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Windows 7: How to display Bios boot menu on startup?

09 Mar 2015   #11
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrJWilson View Post
Cheers,

Is there no way around having to open up my pc and physically disconnect the other drives? I know that sounds lazy but the inside of my pc is not the easiest to navigate. I wonder if i can disable specific sata ports in bios, which would effectivly disconnect them during installations right?
You can try disabling a hard drive or it's port in BIOS to see how that works.

You only need to pull one of the cables off the drive. At least one should be within reach? Just be sure to touch the metal case before ever reaching inside near the electronics, and never work on a carpet in stocking feet.

I have never considered the System Reserved partition to be any type of problem and can take it or leave it. Just make sure it remains marked Active at all times if you keep it. Some imaging/cloning apps give you access to needed settings to mark Active, include MBR and Track0. Macrium automates all of this which is another reason it is a favorite here.


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09 Mar 2015   #12
MrJWilson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 (x2. Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrJWilson View Post
Cheers,

Is there no way around having to open up my pc and physically disconnect the other drives? I know that sounds lazy but the inside of my pc is not the easiest to navigate. I wonder if i can disable specific sata ports in bios, which would effectivly disconnect them during installations right?
You can try disabling a hard drive or it's port in BIOS to see how that works.

You only need to pull one of the cables off the drive. At least one should be within reach? Just be sure to touch the metal case before ever reaching inside near the electronics, and never work on a carpet in stocking feet.

I have never considered the System Reserved partition to be any type of problem and can take it or leave it. Just make sure it remains marked Active at all times if you keep it. Some imaging/cloning apps give you access to needed settings to mark Active, include MBR and Track0. Macrium automates all of this which is another reason it is a favorite here.
I understand and appreciate the advice on doing this via physical disconecting drives or disabling sata ports, but i'm curious about copying an image over via Macrium.

so are you saying, copying an existing W7 and its respective SR partition images, to a new physcial disk, while leaving the original installation on the first disk, would be a simple process in Macrium i.e it would update the boot manager, so that i'm left with two independant installs, each with their own respective system reserved partitions (marked as active)?

I just need clarification on this method, as I don't see why i would need to opt for disabling drives, unless i was installing from a windows installtion disc.

I'm assuming my way would be more straightforward - restoring os and sr image to new drive, but a potential issue would be when prompted by macrium to restore MBR from image or do not replace.

I'm assuming I would select do not replace, and this would allow this newly copied image to boot up independantly.

By restoring the MBR from the image, would this not cause a non-boot because the MBR would be looking at the incorrect physical disk?
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09 Mar 2015   #13
gregrocker

 

You would know because it boots without the presence of the other drive.

You can also look at Disk Mgmt to see that each drive when booted has a System and Active flag planted on the System Reserved partition or C.

Macrium fully automates all of this. So if the OS already has the System Active flags on System Reserved they should be transferred and it should start - providing that drive is set to boot first in BIOS, another reason to unplug the other drives since otherwise you'll need to confirm this in BIOS.

Perhaps it would be best if we see screenshots of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
of all of the involved drives to see that they are already independently bootable.
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31 May 2015   #14
MrJWilson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 (x2. Dual Boot)
 
 

I've got myself into a mess with this.

I can easily disable sata ports in bios, so i did as recommended and disabled one w7 drive before installing the other.
The stupid thing i did was not disable other drives which did not contain any operating systems. I didn't think i would need to.

Now i have one independant W7 drive with a system reserved partition on it. Fine.

I have another W7 drive independant from the other, however it doesn't have a system reserved partition. It has dumped the bootmngr on a random non operating system drive that i use for files.

I think i understand right. This was my fault for not disabling those too, but i expected Windows to create the normal system reserved partition on the operating system disk. I don't know why it did not? This is just a normal W7 fresh install, if the other W7 drive has been disabled first.

Is there anything i can do here?

You can see from attached image that Windows 7 C: should have system and active flags, or a small system partition on Disk 0 - basically everything should be self contained and independant on Disk 0 that relates to that OS and bootmngr

Why the hell did it make my "Studio" partition on Disk 2 the system active partition containing the bootmngr?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


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31 May 2015   #15
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can use EasyBCD boot manager to fix this issue.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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31 May 2015   #16
MrJWilson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 (x2. Dual Boot)
 
 

So that easyBCD method would mark Windows 7 C: partition on disk 0 as system and active, containing the bootmngr folder/files? I could then delete these from my "studio" partition on Disk 2 and my windows 7 would boot up?

Can i also do this step to copy boot files from system reserved partition on my other os disk (not in screenshot), to its C: windows partition, and remove the system reserved partition?

Thanks
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31 May 2015   #17
gregrocker

 

Once you move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums reboot the PC and if Win7 boots correctly with the System Active flags on C, you can mark S Inactive if it is still Active: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

Once you plug back in your other OS hard drive, make sure the preferred one remains set first to boot in BIOS setup, then use the BIOS Boot Menu key to trigger the other one to boot. If this isn't to your liking, use EasyBCD to add the other OS to a Windows Boot Menu.

Once it's all back together we should see another DIsk Mgmt screenshot.

You may find that folders on one big data partition are preferable to managing the size of a bunch of smaller data partitions which really ought to be folders. But if you need to shuffle space between partitions you can do it easily with How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help even if they're not adjacent.
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31 May 2015   #18
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrJWilson View Post
So that easyBCD method would mark Windows 7 C: partition on disk 0 as system and active, containing the bootmngr folder/files? I could then delete these from my "studio" partition on Disk 2 and my windows 7 would boot up?

Can i also do this step to copy boot files from system reserved partition on my other os disk (not in screenshot), to its C: windows partition, and remove the system reserved partition?

Thanks
Yes, I had System Reserved partition when I first installed OS and used EasyBCD, then used Partition Wizard free bootable media to delete System Reserved, and "Move/Resize" C into that unallocated space to the left.

I will let Greg lead you though, he has much more experience than me.
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31 May 2015   #19
gregrocker

 

It isn't worth bothering with the System Reserved partition at all. There is no gain whatsoever and some risk.
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31 May 2015   #20
MrJWilson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 (x2. Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It isn't worth bothering with the System Reserved partition at all. There is no gain whatsoever and some risk.
Do you mean its not worth it with SR partition, in the sense that it is better practice to use EasyBCD to move bootmngr to C: partition, or in the sense that, trying to remove / delete the system reserved partition after moving bootmngr to C: partition, is risky and not worth it?

Regarding the way I have my partitions set up for data, rather than one big partition for data and have everything reside in folders, this is because I have multiple data hard drives. Its has never really been a problem for me.

I'll give easybcd a try. Thanks for the help
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