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Windows 7: Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive


30 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.



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30 Jun 2011   #2
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
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Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.


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30 Jun 2011   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You must make the Windows 7 HD disk0 & Vista HD disk1, as below.

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Do Startup Repair with only the Windiws 7 HD plugged in.
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30 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Mark Windows 7 partition Active in Disk Management or using Diskpart from DVD: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Unplug Vista HD and swap its cable to Windows 7 HD, making sure Windows 7 HD is set first to boot in BIOS setup.

Boot the Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD, accept any offered repair. If Windows 7 doesn't start boot back into repair to run Startup REpair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 starts.

You can now plug Vista HD back into Disk1 slot to boot it using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, wipe HD or delete partitions with Diskpart:
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