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Windows 7: Boot windows 7 with no partition marked as Active?

28 Nov 2013   #11
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by milk79 View Post
Thanks, I set the system reserved partition as active and ran repair, and it booted right up. Now I just need to figure out why windows thinks there are system files on my Steam Harddrive so i can make a system image of just the C:
What drive letter has steam harddrive? E or G?


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28 Nov 2013   #12
milk79

win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

E: is the steam drive. G is an external hdd
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28 Nov 2013   #13
Kaktussoft

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E drive is not involved in boot process. Can't you unselect that drive during system image backup?
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28 Nov 2013   #14
milk79

win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

No you can't unselect the E:
It must think there is some system files on it from an installer or something.. I move my whole steam folder and every installed game to an external hard drive now. All thats left on the Drive is 3 MKV movies and about 8 uninstalled ISO's in the games folder.


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28 Nov 2013   #15
milk79

win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

I removed all hidden files and ran ccleaner too
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28 Nov 2013   #16
whs
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With Windows Imaging you are not going to be able to deselect anything. The OS rules. If you want choice, use free Macrium.
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28 Nov 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

Your configuration looks correct, however I would always want the Win7 HD to be DISK0 if your mobo allows plugging it there. Otherwise it is easy to derail the System Active partition to another preceding Primary partition during Repairs or a Reinstall. You can achieve this by swapping their cables. Make sure Win7 HD remains HD set first to boot in BIOS setup.

To clear whatever is making the Win7 imaging app think E is System, I would move the data off to wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command, then repartition it Logical following Partition / Extended : Logical Drives - Windows 7 Forums. Using Logical drives for data precludes problems.
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