Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

25 Dec 2012   #1
cwiseley

XP Pro, Vista Ult, W7 ultimate, Win 8 Professional
 
 
create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

I would like to create a bootable partition from an existing Win 7 partition. I have two partitions bootable now. Both Win 7- one with dragon dictate and various software I am trying out (on a 1.5 TB drive) and the other is my regular boot partition on an SSD with the system reserved partition.

I would like to create an exact image of the regular SSD boot partition on the 1.5 TB drive with the existing win7 dragon partition (and other data drives) to do an upgrade to win 8 (avoiding reinstall of lots of additional software).

I have read lots of threads on related topics but haven't seen one that can help with this problem.

I have tried acronis DD 2011 copying the partition but it isn't bootable and easyBCD adds it but it always defaults to the dragon partition when selecting it from the boot menu.

I do have acronis 2011, 2012, and 2013 plus versions as well as 2011 disk director.
Also just downloaded partition wizard but thought I might try a question first. If there is a thread I missed that has the solution, please point me there.

Thanks in advance.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Dec 2012   #2
gregrocker

 

After re-imaging the partition to HD choosing Auto drive letter selection, Active partition and include MBR and Track0, unplug all other HDs, set target HDD first HD to boot in BIOS (after DVD drive), confirm partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts with the System Active flags onboard.

If you are including the 100mb System Reserved partition then all of these things should be done choosing it, so that it remains bootable and starts Win7. Otherwise the steps applied to C will cut out the 100mb System Reserved as boot partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2012   #3
cwiseley

XP Pro, Vista Ult, W7 ultimate, Win 8 Professional
 
 

So I get your response right, I will try to rephase my problem. Here is a shot of the disks:

-diskmgmt.jpg

I have a SSD (Disk1) that has the sys reserved and boot partition I want to replicate.
The HDD (Disk0) has a second bootable partition (Win7sys2) already on it with two other data partitions. I want a third partition that boots (called win7sys18 at this point). I created the win7sys18 partition with acronis as a copy (not-bootable) and of course will not boot when selected at boot menu.

I don't know what you mean by "After re-imaging the partition to HD choosing Auto drive letter selection, Active partition and include MBR and Track0..." Are you suggesting that I do something different to get the partition on Disk0?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

25 Dec 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

Now that you tell me that there's another bootable OS on the HDD, you would want to image only the OS partition from SSD to HD, starting with unallocated space there. FOr the imaging settings you would not choose Active, copy MBR or include Track0 - just a primary partition. But do choose Auto drive letter so it will boot as C.

After re-imaging, unplug the SSD, from Win7 on HD open EasyBCD Edit OS tab, delete any second entry which existed before, on Add OS tab add the new Win7 entry by name and drive letter. Reboot to see if Win7 will start. If not run a few Startup Repairs from System Recovery Options
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jan 2013   #5
cwiseley

XP Pro, Vista Ult, W7 ultimate, Win 8 Professional
 
 

What worked...

I did a full backup image of the boot partition with acronis to the drive that I wanted the new bootable partition on.

I shutdown the machine and disconnected the SSD with the original boot partition and system reserved partition.

I restored the partition to a new space on the second drive along with another bootable partition and data (Disk 0, Win7sys18 above).

I restarted then machine and it did not boot. I used the System recovery options on the win7 dvd to repair the installation. It actually created a new system reserved space on Disk 0.

Once the system booted, I renamed the partition to win7sys18 (it restored as the original name), I then added the SSD back as the first boot disk in BIOs and then added the win7sys18 to the boot menu using easyBCD.

I was then able to upgrade the new partition to windows 8 to play with the new interface.

Thanks for the help creating the boot partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing"
Last night after 8 hours of toil, I finally completed a clean install using a usb drive on my asus ux32vd using the brand new SSD drive I had just bought. The reason it took so long was I kept getting this error -> "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system...
Installation & Setup
Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot
I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit.. So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks. However, when I go to select the partition, the install says Windows was unable to create a system partition or...
Installation & Setup
Can OS partition access a dual boot partition if encrypted w/Bitlocker
I'm a long-time reader but new poster. I am currently running Windows 7. I want to install Windows XP onto another disc and have a dual-boot setup. I keep Windows 7 up to date and secure, but for the XP partition, I would rather not have antivirus running or even installed, in order to limit...
General Discussion
Installing WinXP as dual-boot with existing Win7, partition confusion
Acer Aspire 7551 laptop, came with Win7 Home Premium x64 already installed, and I've done very little (if anything, really) to tweak or change anything, until now. I'm trying to install WinXP for dual-booting (for playing a few older games that don't like Win7 at all). Followed this thread's...
Installation & Setup
Setup unable to create a new partition or locate an existing partition
I bought a fairly new eMachines E528-2325 from a friend. before buying he decided to use DBAN 2.2.6 to wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu 11.04, after buying i requested him to reinstall Windows 7 using usb, so he again used DBAN to wipe the computer. Upon trying to install windows he got the error...
Installation & Setup
Merge or create partition & Dual Boot
Hi, I have 290GB free space on my Logical Drive c: (wherein resides my W7 OS). Can I: a) merge the free space into c: or b) create another partition, add another OS and then dual boot I have been reading other posts and tutorials about partitioning but have not seen a similar issue. Please...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:34.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App