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Windows 7: Can't boot Windows without IDE present and Windows disc in drive.

20 Sep 2010   #11


Here is a snip of the command prompt window showing Disc 0 as inactive. I did this already but I will go and do the repair again, see what happens. See you soon.

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20 Sep 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

You may have to disconnect that Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to get this done successfully but give it one more go with it connected because that'll be better if it works.

Disk 1, partition 1 stayed as "System, Active" because the repairs weren't completed.
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20 Sep 2010   #13


Another 3 starup repairs later and Disk manager still says Disk 0 as active. Still can't boot up without Windows disc in drive.

Disconnecting the Hard Drive is my main goal as I want rid of the IDE drives but so far without them, I can't boot windows regardless of the Windows disc in the drive or not.

I'll report back tomorrow, after I've removed IDE's, with details and hopefully photo's of my post screens so that you can see what I see.

Thanks for your help and patience so far.

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20 Sep 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

As long as the Windows 7 partition is still Active, disconnect the IDE drive 0 and run the 3 startup repairs.
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20 Sep 2010   #15


If you want to get rid of the IDE anyway, then unplug it and plug the WIn7 HD into it, boot DVD to mark Win7 HD active with DISKPART, then run Startup Repair x3.

This may recover only the Win7 boot. If so, would you like to use a cleaner Dual Boot method using the BIOS boot order for Win7 and then boot Vista when desired by tapping the one-time BIOS boot menu key during bootup? If so, we can give you the steps to also recover the MBR into Vista so it becomes independent like Win7.
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