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Windows 7: How to change default boot drive and reformat old drive.

06 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 professional
 
 
How to change default boot drive and reformat old drive.

How to change default boot drive and reformat the old one.

I installed a new 2TB drive and installed window 7. But for some reason Windows 7 needs my old drive to boot. I have tried to unplug the old drive and boot with the win7dvd, but I get disk failure message please reboot over and over.

What are the steps to make the new drive the sole place for Windows 7 to boot and then how can I reformat the old drive for storage?

Thanks for any help provided!



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06 Apr 2013   #2

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

Hi if you want to move the boot files to another drive click the link below then format the drive

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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06 Apr 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

You should have unplugged the old HD before install.

To move the System boot files to C so that it is fully functional with a Repair console on F8 Boot Tools menu, mark C Active now, power down to unplug the old HD and swap its cable to C so it is in Disk0, boot into Windows 7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots and is marked System Active.

You can then plug back in the old HD making sure Windows 7 HD remains first to boot in BIOS setup.
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