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Windows 7: Boot manger located on old drive

11 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Boot manger located on old drive

When i installed windows I made the mistake of leaving all my old drives plugged in, as such the boot manager for my current windows os is located on my old failing drive(disk 1). From this image Attachment 164385 you can see that the boot manager is located on disk 1 on the system reserved section. I need to move/install/repair it to the SSD drive (disk 3/C drive). However after trying the a few ways i am at a loss what to do.
What i have tried

1. Disconnecting all the other drives and running windows repair off the windows disc 4 times
2. Marking the SSD drive as active get this error Attachment 164386 sorry for the fuzzy picture it says "the specified partition is not valid for this operation" i used this guide
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http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71432-partition-mark-active.html?ltr=P
I tried both ways inside cmd off the windows disc and through disk management.
3. converting the ssd from a logical drive to a primary drive using Easeus partition manager
4. resizing the partition to create unallocated space to create into a primary partition agian using Easeus partition manager, wouldn't resize

As i understand it the problem may be that the SSD is a "logical drive" and not a primary one as reported by windows as that's the only difference i can see, if this is the case can it be fixed? ( I need to reformat disk 1 hence the need to move the boot manager)

Any ideas?

edit: images Disk management
Boot manger located on old drive-disk1.jpg

error message
Boot manger located on old drive-iphone-222.jpg




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11 Jul 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY

Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) |
X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, needed info is not visible.

Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER
Click the New button.
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save button

Post the snapshot:
Click on the paperclip icon in that row of icons at the top of the message box.
Click on a BROWSE button. There are 5 of them.
Navigate to the folder containing the snapshot.
Click on the snapshot.
Click on the OPEN button.
Click on the UPLOAD button adjacent to the 5th BROWSE button.
Close the MANAGE ATTACHMENTS window.
Position the cursor at the spot in the message where you want the
snapshot to appear.
Click on the PaperClip again.
Click on the file which you want to insert
Attach code will be inserted into your message.
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11 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Cannot see your screenshot. Please post another using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

Sounds like you have a Logical drive on the SSD which cannot host boot files. You'll need to convert it to Primary using free Partition Wizard bootable CD. If there are other Logical sub-partitions they will have to have the data moved off to delete them as it will only convert one within the Logical extended.

Once you've converted, mark Active and run Startup Repair 3 times with reboots to write the System boot files to Windows 7 Primary Active partition.

Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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12 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Sorry about the images i have edited the post but they are located here as well
Disk management
Boot manger located on old drive-disk1.jpg

Error Message
Boot manger located on old drive-iphone-222.jpg

better image of ssd partitions
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12 Jul 2011   #6

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You need to make C: Primary Drive, as system boot file will not install to Logical Drive.

& move to Disk0 & first boot in BIOS.
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12 Jul 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all HD's, plug SSD into DISK0, set it first to boot in BIOS setup.

Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick on C to Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Next highlight the C HD, from Disk tab choose Rebuild MBR, OK. Apply all Steps.

If Windows 7 doesn't boot, boot into DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System boot files to C.

Now you can plug back in the other HD's, delete System Reserved using Diskpart "Delete partition override" command: DiskPart Command-Line Options
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12 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug all HD's, plug SSD into DISK0, set it first to boot in BIOS setup.

Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick on C to Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Next highlight the C HD, from Disk tab choose Rebuild MBR, OK. Apply all Steps.

If Windows 7 doesn't boot, boot into DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System boot files to C.

Now you can plug back in the other HD's, delete System Reserved using Diskpart "Delete partition override" command: DiskPart Command-Line Options
Thanks the above worked with one addition i had to mark the ssd partition as active using the command prompt in the repair disk, after 3 repairs with the windows disk it worked. I plugged all the drives back in, booted and then inside windows using command prompt marked the other drive inactive. It doesn't list all my OS's anymore but that's ok as i have to format the old drive anyway.

Thanks all
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12 Jul 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

I had mentioned marking Active earlier but left it out of the final set. Good catch and good work.
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13 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You may care to do more than a simple format to the old HDD, have a look through the information presented in these tutorials linked below.

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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