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Windows 7: unable to dual boot 2 installation of windows 7 ultimate 64


25 Mar 2012   #21

windows 7 ultimate 64
 
 

apparently the recdisk.exe is the executable of the system repair disk- create you shown me.

Anyhow, all done, but I still don't see the second boot option on computer launch, but I can always use f8, not sure if I really like this option since it shows all my hdd's to chose from, so if you choose the wrong one, you have to reboot the computer. /edit Installed easybcd, truly prefer that option.

Here's the new pic showing the disk management.

unable to dual boot 2 installation of windows 7 ultimate 64-after-doing-repair.jpg

Some how though, the order of the HDDs have changed. But I don't expect it to be a problem what so ever.

I do have a reservation about my pro tools boot, as each time I launch it it shows the drivers and executable being loaded, just like you would see if you start windows in safe mode.



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25 Mar 2012   #22
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Well it's not correct when you have two OS HD's and they are to boot independently. They should both be labeled System Active and as you can see only the one is. So they are both booting off of C now.

To write the System boot files to E (if that is the other OS - you don't say) unplug all other HD's, set it first HD to boot in BIOS, then run Startup Repair on it up to 3 separate times with reboots until it starts and holds the System flag.

If you want the Windows Dual Boot menu then install EasyBCD (free download at bottom of page)
to C to add E by drive letter, type and give it a label.
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25 Mar 2012   #23

windows 7 ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
To write the System boot files to E (if that is the other OS - you don't say) unplug all other HD's, set it first HD to boot in BIOS, then run Startup Repair on it up to 3 separate times with reboots until it starts and holds the System flag.
Yes both Normal and Pro tools (C: and E:) are two OS that should be running independently

This is what I have done, but when I have done it, I ran startup repair about 6 times on E: and it hasn't found any problems, so I figured it was done with. It did find a problem with C: (normal) but I only had to run it once, the other times I ran it, it didn't find any problems at all, and I ran it a total of 6 time on each HDD, while the other was unplugged. So 6 on C:, and 6 on E: with no other hdds plugged in, and yes when C: was plugged in, E: wasn't and vice versa ;).
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25 Mar 2012   #24
Microsoft MVP

 

Will the Windows 7 on E startup on it's own when set first HD to boot with other HD's unplugged?

What letter does it show as when booted into it now? Windows 7 should always see itself as C when booted into it unless it is incorrectly installed from another OS and not from boot.

I don't know why Startup Repair isn't writing the system boot files to E. Unplug all HD's, boot into Repair CD System Recovery Options Command Line, type: bootsect.exe /nt60 /all /force /mbr

If this fails then add E using EasyBCD from C.
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25 Mar 2012   #25

windows 7 ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Will the Windows 7 on E startup on it's own when set first HD to boot with other HD's unplugged?
Yes it does.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What letter does it show as when booted into it now? Windows 7 should always see itself as C when booted into it unless it is incorrectly installed from another OS and not from boot.
When I boot the computer on the Pro tools windows 7 boot up, it shows the letter C:, when I look into the computer pannel this is how it looks like when I'm on the Pro tools boot session.

Pro tools (C:) Audio (D:) Samples (G:) Normal (E:)

when I'm on the normal boot session it looks like this

Normal (C:) Audio (D:) Samples (G:) Pro Tools (E:)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I don't know why Startup Repair isn't writing the system boot files to E. Unplug all HD's, boot into Repair CD System Recovery Options Command Line, type: bootsect.exe /nt60 /all /force /mbr

If this fails then add E using EasyBCD from C.
That is actually what I have already done after installing easybcd and seeing that the pro tools boot wasn't showing. I added it manually to the boot menu.

Do you think that by forcing the write up of the system boot files to E: that it will stop the startup sequence from showing all the drivers and exe loading like it does when you start windows in safe mode? If yes I will do it, if it's something else that's causing it, I'd like to know to stop it. It's not a real biggy, just feels like something's amiss.
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25 Mar 2012   #26
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's working correctly now then I'd just leave it.

It appears that E does in fact hold it's own System boot files but just isn't showing the flag in C Disk Mgmt. How about when booted into E? To get the final word on Disk configuration you can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

It couldn't boot on its own with no other hD's attached if it didn't have its boot files on E and wasn't bootable.
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25 Mar 2012   #27

windows 7 ultimate 64
 
 

At this point, both are able to boot on their own, and with easybcd I can chose either without the hassle of the one time boot manager.

So I guess it's alright. Oh and with using easybcd I do not see all the lines of code that I was talkinga bout earlier on when windows starts up on E: Pro tools.
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