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Windows 7: Making a partition bootable

16 Sep 2011   #1
kev0188

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Making a partition bootable

hi, well i have 2 OS on my laptop, one was winXP and 7, I had windows XP on my C: drive, then i installed windows 7 in my D: drive, everything was great i loved windows 7 so i decided to remove windows xp, i put in the windows 7 instalation dvd and booted from it and deleted the C: partition, then i rebooted my Laptop and it told me no boot device found, luckly i was able to re-install windows 7 on my C drive without formating the hole HD, so basicly i now have 2 windows 7 on 1 PC and all my files are on the D: drive, so i need to know how can i make my PC boot up from the D: drive so that i can later delete the C: drive without having the same "no boot device" problem.

and also i left a pic so you can see whats going on




Also i just found out that it seems like i only have 1 OS on my pc, when i had windows xp i would get the dual boot menu now i dont, the new windows 7 starts up automaticlly




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17 Sep 2011   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Deleted the entire mess.

Kept making one mistake after another.


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17 Sep 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do not mark D: active, as the System Reserved needs to be left marked active.

Follow this tutorial:
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
You can delete the System Reserved or leave inplace.
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17 Sep 2011   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Deleted because of multitude of errors
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17 Sep 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

@theog,

I've got to start getting enough sleep. I'm making mistakes.

Let me check again and make sure things are cleaned up.

think I had two different windows open and got confused.

I've deleted everything and tomorrow after sleep, I'll explain the approach which, incidentally, does not require a system reserved partition.
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17 Sep 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Deleting reserved partition & C:, would make the PC unbootable.

A startup Repair is need also.
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17 Sep 2011   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

@theog,
Very true. I noticed that and that was one of the changes I had put in before I decided to eradicate all and go at tomorrow after sleep.
Thanks. Let us hope that the thread starter didn't get messed up by my mistakes.
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17 Sep 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have a good night sleep.karlsnooks
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17 Sep 2011   #9
kev0188

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

okay so i see i did make quite a mess, but i want to know if this is an option,
can i just pass all my files from my D: partition to the C: partition and then delete D: and the reserved space? so that then i will only have 1 partition and not a big mess
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17 Sep 2011   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have you read the tutorial in post 3?
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