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Windows 7: Make boot drive disk 0 AND set system attribute, remove from H:

01 Apr 2013   #1
Glaice

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Make boot drive disk 0 AND set system attribute, remove from H:

Hello, I have 4 hard disk drives in my system, 3 Seagate (2 320GB, 1TB) and 1 Western Digital (1 160GB). One of the drives (the 160gb) is running very hot constantly (60C on average) and is also labeled as a "System" drive in Disk Management because it was once my original boot drive years ago. I want to take this drive offline because I fear it will eventually die and leave me to unable access Windows 7 without mucking with something.

I want to remove that from the drive and put it on the Boot drive, which is one of the 320GB drives but I also want to make C: (my OS drive) disk 0 but it is disk 1. I cannot format H: (the 160gb WD) yet there is nothing else but an emaciated/gutted XP install with several files which I cannot remove at any cost.

What would I have to do to get myself in working order to my specifics?


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01 Apr 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Glaice

You could take a reading at the links below

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

To make drive 1 to Drive 0 unplug all the hard drives but the one you want to be drive 0 and do a startup repair for it to be a boot drive.

Can you upload an image of your disk management

Link below will show you how

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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01 Apr 2013   #3
Glaice

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello, after doing some mucking around I was successful on fixing my boot/system drive designation and got everything all sorted out, despite C: still disk 1
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01 Apr 2013   #4
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Which is your Second hard drive . What port on the motherboard is it connected to ?
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01 Apr 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

It would be best if we see the Disk Mgmt screenshot requested since there may be other complications you're not aware of yet. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums

The normal way to move the System flag is mark the target partition Active and run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times which covers many different parameters whereas other fixes will leave something out like the Repair console on F8 boot tools menu.
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02 Apr 2013   #6
Glaice

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I think the problem was that H was in SATA1 while C was in SATA 2 or 3 I had to rearrange things while removing the 160 gig and 120mm fan.
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02 Apr 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Is your Drive C now Disk 0 ?
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02 Apr 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

And is it marked System Active? Let's see the screenshot.
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02 Apr 2013   #9
Glaice

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Drive E (320GB) is disk 0, drive C is disk 1 (which is also system and boot which is good ) and the terabyte drive D is disk 2. The two 320s are unmarked and identical so I had to play a guessing game which one had the OS on it. I know the terabyte drive is in SATA3 or SATA4 (DVD drive uses one port methinks)

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02 Apr 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

As long as Disk0 doesn't get marked Active to derail the System files during a Repair or Reinstall then you can keep it the way it is, tho I'd want Win7 in Disk0 slot, set first to boot in BIOS of course.

Otherwise it looks right. Don't know how you moved the boot files but all of the flags are correct. If you don't have Repair Console on F8 menu then run Startup Repair a few times from DVD or Repair CD.
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