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Windows 7: Active Partition Question on new Win7 Install


22 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Active Partition Question on new Win7 Install

I recently upgraded from winXP x64 to Windows 7 Ultimate. I added a 128 GB SSD drive (C) and have one 2 tb (D & E) and one 1 tb (F) hard drive. I've been installing most of my applications on the D partition and data on E and a data backup on F.

Everything was fine until I temporarily added another hard drive which I formatted to prepare it as a backup drive. This seemed to go fine too, but when I rebooted I got the dual (triple in this case) screen with Ubuntu, earlier version of windows, and Windows 7. I realized where the non-Windows 7 version were coming from; my D drive where I had winXP and Ubuntu.

I checked the System Configuration Boot tab and it shows only Windows 7 (C:\Windows) : Current OS; Default OS. But under the disk management, it shows only drive D has an active partition.

So I know why I'm seeing the triple boot screen, but I'm not sure if I can safely make C active and D not active?


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22 Nov 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

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24 Nov 2013   #3
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Boot into Windows 7 to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Tell us what you want to keep and what needs to go, what partitions each are on.

If you only wanted Windows 7 on the SSD then you should have deleted the old OS the correct way: by deleting its partition during install or from Disk Mgmt. But doing this now will require some surgery following steps we give you.

Let us see the screenshot along with accompanying recount of what you want to do and we will give you the exact steps.
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24 Nov 2013   #4

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Not sure when drive d became active. I originally set up drive c, the ssd as active and it boot directly into Windows 7. Then on a boot, I suddenly had an earlier version of windows (XP), Ubunto, and Windows 7. WHen I looked at disk management, it loos as it does now.

I was thinking of purchasing a spare ssd as a backup and can migrate my current ssd to it (I use Paragon Hard Disk Management Suite 12.)


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24 Nov 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you did not disconnect Disk 0 and disk1 during the OS installation, the installer grabs the first primary partition it finds to place the bootmgr. In your case that was D.

Rather than a second SSD, why don't you make weekly images of your system. Costs only a bit of HDD space of which you have plenty.

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24 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you did not disconnect Disk 0 and disk1 during the OS installation, the installer grabs the first primary partition it finds to place the bootmgr. In your case that was D.

Rather than a second SSD, why don't you make weekly images of your system. Costs only a bit of HDD space of which you have plenty.

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What I don't understand is why the bootmgr only had a Windows 7 entry for the first few days and then all of a sudden the two from D were added?

I guess I was thinking I had to have the product I'm upgrading (XP) installed when I did the Windows 7 install. But it probably would have asked for my XP install disk anyway.

Thanks
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24 Nov 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Only you would know what exactly you did and in what sequence. It is always good practice to disconnect all disks that are not needed during an installation.

What you can do now is to copy the bootmgr to C. It will speed up your boot process.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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24 Nov 2013   #8
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The correct way to move the System boot files is to mark C Active in Disk Mgmt, power down to unplug all other HD's.

Swap the data cable from D/E drive to the C drive so that it is now in Disk0 position.

Boot into Windows 7 installation media or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots on its own and is marked System Active.

You can then power down to plug back in the other HD's, making sure C remains HD set first to boot in BIOS setup. Immediately mark Inactive the D Programs partition: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

If you still have XP on the HD and no longer want it then move the data off to delete it in Disk Mgmt which is how an OS is properly uninstalled. If you want XP then boot it using the one-time BIOS boot menu key given on first boot screen. You may or may not need it to be marked Active to do this.

You can remove any ghost entry on a Windows Boot Menu by deleting in msconfig>Boot
or install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to delete on the Edit OS Menu tab. If you prefer using this method to boot another OS then delete the old entry first and then add it back on the Add OS Entry tab. Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7 for easiest Linux method.

In the future you must unplug all other HD's during install or Startup Repair to avoid derailing the boot files again, or at the least always have Windows 7 HD in Disk0 position.
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