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Windows 7: Windows partition and Windows folder on different drives

08 Dec 2015   #1
blckninja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows partition and Windows folder on different drives

SETUP:
Windows 7 Pro
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3
Intel i5-3570K
NVIDIA GTX 660
Mushkin Chronos 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive MKNSSDCR
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB
Western Digital Blue WD10EALS 1TB

Originally I had my windows partition and windows folder on my muskin drive, according to Disk Management it says the system reserved partition is on my WD drive but my Windows folder is still on my Mushkin drive. My boot times also take longer than they normally take and that just happened this week.


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08 Dec 2015   #2
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I have to leave for home real soon, however, it seems that the System Reserved partition needs to be present on the Mushkin HD. In short, which HD is supposed to contain both the System Reserved partition and the Windows OS partition? Mushkin or WD? I'm shutting down my laptop and leaving for home. Hopefully, based on your answer, the next person or persons posting will give you the answers you need.
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08 Dec 2015   #3
blckninja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I have to leave for home real soon, however, it seems that the System Reserved partition needs to be present on the Mushkin HD. In short, which HD is supposed to contain both the System Reserved partition and the Windows OS partition? Mushkin or WD? I'm shutting down my laptop and leaving for home. Hopefully, based on your answer, the next person or persons posting will give you the answers you need.
You are correct, the partitions should be on the Mushkin drive; however, according to the disk management window the system reserved partition is not on the Mushkin drive. In the picture Disk 0 is WD, Disk 1 is Mushkin, and Disc 2 is Seagate.

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11 Dec 2015   #4
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi blckninja,

I've found a solution for you, unplug the two HDD's and put in the Windows 7 CD and boot from it, select your region and language, and click the repair button. The repair should create the System Reserved for the E-drive, and I think when you installed Windows it automatically thought that the C-drive was the OS drive and that is why it created the SR for Disk 0 rather than Disk 1.

And when you plug in the HDD's you'll need to delete the SR from the WD drive.

I hope this will help you with your issue!

Kind regards

Boris
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11 Dec 2015   #5
blckninja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Update time.

My Win 7 disk I have is unreadable for some reason, I don't know why. I tried multiple times to boot through the CD drive and that didn't work, I also tried booting normally but still not able to read the disk there. Currently I'm trying to make a repair disk to use but the issue i'm having with that is that I can't access the recovery folder.
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11 Dec 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

you could also image disk0 and dump the images on the Mushkin.
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11 Dec 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Your screen print in post #3 shows your BOOT partition is [E].
In Disk Management the BOOT partition is where Windows is installed and running from.

Did you install another Windows on Disk 1 while you were running Windows from Disk 0 ?
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11 Dec 2015   #8
blckninja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm able to run my Win 7 disk now, looks like my optical drive wasn't working on the sata port i had it plugged into.

It's definitely possible I did that but if I did it would have been a long time ago, close to a year ago. Could I just copy everything from Disk 0 and 1, put it on Disk 2, wipe 0 and 1 and install fresh on 1?

Also, below is what happened when I tried running the repair from the disk, that doesn't look good.

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11 Dec 2015   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I would try the one-time boot option to see if i could choose which device to boot from, and see if i can boot from either the Disk 0 or Disk 1
It looks like they each have a Windows OS installed on your PC, to me.

The key to display the "one-time boot option" should be displayed when you boot the PC
, or be documented in your PC/motherboard manual.

You can't just "copy" everything from a Windows OS partition.
You should make BACKUP IMAGES of everything.
I use Macrium Reflect free for backup images.
Macrium Reflect Free

The advice from whs in post #6 may be easiest and work, but you might need to do a startup repair after the image restore.
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11 Dec 2015   #10
blckninja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
you could also image disk0 and dump the images on the Mushkin.
Sorry whs I missed this, I'm not very technically savvy with software so I might misunderstand what I should do. So what I would do is just reimage my disk0, that would clear everything on the disk and install a fresh image or fresh OS right? And then just move everything from that disk onto my Mushkin?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I would try the one-time boot option to see if i could choose which device to boot from, and see if i can boot from either the Disk 0 or Disk 1
It looks like they each have a Windows OS installed on your PC, to me.

The key to display the "one-time boot option" should be displayed when you boot the PC
, or be documented in your PC/motherboard manual.

You can't just "copy" everything from a Windows OS partition.
You should make BACKUP IMAGES of everything.
I use Macrium Reflect free for backup images.
Macrium Reflect Free

The advice from whs in post #6 may be easiest and work, but you might need to do a startup repair after the image restore.
Right right, I meant backup I was just being lazy.

I have been using the one time boot option to successfully boot my computer but it only works if I select Disk 0, and it will take about a minute for it to work IF it works. About half of the time I select Disk 0 it doesn't boot and will hang on the Windows logo. Now if I select Disk 1, it will not boot at all and will hang on a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left corner.
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