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Windows 7: Windows boot files on wrong drive.

22 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 pro
Windows boot files on wrong drive.

I have a system which installed some boot files (i.e. Boot manager, Memory Tester and Windows Legacy OS loader) on the lowest numbered drive D: (the rest of course on C: which is the RAID partition where I want everything). I now know I should have disconnected the "D:" drive when I set the RAID up.

Anyone know of a sure-fire way of moving these files over without risk from D: to C: and then I can demote D: and remove the drive?

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22 Jan 2013   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64

Have a look at this may be able to help
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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22 Jan 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


The only method which fully completes the job of moving the System boot files is to mark the target partition Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

Moving them manually from Command Line or EasyBCD does not check all parameters, like rewriting the hotlink for System Recovery Options to F8 Advanced Boot Options
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23 Jan 2013   #4

Win7 Ultimate X64

Hi Greg, can you clarify the process, wold you need to delete old boot files before startup repair as im guessing if you didnt it would not find a problem to repair or is that wrong also whats the difference in doing this to moving boot manager with easyBCD as per the above tutorial
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23 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Hi Pauly.

When you Mark the target Primary Partition Active where you want the System Boot files to be moved, Startup Repair sees that the Active partition has no boot files and writes the boot files to it.

But to test and adjust startup and other anciallary boot functions may require up to 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots before it will boot with the System flag now on the new Active partition.

Without using this method some of these functions like WinRe on F8 may not work. The boot files remain on the original System partition as well so Active flag can be moved back to it if the rare case where they won't move is encountered. So always have OP keep the System partition intact til its flag has moved.

This regimen was developed in the earliest days in our Installation forum by SIW2 (my teacher), Bare Foot Kid and others. It remains the most comprehensive to assure everything gets checked out and rewritten correctly.
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23 Jan 2013   #6

Win7 Ultimate X64

Thanks for the info mate thats definately a better way of doing it
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