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Windows 7: Won't boot if remove 2nd flaky HD


06 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Won't boot if remove 2nd flaky HD

Win 7 64bit
Custom build, 16g ram, asus MB, i5 cpu
2) 1T WD internalHD
System running fine for 2 months.
All software running on C:
2nd HD used for simple backups

Now getting SMART error on 2nd drive ( E:,F: )
so I need to replace 2nd drive but system wont boot without it.

Attached is pics of disk management screen and diskpart listing.

I want to save this install, spent too much time installing software.

What has windows done with my 2nd drive and how do I allow sys to boot with single drive so I can install a new 2nd drive?



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06 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

The System Reserved partition on Disk0 is booting Windows 7 as signified by the System Active flags. It should be able to boot with only that HD plugged in.

There should be no Active flag on E (only on a System partition) but since you're unplugging it that shouldn't make a difference.

Make sure Disk0 remains set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

If it won't boot after removing Disk1 then boot Windows 7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times
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06 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Have you made any progress ?
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06 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I want to understand enough about what happened and how to solve it before I jump in. Don't want to end up with an unbootable system since this is a Quickbooks server at work.

Since the first answer says "It should be able to boot with only that HD plugged in." and it wont, concerns me.

Luckily, the machine works, just keeps giving an Error window for E:/F:

I'm just being super cautious since my small business runs on this and I don't want to do a reinstall.
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06 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

As Greg states, it`s a simple process of unplugging drive 1, then running startup repair to get disk 0 ( your C partition ) booting again.

That partition marked ( other E: ) should not even be there.

Disk 1 should be just 1 partition, labeled Backup Disk E: not F: although it can be labeled any letter from E to Z
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06 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you, I'm building confidence in spite of your avatar
Will try this tomorrow and report back.
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06 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Don`t be afraid. Although it`s Scary, it`s still just an Avatar
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06 Jun 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RogerNess View Post
I want to understand enough about what happened and how to solve it before I jump in. Don't want to end up with an unbootable system since this is a Quickbooks server at work.

Since the first answer says "It should be able to boot with only that HD plugged in." and it wont, concerns me.

Luckily, the machine works, just keeps giving an Error window for E:/F:

I'm just being super cautious since my small business runs on this and I don't want to do a reinstall.
Always have your data and a Windows 7 backup image backed up externally.

You gave the impression that Disk0 will not boot when Disk1 is unplugged. What is the verbatim error message you are getting and what exactly are you doing when it occurs?

There shouldn't be any problem with running repeated Startup Repairs in any case.
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07 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

In spite of the harm to my ego, I need to tell you that the reason for the system not booting was that I was removing the SATA port cable for the C: drive. That is my error. I had to dig around in the bios to notice that's what happened, then traced the cables back more carefully. For some reason on this machine I put the C: on the bottom and the E: above. My bad.

So, I replaced the flaky E:/F:, rebooted into Win 7 fine, then went to diskmanagement and partitioned/formatted it. All is well, and now I have a C: main drive with it's hidden reserved partition, a D: DVD, and an E: backup drive with just one partition.

Thanks for the help yall, and excuse my dumbness. I WILL sleep better tonight knowing what happened now.
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07 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Excellent

If you`re good, mark the thread as solved.
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