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Windows 7: Windows running off two separate drives when booted.

07 Dec 2015   #1
Mckellard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows running off two separate drives when booted.

Hello,

Recently I bought two SSDs and attempted to transfer W7 from my HDD (E:) to SSD (C:) using the clone feature on the program EaseUS Todo Backup. I made an exact clone and now when I attempt to boot from the SSD it states that it is not a bootable drive. When I boot from the HDD, however it boots properly. What makes it strange is, even though I am booting from the HDD, the Resource monitor is showing that some of my system processes are running off the SSD. I do not have a W7 professional disc available right now to try startup repairs.

Any suggestions on what this might be?
Thanks!


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07 Dec 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Post a screen print of Disk Management using tutorial instructions by Brink.
Make sure everything is maximized so all info is shown in your screen print.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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07 Dec 2015   #3
Mckellard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Has both Disk Management and Resource Monitor in case anyone asks to see that.
W7 is set in bios to boot off C: but was manually booted off of E: for this image.


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08 Dec 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

From what i see in Disk Management Windows is running off the [C] drive (Disk 0).
In DM the Boot partition is where Windows is running.
In DM the System partition is where the boot code is installed and used to boot-up Windows.

I don't see anything running from [E] in your Resource Monitor screen print.

You said you manually booted [E] for screen prints in post #3.
Can you Boot off [C] and post screen prints ?

I don't know why you have [F] Games and Programs as an Active partition.
I would mark [F] as Inactive, having it as Active could cause issues, see this tutorial:
Partition - Mark as Inactive

Maybe it is trying boot from the Games and Programs when you can't boot.
Can you disconnect the [E] and [F] drives and see if Windows will boot-up ?
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08 Dec 2015   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Adding to what DavidE said, sources say only the boot partition should be marked Active [in my case it's called System Reserved]. If no separate boot partition, then the OS partition [mostly C] should be marked Active. I have my C-partition set as Primary, all other partitions set as Logical.
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08 Dec 2015   #6
Mckellard

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thank you both! I set E: and F: to inactive and it is properly booting from the C:
Thanks!
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08 Dec 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

That's great
You're welcome and glad you got it fixed.
Thanks for posting back with your solution and marking the thread solved !
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08 Dec 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

FYI, you can always create a system repair disc in windows.

Control Panel>Backup and Restore


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