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Windows 7: multiple system images


29 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
multiple system images

Hello all,

Below is a screen shot from disk management.
multiple system images-disk-management.png

Now the problem is that I must include D: in the system image backup.
See below.
multiple system images-set-up-backup.png

I only want to include C: as system image.

I think during clean installation of Windows 7, my vista install on partition C: was moved to partition D:. I 100% sure formatted drive C: before installing Windows 7.

During boot-time, the boot menu also displays an entry to boot Vista, I also like to remove that.

Thanks a lot in advance for reading this!

zx81



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29 Oct 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Ensure you can see hidden and protected files. In Windows Explorer, click organize, folder and search options. Click view tab to do so.

Copy bootmgr file from D: to C:
Copy boot folder from D: to C:, ignoring the warning that it can not copy bcd or bcd.log. Tell it to skip over them.

Run this command from an elevated command prompt:

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

You can copy and paste that.

Look in Windows Explorer that C:\boot folder now has bcd.

If so, reboot to bios and make your drive C: the default boot device.

Boot to Windows and check disk management to see if C: is now system partition. If so, done.

Use Easybcd to remove the Vista entry.
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29 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Ensure you can see hidden and protected files. In Windows Explorer, click organize, folder and search options. Click view tab to do so.

Copy bootmgr file from D: to C:
Copy boot folder from D: to C:, ignoring the warning that it can not copy bcd or bcd.log. Tell it to skip over them.

Run this command from an elevated command prompt:

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

You can copy and paste that.

Look in Windows Explorer that C:\boot folder now has bcd.

If so, reboot to bios and make your drive C: the default boot device.

Boot to Windows and check disk management to see if C: is now system partition. If so, done.

Use Easybcd to remove the Vista entry.
All steps done and disk management still reports D: as system partition.

I like to remove all partitions on disk 1, is this possible?

zx81
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29 Oct 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Are you absolutely sure you choose the correct hard drive to boot from? Your C: drive? If so, C: would report as system partition then. Revisit bios. The correct choice is something other than what it is now. You can randomly try them if you're unsure. Probably first one available.

Yes, you can remove all partitions but first you must successfully complete the steps in their entirety.
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29 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
Are you absolutely sure you choose the correct hard drive to boot from? Your C: drive? If so, C: would report as system partition then. Revisit bios. The correct choice is something other than what it is now. You can randomly try them if you're unsure. Probably first one available.

Yes, you can remove all partitions but first you must successfully complete the steps in their entirety.

torrentg, I have booted from the correct hard drive, I also have booted from the other hard drive, I did this by changing boot order in the BIOS.

Still D: is displayed as System and Active partition.

How can I make C: System and Active?

zx81
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29 Oct 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

C is automatically active as it's the only partition on the drive.

You can make C system by booting to it, choosing correctly in bios.

While you are in bios, it might be helpful to you to disable any setting that says boot to alternate device or similar. That's so if you choose the wrong drive, it will not attempt a different one. You will know you chose wrong. No harm. Try again.

If you choose the disk with D though, it will boot to it leaving you in Win 7 exactly as you are now.
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29 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
C is automatically active as it's the only partition on the drive.

You can make C system by booting to it, choosing correctly in bios.

While you are in bios, it might be helpful to you to disable any setting that says boot to alternate device or similar. That's so if you choose the wrong drive, it will not attempt a different one. You will know you chose wrong. No harm. Try again.

If you choose the disk with D though, it will boot to it leaving you in Win 7 exactly as you are now.
I changed the boot hdd, and now disk manager shows different, it looks like the disks are swapped. but D: is still active and system.

multiple system images-different-hdd-boot.png

Thanks in advance for helping me!

zx81


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29 Oct 2009   #8

7600.20510 x86
 
 

I've been thinking about why it seems so hard to choose the correct drive. Some bios, you have to choose amongst HDD, floppy, DVD drive as first boot device. Then there is completely another setting to choose which hard drive after you've chosen HDD.

2 separate settings. Both must be correct. So you definitely want HDD. Then the other setting, if it exists, allows you to specify which HDD amongst them.
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29 Oct 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Found this about your laptop.

Changing the Boot Sequence

The boot sequence, or boot order, tells the computer where to look to find the software needed to start the operating system. You can control the boot sequence and enable/disable devices using the Boot Order page of the system setup program.
NOTE: To change the boot sequence on a one-time-only basis, see Performing a One-Time Boot. The Boot Order page displays a general list of the bootable devices that may be installed in your computer, including but not limited to the following:
  • Diskette Drive
  • Internal HDD
  • USB Storage Device
  • CD/DVD/CD-RW drive
  • Modular bay HDD
NOTE: Only devices that are preceded by a number are bootable. During the boot routine, the computer starts at the top of the list and scans each enabled device for the operating system start-up files. When the computer finds the files, it stops searching and starts the operating system.
To control the boot devices, select (highlight) a device by pressing the down-arrow or up-arrow key, and then enable or disable the device or change its order in the list.
  • To enable or disable a device, highlight the item and press the space bar. Enabled items are preceded by a number; disabled items are not preceded by a number.
  • To reorder a device in the list, highlight the device and press <u> to move the device up the list or <d> to move a device down the list.
Boot sequence changes take effect as soon as you save the changes and exit the system setup program.
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29 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Thanx I had the exact same problem and your solution torrentg worked for me

http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...tml#post340183
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