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Windows 7: Macrium Reflect Recovery Boot Menu entries

28 Feb 2016   #11
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by omnescient View Post
@whs
I wondered, because I've seen other DM screenshots that label the EFI partition as active.
For instance (from your EasyBCD tutorial):
http://www.sevenforums.com/2976683-post122.html

Any idea why that one is, and mine isn't labelled 'active'?
The screen print in your link isn't for an EFI partition.
The active partition in that screen print looks like it's for an MBR (not EFI) PC.
There is no label on that partition, but usually it's labeled System Reserved, and is where the boot-loader is stored.

Looking at your DM screen print I think you installed Win 10 on Disk 2 with the Win 7 Disk 0 connected.
If that's true, then Win 10 updated the existing boot-loader on Disk 0.

What this means is if Disk 0 crashes, you won't be able boot Win 10.
There is nothing wrong with that setup, you should just be aware of this.
You would need to boot with Rescue Media such as a Macrium bootable CD or flash stick to fix things if Disk 0 crashes.

If Disk 0 was disconnected when you installed Win 10, it would have created another boot-loader for Win 10.
When installing Windows it's best to disconnect all storage drives except the drive you are installing Windows to, and the device you are installing Windows from.

I can post a screen print of a triple-boot PC where each OS is on a different physical drive and each have their own boot-loader, if you want to see what it looks like.
I can disconnect any 2 drives, and still boot the PC with any single drive/OS connected.


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28 Feb 2016   #12
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
Any idea why that one is, and mine isn't labelled 'active'?
It probably was but you cannot see it because the box is too small.

Regarding the location of the bootmgr - Win7 is my personal preference. No real compelling reason.
I've become partial to the grotesque blue graphical 10 menu, and I guess I only need one.

This seems to be the bootmgr location:
\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi (the EFI partition?)

this the boot loader location in W7:
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.efi
description Windows 7


and this in W10:
device partition=I:
path \Windows\system32\winload.efi
description Windows 10


according to EasyBCD when running in W7.

I would tell EasyBCD to copy the bootmgr from the EFI partition, and put the copy in either C: or I: (as above).
In practice, I'd run EasyBCD in either 7 or 10, and copy it to C:, depending on my preferred location.

Is that how it works?

If I copied it to the 10 system partition, would that result in me having the 10 menu regardless of the OS I select as default?

Presumably I could use EasyBCD to revert my changes and/or select the other location at some point in the future(?)

Let me know if I'm talking out of the wrong orifice here :>)

Regarding the 'small' box, here's an extended screenshot to show the entire EFI partition label:


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Macrium Reflect Recovery Boot Menu entries-efi_partition28-02-16.png  
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28 Feb 2016   #13
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

@DavidE

Yes, I did that, and I can see it would be an issue if that disk failed.
I haven't invested my whole world in the W10 install, so would you advise wiping the drive and reinstalling with the other disks disconnected?

I assume I could use EasyBCD to deal with the dual booting issue once the reinstallation had been done(?).

How would that affect my W10 Users folder on Disk 1? I imagine I'd have to move all the data off that partition, run the sysprep routine as per kari's tutorial (at install-method 1, or after-method 2) and copy personal data back once those folders had been re-established.

Thanks for the warning.
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28 Feb 2016   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

That's a tough call, i don't know if there's a right or wrong answer for everyone with every scenario.
I see Pro's and Con's with each, and i think it's a personal preference for some of this.

If you are happy with your current setup, and it does what you need, i suggest using it as-is.

You are now aware of the risk in losing both OS's if Disk 0 crashes, so make sure you can boot from Rescue Media, so you can recover/restore if needed.

imho, it would be a lot of "iffy" changes now to reinstall Win 10 considering moving/copying personal W10 user data, sysprep, etc.
I haven't done that, and it would take me a lot of time to verify everything if i did, so is it worth it ?
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28 Feb 2016   #15
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Another warning, your Disk 1 has 4 Primary partitions.

If that disk is initialized as MBR that's the max number of partitions it can have before converting to Dynamic for more partitions.
If you try to create a new partition on that drive don't let it convert to Dynamic, that could cause problems.
You can have 4 Primary, or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical on a MBR initialized disk.

If it's initialized as GPT, the rules are different.
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29 Feb 2016   #16
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Another warning, your Disk 1 has 4 Primary partitions.

