll see if one of our install guys can take a look.
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08 Feb 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

C is booting itself as signified by the System Active flags on it, while the Boot flag confirms it is the OS partition currently booted. Unplug all drives except C to confirm it will boot itself.

You can then plug back in Disk 2 to clone Disk 0 to it using your cloning or imaging program. I recommend the free premium Acronis app that comes with any Seagate or Western Digital drive in the mix. The Manual is easy to understand and on the Download page: Seagate Acronis cloning free util / WD Acronis free cloning app. Many here like free Macrium - Image your system.

Use the Acronis Automatic setting for size adjustment, or if your cloning app doesn't have this then clone it as is and later Extend C in Disk Mgmt if you want. Partition or Volume - Extend

Be sure if prompted to include Active flag, MBR and Track0 so clone/image will boot. If it fails to boot, confirm the Partition is Marked Active, power down to unplug the source HD, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until it boots.

Before reusing Disk1 I would wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command to remove old boot code. This is the cleanest way to delete an OS - which should at least be deleted in Disk Mgmt along with its SysReserved partition, if not wiped.
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