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Windows 7: ghosted a drive need help with boot loader


05 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 
ghosted a drive need help with boot loader

I have a 1 tb drive with my OS primary on 100 gig of it and the remainder to a data drive.
I just ghosted that partition to a new drive (entire drive used 114 gig ) and the boot loader is not the same?

My original partition had one option "win 7" and when I tell the bios to boot to the new drive it shows 3 options... I'm pretty sure I know how this happened. The partition I copped over had its own boot loader in addition to the MBR's boot loader. So copping the partition over didn't copy the right (MBR ) boot loader.

So I have my os back up on the original set up and my ghosted drive currently without a drive letter. I can assign one but need to know what to do here. I need to some how create a boot loader on the new drive or copy the old one over. I assume I can still use c:\ as my drive letter once I swap the bios settings. Guessing windows will do that automatically?

In DM is says the drive is simple basic NTFS primary partition. Should I mark it as active and is there a way to put a MBR boot loader on there?


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05 Jun 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please connect all drives and post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image. Tell us what is on each partition.

Were there choices when you transferred the image for Auto drive letter, transfer MBR and Track0, and keep Active partition marked same?

If not we should see what's awry in the DM picture.
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05 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

the two drives in question are

Disk2 w764 (c : ) This is my current boot drive ( I'm boot to this drive ) and it also has S : for my data drive.
Disk3 w764 this is my new ghosted drive not yet assigned a letter and not active.

I want to use DISK3 as my new OS drive and have the boot loader on it.
Once I have that ready I'll be deleting my old DISK 2 and making it one partition for data.

The other drives listed are not in question.

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Were there choices when you transferred the image for Auto drive letter, transfer MBR and Track0, and keep Active partition marked same?
No but possibly that exist some where? I used ghost partition to partition and the source disk is to large for my destination disk. Ghost does have an option screen. I dont mind re doing the image if you would assist.


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05 Jun 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I always make an image with Macrium - Image your system (required for UEFI) or Acronis, then apply it using the boot disk. The choices which may be offered that must be attended to are to include MBR, Track0, Active partition and Auto drive letter.

You can try starting the present install to see if it will boot. You said you can still assign a letter so it will need to be C, then Mark Partition Active, power down to unplug all other drives while swapping the DISK0 cable to the clone HD so it will be DISK0 which is preferred if your mobo supports that drive in that port.

Then boot the Windows 7 disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots and wears the System Active flags.

You can then plug back in the other drives, boot the other Windows 7 HD using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key while making sure to keep the new Windows 7 drive set as first HD to boot in BIOS. Only the Windows 7 boot partitions for each OS drive should be marked Active, so mark the data partition Inactive: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums
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05 Jun 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Yeah I heard about this boot 3 times thing before? Confusing, anyways ill see if ghost allows theses options, if so see you in an hour.
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05 Jun 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

It may require 3 separate Repairs with reboots to do the job completely, since testing if it actually starts is part of the regimen. It needs to know this so it can next try to repair or after that actually rewrite the boot files while updating the MBR.
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05 Jun 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

Oh that makes sense, so year ghost does not have any options.

So about the advise...
"You said you can still assign a letter so it will need to be C", Somethign is missing there because no os would let you do that? I doubles checked encase Windows 7 was different but again no letter c to pick from. What did I miss?
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05 Jun 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

I would read the Manual for your ghosting program which can be found on its Support Downloads webpage. If you tell us the brand someone might know the correct settings.

Otherwise I'd use Macrium to create and recover using an Image since it's never had this issue that I remember. You'll want to follow the Manual of course.
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05 Jun 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

brand? You mean like who made it? Ghost is Nortons imaging disk utility. It copies the MBR and sets the drive active then you do disk to disk but partition to partition has no such option. I'll give Macrium a look see.
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05 Jun 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64,
 
 

I got the macrium and the UI is great. I found a tut to follow and everything looks ok but I dont see the options about MBR , active, or coping a boot loader over. Just that its set to primary so the same thing is going to happen. I need the boot loader from the source disk to be moved to the destination disc. Will this be implied? Also advanced option does not seem to offer anything.

I see this "add recover boot menu settings" but I'm trial, will that do it?


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