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Windows 7: Booting from another drive

27 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Booting from another drive

Hope you guys can help...to make a long story short. I had a failure to my system drive (was my fault). Anyhow the drive was still under warranty so I did an RMA with WD. While waiting for my replacement drive, I reinstalled Windows 7 to another HD and it is now my system drive. Now that my replacement drive have arrived, I image the other HD and restore to the replacement HD. My question is, how can I have it boot from the replacement HD?

What I did was mark the old HD as inactive and marked the replacement as active but when I boot up, it tells me it cannot find a boot device.

Any suggestions is appreciated.


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27 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello speederd, welcome to Seven Forums!





You will need to do a startup repair up to 3 separate times with system restarts between each repair to write new boot files to the new Windows on the new HDD; have a look at the tutorial at the link below for the relevant links and some info.
Be sure to post back with an update.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to Repair Boot Issues
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27 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the quick respond, I will give it a go tonight.
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27 Aug 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Be sure to post back so we'll know how it went.
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27 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

You need to unplug the HD you don't want any longer, then mark Windows 7 partition Active first before running Startup Repair x3: Partition - Mark as Active
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27 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Have you set the hard drive you want to boot to as the first hard drive in the bios?
Set the boot order E.g. floppy/dvd/hard drive then set which hard drive you want to boot to first.
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27 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32x
 
 

like many said here:

1. Set the new HDD as the first boot device
2. Set the new HDD as active
3. Do the startup repair three times
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