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Windows 7: System Partition on Wrong Disk


21 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 
System Partition on Wrong Disk

So, I installed 64 bit Windows 7 on my computer, all seems good except the system paritition is not on the disk I installed Windows 7 to. I can not get inside the computer to remove one hard drive and then reinstall and I would prefer not to even reinstall again.

Disk E is my USB Stick.

Is there anyway to manually fix this:?


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21 Aug 2012   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Easiest would be to transfer the bootmgr to C - then you can disregard the system partition. Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

The reason your system partition landed on Disk0 is because the installer always grabs the disk with the lowest port number for it.
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21 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

A good process is to open an administrative command prompt and type bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: to put the boot files on the C: partition, then make C: partition active with diskpart or Disk Management.

You will then have to change the boot order or make the partition on the other drive inactive, which can be done using diskpart.

Diskpart
lis dis
sel dis 0 <-
make sure this is the drive you want to work on.
lis par
sel par 1
<- make sure this is the correct partition number
inactive
exit

Just an alternative if you felt like doing it yourself.
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21 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

In the end, I just reinstalled and did it again. It is good now. Thanks anyway.
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21 Aug 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
In the end, I just reinstalled and did it again. It is good now. Thanks anyway.
Hmm, that was the complicated way to solve that problem.
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21 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
In the end, I just reinstalled and did it again. It is good now. Thanks anyway.
Hmm, that was the complicated way to solve that problem.
I still get the result I wanted
http://i.imgur.com/I7ge4.png
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21 Aug 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you unplug the other HD's as advised in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

Using EasyBCD or line commands to move the System boot files will not place the System Recovery Options on F8 Advanced Boot Options which is why the Best Practice for moving the boot files has always been to mark the target partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. This also tests all variables to make sure nothing goes awry.
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21 Aug 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg, he has no recovery partition. So I don't think it matters if he loses the F8 capability.
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21 Aug 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

That's not just for Recovery, Wolfgang. I'm not sure why System Recovery Options tutorial says that, but those are onboard WinRE tools which are best included on every Windows 7 installation, and only written by the installer or running Startup Repair 3 separate times on the Active partition:

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21 Aug 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, you have a point there. I guess I never use these tools because I rely totally on my images. But for a lot of paople those are certainly useful.
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