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Windows 7: Booting From Second HD- My Goof Yipes?

17 Apr 2014   #11
LadyLee

Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit
 
 

Attached file is here.

First, I have some good news. BCD has a new version as of 4/16/2014 and it does the job within a window instead of a command.

Now, here's my question. Should I make it a simple drive and format it or make it a logical drive and format it?

I do not have a D-drive at the moment but will it get that letter?

Thanks to every single reply here for literally EVERYTHING. This is a wonderful site and I'll be here often.

Donna - attachment




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17 Apr 2014   #12
gregrocker

 

Looks fine. You can create and format your data partition(s) on DISK1 in Disk Mgmt:
Partition or Volume - Create New . This will create Primary partition which is fine. You only need to be concerned about primary partitions preceding the OS partition, which can have the boot files derailed to them when you run a Reinstall or Repair.
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17 Apr 2014   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am glad it worked for me. I like that approach because it is fast and easy.

But as I stated in my tutorial, you do lose the recovery environment. But if you are a frequent imager, that is not much of a loss.
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17 Apr 2014   #14
gregrocker

 

I think it may now write the System Recovery Options to F8 Advanced Boot options.

LadyLee can you reboot your PC and tap the F8 key to see if Repair My Computer is at the top, and if you select it that it opens and detects your OS, before closing it?
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17 Apr 2014   #15
LadyLee

Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit
 
 

I haven't done the F8 with regard to the repair option being at the top, but I will. Here's my current dilema. Disk 1 is formatted to NTSF and it has it's boot partion but I'm trying to label it D: and I cannot. That choice is not in the letters offered to me. I'm confused. I just saved a file to J and it works but I'd like it to be D drive if I can.

There is no "D" drive at all. Getting a DOS prompt and typing dir D: reports there is no drive D. I thought something else perhaps got assigned to that letter.

I could use it as J drive but that's not normal and confusing.

Oh, and right now it is logical because I was trying everything I could think of.

thanks - see attached


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17 Apr 2014   #16
gregrocker

 

Logical is fine, meant for data partitions so that boot files cannot be placed there.

Did you scroll down to look if any card readers or other drives have claimed D? If not you may need a reboot.

What do you mean Disk1 has its boot partition? It should not have a boot partition at all. The screenshot you posted also has no partition created yet. So I'd check if anything down lower on the map has D, and if not reboot and create a new partition.
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17 Apr 2014   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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17 Apr 2014   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Windows will always name the drive/partition that is booted to Windows as C:\.
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17 Apr 2014   #19
LadyLee

Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit
 
 

Sorry, I meant disk1 has it's primary partition. and YES, F8 does have repair first and it works.

I took pics of Easus showing what is on J: it appears only the recycle bin?? But it is also on C:. Perhaps I need to clean out what you see on the disk 2 drive now and reformat?

I have no clue how I'd get that out unless with zeros??

Wow, this is interesting and I'm so close.

see attached confusion of disk 1


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17 Apr 2014   #20
gregrocker

 

It looks like it is a normally formatted partition.

Did you reboot and check if you can assign D now? Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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