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Windows 7: Can I make a non system disk into a system disk


14 Nov 2012   #1

Win 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Can I make a non system disk into a system disk

I have copied my present system disk onto a new disk, assuming that it would be able to boot. Can this be added at this stage without out having to reformat the disk as a system disk? The former took a considerable time, so if possible I don't want to have to do this again.

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14 Nov 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Take a look at this Tutorial:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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14 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the purpose of doing this?

Normally you would either clone a HD to replace it, or save a system image externally to reimage the HD/SSD if required later.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Macrium - Image your system
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15 Nov 2012   #4

Win 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I thought I was cloning the disk, I used DriveImage XML disk to disk, but the disk only says it it is an Active, Primary Partition.
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15 Nov 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's, boot into Installation DVD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
until it starts on its own and holds the System flag showing the System boot files are intact and working.

You can then plug back in the other HD's, control which is booting using BIOS Boot order and BIOS Boot menu.
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