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Windows 7: Unable to boot to Win7 after removing HD

30 Oct 2013   #1
SebaCueto

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Unable to boot to Win7 after removing HD

Hi everyone,
My problem is as follows.
I installed Win7 Prof. 32 bits on my 1TB HD.
After that I decided to remove my 250GB HD.
Now I cannot boot to Win7 anymore, it keeps asking to insert a boot drive. For some reason, the BCD was saved on my 250GB disk, but I donīt want to use it anymore, I need that 1TB disk to be independant.

Iīve already tried booting from the Win7 DVD and using the bootsect command wth different parameters, but that did not solve my issue.
I tried the automatic boot repair contained in the DVD as well, with the same outcome.

Is there a way I can make my Win7 boot with that 250GB disk unplugged?

Thank you for your help.


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30 Oct 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

It sounds as if the System files (boot manager) were installed to the 250GB HDD. Lets confirm this - please follow the instructions here after reinserting the 250GB HDD.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Regards,
Golden
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30 Oct 2013   #3
SebaCueto

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I believe thatīs the problem too.
Iīll have that image ready for you as soon as I get home.
Thank you!
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30 Oct 2013   #4
SebaCueto

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Golden, I digged a little further and found this post, do you believe this could be the same case?

New HDD, installed windows, trying to remove windows off old HDD
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30 Oct 2013   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yes, it sounds similar.....but its better to look at your Disk Management screen before you attempt anything, to be 100% sure.
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30 Oct 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

How many partitions are on 1TB drive?
Did you do "startup repair" (only 1TB drive attached) from DVD already?
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30 Oct 2013   #7
SebaCueto

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Hi Kaktussoft!
2 partitions on that 1TB HD (100GB for OS, and the rest for data).
And yes, I have tried "startup repair" (only 1TB drive attached) from DVD already and what I found funny is that when I attempt to do that, it doesnīt "find" my OS on that HD to recover... I donīt know if Iīm making myself clear, but on this screen (SEE ATTACHED) My OS doesnīt show on the list.
One final observation: My HD is not connected on the first SATA port of the Motherboard.

Thank you!


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30 Oct 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

1TB HD (100GB for OS) is a primary partition? Is it marked active?
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30 Oct 2013   #9
SebaCueto

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I believe so, it was working fine. Then I removed my 250GB disk and it doesnīt boot anymore.
I believe the info for my Win7 boot was saved on the 250GB MBR, since it was on the SATA0 port. As I removed it, I was unable to boot to Win7 anymore.
But I can confirm that information you requested as soon as I get home tonight.

Thanks;
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30 Oct 2013   #10
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Post screenshot later please (as asked in #2 )
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