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Windows 7: Dual Boot issues.. Win7 64 bit & Win7 64bit

09 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Dual Boot issues.. Win7 64 bit & Win7 64bit

OEM SSD Windows 7 64 bit on C: I installed a new SSD with Windows 7 64bit to use as a test drive, but I can't boot to it. I can see the new SSD drive when I am in C:. It is labeled as E: I never gave it a drive letter. Does Windows 7 issue drive letter sutomatically? When I go into the BIOS at boot up I can't see it. I can boot to it if I remove the power to the C: so it can only boot to the new SSD.

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10 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Post a snapshot of a full screen Disk Management:

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.

See here: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums (says it's for Vista but also works with Win 7).

Once you have the image saved, click on the Paperclip Icon next to the Smiley Icon.
In the Manage Attachments window, click Browse and navigate to where you saved the image and select it.
Click the Upload button.
Close the Manage Attachments window.
Click on the Paperclip Icon again and select the image you uploaded. It will be placed in your post.
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10 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I have no idea what this is.


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10 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

When you installed Windows 7 on the SSD did you use the same product key to activate it? If so, Windows 7 may be taking your SSD offline, when the HDD is hooked up to the system.
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10 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I did use the same product key that came with the computer. If they took it off line wouldn't it disable both drives (SSD)?

I read something in this forum about needing to assign the New SSD a drive letter. I was not able to do that.

Am I not able to reuse Windows 7 if it on the OEM computer?
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10 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

No, it wouldn't take both drives offline. If you plan to use the SSD as your main drive then you could try using the diskpart command line to set the HDD as inactive. That might allow you to access it while leaving Windows in tact. If both drives don't show up when both are hooked up you may have to unhook the SSD and then run diskpart after booting up from your windows repair disk.
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10 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My computer came with 2 drives, 1 SSD with Windows 7, 1 HDD for storage. I have added 1 additional SSD and put Windows 7 on it from my Reinstallation DVD. I read on this forum, somewhere, at boot up it will give you the option of what system to boot. In that same thread it said something about assigning the new SSD a drive letter. If it isn't assigned a drive letter the computer will boot from the OEM drive which is normally C:

Sorry if I am not making any since. I am new at this stuff.
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11 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

When you installed Win 7 on the SSD, you should have unplugged all other drives from your motherboard. This way the SSD would become drive C: and the old HDD with Win 7 would be labeled something else. About the easiest way is to do another install on the SSD. Be sure and unplug all drives from the motherboard. I would advise before you do this to post a shot of your expanded Disk Management so we can read all print that is on it. You did post something but that was not it. Go to your Start button and click. You will see a space about it. Type DISK MANAGEMENT and hit enter, it will popup. Expand the columns so we can read all print.
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11 Nov 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

If that's all you get when you open Disk Mgmt then you have serious problems. Install and run a full Malwarebytes scan, followed by SFC -SCANNOW Command. If that fails you may need to run a Repair Install because it cannot be left that way, a level of corruption I've not even seen before.

Then post back the Disk Mgmt screenshot requested.

As stated unplug all other drives and peripherals when you do a booted install to the new SSD. Afterwards plug back in the other drives, set preferred OS HD first to boot in BIOS setup, boot the other using one time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.
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11 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I ran the Malwarebytes program and this is what I got;
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