If that disk is initialized as MBR that's the max number of partitions it can have before converting to Dynamic for more partitions.
If you try to create a new partition on that drive don't let it convert to Dynamic, that could cause problems.
You can have 4 Primary, or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical on a MBR initialized disk.

If it's initialized as GPT, the rules are different.
Yes, it's MBR, a disk that went back to late XP days, and one I'll probably replace with a vast terror-bitten chimera drive subjected to GPT partitioning. That'll give me the opportunity to indulge in more sysprepping activity when I'm feeling particularly masochistic.

There are four primary partitions for the reason you alluded to above, a lesson learnt during the XP era.
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29 Feb 2016   #17
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
That's a tough call, i don't know if there's a right or wrong answer for everyone with every scenario.
I see Pro's and Con's with each, and i think it's a personal preference for some of this.

If you are happy with your current setup, and it does what you need, i suggest using it as-is.

You are now aware of the risk in losing both OS's if Disk 0 crashes, so make sure you can boot from Rescue Media, so you can recover/restore if needed.

imho, it would be a lot of "iffy" changes now to reinstall Win 10 considering moving/copying personal W10 user data, sysprep, etc.
I haven't done that, and it would take me a lot of time to verify everything if i did, so is it worth it ?
Well, I'm never completely happy with any current setup, and there are things I'd change if/when doing a new installation. I do everything I want/need to on 7; the idea is to familiarize myself with 10 so that by the time 7 becomes essentially obsolete (critical updates etc.) in 2020, I won't need it for anything but sentimental software reasons. 10 is, for me at present, an experimental plaything, and I enjoy the research into strategies and techniques for achieving things about which I know little or nothing, just to be perverse :}

I should also remind myself that moving the Users folder to another disk/partition would be done after installation, given that I intend to disconnect the other drives, though I am curious about completing it 'audit mode'.

David: on that subject (disconnecting drives), I'm tempted to disable the drives in the (entity that used to be known as) BIOS, rather than physically removing the power and/or data cables. Is that something you'd recommend?
(I suspect the answer is probably 'no', but then I never thought I'd see BBC News quoting Twitter as a credible source).
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29 Feb 2016   #18
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Personally when win-10 testing started or at least soon after I decided to use one of these to dual boot
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories
And have never had an issue since
I also found out sharing drives is not a good idea either
Windows 10 fast start can be problematic with other drives.
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29 Feb 2016   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by omnescient View Post
David: on that subject (disconnecting drives), I'm tempted to disable the drives in the (entity that used to be known as) BIOS, rather than physically removing the power and/or data cables. Is that something you'd recommend?
(I suspect the answer is probably 'no', but then I never thought I'd see BBC News quoting Twitter as a credible source).
I've never disabled drives in BIOS, so i don't know.
If you can disable individual drives, you could try it and see how it works.
Just make sure you keep notes of what you change so you can change it back.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Personally when win-10 testing started or at least soon after I decided to use one of these to dual boot
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories
And have never had an issue since
I also found out sharing drives is not a good idea either
Windows 10 fast start can be problematic with other drives.
I agree, Windows 10 fast start can be problematic with other drives (OS), i learned the hard way
I use a similar tray device but they are for a single 3.5 drive.
I got them mainly for "offline" Backup drives, but i do have a W10 Insider Fast Ring OS on a drive that i use occasionally in the tray.
I do share drives and partitions with multiple OS's, and so far it works well for me, other than the W10 Fast Startup issue.
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29 Feb 2016   #20
omnescient

Windows 7 Pro x64/10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Personally when win-10 testing started or at least soon after I decided to use one of these to dual boot :)
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories
And have never had an issue since
I also found out sharing drives is not a good idea either
Windows 10 fast start can be problematic with other drives.
Yes, I did look at a similar swap bay on Amazon UK: Akasa AK-IEN-03 Lokstor M21 2.5 inch 2 Bay Mobile Rack: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories I've never used one, but I can see that it's a useful device. I don't have a 3.5in external faced bay in my case, but I guess there are ways round that situation.

Since I installed W10, I've moved the 10 Users folder to one partition on the data disk, and have always had the W7 'libraries' (Documents, Pictures, Music & stuff) on another, and so far I haven't encountered any issues. However, I don't think I'd feel comfortable with a set up that had 2+ system and data storage partitions on one physical drive, especially where 10 is concerned.

Disabling fast startup was the first thing I did after 10 was installed.

Thanks for that drive bay ref--it's something I'll consider if/when unnatural disaster strikes, or even if everything goes well and boredom set in :>}
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