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Windows 7: Win 7 on Logical D: want to move to Primary C: or merge both

22 Feb 2012   #21
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

and the computer management.....D: is now Active, C: is still System.




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22 Feb 2012   #22
Kaktussoft

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now reboot and post diskmanagemtnt screenshot again
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22 Feb 2012   #23
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Didn't boot.
All I get is a black screen with a small cursor flashing and nothing. I waited to see if it would ask for a DVD etc. nothing.

Connected it to an external caddy and attached it to another laptop to try and set the active flag back to C: - I had the same issue last night and it fixed it.

Working again. But, C: is back as active now.

Feel like im going in circles, might just format the whole thing and start from fresh.
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22 Feb 2012   #24
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derelict View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

PW should not only see Win7 but if you want Win7 on D allow you to convert D to Primary, then you can follow these steps to resize into C while recovering the System boot files into Win7 by marking Active and running Startup Repair 3 times: Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Are you following the tutorial above?
I was, until I hit the section where I require Win 7 boot/recovery disk. I have no DVDs atm, and I have no CDs to burn the ISO for PM either.

I guess my outlook has changed slightly in that I if I can get my boot files off C: and on to D: that might suffice - which is what I believe we are doing now by using EasyBCD to move the BOOTMGR
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derelict View Post
Didn't boot.
All I get is a black screen with a small cursor flashing and nothing. I waited to see if it would ask for a DVD etc. nothing.

Connected it to an external caddy and attached it to another laptop to try and set the active flag back to C: - I had the same issue last night and it fixed it.

Working again. But, C: is back as active now.

Feel like im going in circles, might just format the whole thing and start from fresh.
With NO DVD's burnt, you will be going round in circles.
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22 Feb 2012   #25
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Guess I miss understood. I was under the impression I could use EasyBCD to move the boot files to D: and away from C: entirely. Thus meaning I could remove the boot files from C: and the computer would boot. I would still have the partition allocations as shown in the screen shots, and I would still have D: as my OS and C: as a now empty partition.

I didn't think I would require the boot discs for that.
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22 Feb 2012   #26
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

PW should not only see Win7 but if you want Win7 on D allow you to convert D to Primary, then you can follow these steps to resize into C while recovering the System boot files into Win7 by marking Active and running Startup Repair 3 times: Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Are you following the tutorial above?
How and why is startup repair needed when moving starting point of partition (assuming bootmgr, bcd store are already there and partition is active?

answer: To modify the bcd store entries to point them to the new partition.

But then windows tries to start and doesn't know where C is because startpoint did change when moving partition. original C starting point doesn't contain a partition anymore and windows itself (not startup repair) assigns letter C to the startup partition with the OS.

But the poster has installed on D!! Yes ... in win7 the OS-partition is called as D!! I don't know how and why that happened. Is windows smart enough to detect it and modify that in registry?
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22 Feb 2012   #27
Kaktussoft

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easybcd DID copy bootmgr, bcd to the win7 drive (not move). It also modified the bcd-file a bit so it is bootable.
  • Install the BOOTMGR bootloader to the selected partition
  • Make the selected partition active
  • Install the bootloader to both the bootsector and the MBR of the selected partition
  • Copy all entries from the old boot partition to the newly-selected one
  • Update partition references to work with the new boot partition
I think after making win7 partition active and booting from it, it makes that partition C automatically. Then it doesn't understand the contents of bcd-store (all pointing to D). But I'm not sure about that

I'll advise you to do a clean install
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22 Feb 2012   #28
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Clean install it is...thanks for the help.
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22 Feb 2012   #29
gregrocker

 

OP installed from C instead of correctly booting the installer, which locked out C and forced installer to choose D for Win7. We see this a lot.

If he wanted to keep Win7 on D, OP was instructed to convert D to Primary so it could be marked Active. This tells WinRe where to write the System boot files.

Once marked Active, he needs to boot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times with reboots as he was told repeatedly. This is not negotiable with discussions about whether he has a DVD or CD or not.

Once D starts on its own and is marked System Active, he can delete C and recover it's space using Partition Wizard Resize function.

If you now want to clean reinstall then boot the DVD or flash stick installer, use Custom Drive Options to delete all partitions and create new as you wish, install: Clean Install Windows 7
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23 Feb 2012   #30
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
OP installed from C instead of correctly booting the installer, which locked out C and forced installer to choose D for Win7. We see this a lot.

If he wanted to keep Win7 on D, OP was instructed to convert D to Primary so it could be marked Active. This tells WinRe where to write the System boot files.

Once marked Active, he needs to boot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times with reboots as he was told repeatedly. This is not negotiable with discussions about whether he has a DVD or CD or not.

Once D starts on its own and is marked System Active, he can delete C and recover it's space using Partition Wizard Resize function.

If you now want to clean reinstall then boot the DVD or flash stick installer, use Custom Drive Options to delete all partitions and create new as you wish, install: Clean Install Windows 7
Bootmgr, bootsect and bcd are already on D and D partition is active. bcd looks fine as well (BCDEDIT /STORE D:\BOOT\BCD /ENUM ALL)

What more does "startup repair" fix? If he boots to D with D marked as active it displays a black screen just after bios screen. On that black screen is only a blinking cursor. No errors like:

-missing bootmgr
-corrupt bcd store

Can you explain that?
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