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Windows 7: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

29 Oct 2014   #90
gregrocker

 

Did you remove disk or stick?

What choices are shown in msconfig Boot tab?

There should be no Boot menu if all partitions were deleted. But sometimes it requires wiping all Boot code with Clean command.


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29 Oct 2014   #91
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Startup is good and shows Normal again and win-7 as the only os
But at first start and restart it shows a black screen with Acer and F1 and F12 across the bottom this is the I thought unnecessary part ?
I also thought this is what this tutorial was to remove :/
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29 Oct 2014   #92
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Here's a shot;
Attachment 338723
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29 Oct 2014   #93
gregrocker

 

No that is the inevitable BIOS splash screen.
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29 Oct 2014   #94
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Okay yep that's the annoying one
Looks as though Acer has it's hooks even though there's nothing to be seen of Acer anywhere but there :/
Cheers.
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21 Nov 2014   #95
jm44jg39

windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi,
Quick question. I have 3 SSD's, Win 7 64 bit, Win 8.1 pro and a Win TP installation. My computer wants to boot off the Win tp ssd. When I installed each OS on its' own ssd, I unplugged the other two ssd's. Each ssd has a "Sys Reserve" partition. My question is: In performing the procedure described here to switch boot drives (I want my Ssd with Win 7 to be the "active" boot drive) do I uninstall/remove the "Sys reserve" partition? Or does Easy BCD overwrite the exsisting "Sys reserve" partitions? Thanks for a great tutorial.
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21 Nov 2014   #96
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With this procedure the sys reserved partition is deactivated and C is activated (bootmgr copied). Other than that, the sys reserved is untouched. You could always reactivate it later.
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18 Dec 2014   #97
MoonWatch

Windows Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

My PC is set up with a drive for Windows 7 and applications, and a RAID 1 array with 1TB capacity for data. One of the RAID drives failed recently, and I decided to change the RAID to 3TB drives as the remaining drive is six years old and nearly full. I copied the data to my NAS and used Intel Matrix Storage Manager to set the RAID drives to non-RAID so as to preserve the data on the working drive in the event I might need it. I figured copying files to the new RAID array from the NAS at my leisure would allow me to restructure my data and save me a lot of steps involved in using IMSM to rebuild the RAID data to larger drives.

Nice plan, but I couldn't boot afterward. I looked around in the BIOS but don't know enough about it to be comfortable changing anything, and nothing else I tried helped. I took the PC to the local Micro Center where a tech found that Bootmgr is on the old RAID drive. He set the BIOS to reflect that and got the machine to boot. I asked about moving Bootmgr to the C: drive but he didn't think that was possible without all sorts of hassle. Piffle, I thought, I'm sure it can be done. A Google search led me to some pretty gnarly methods, but I eventually found my way here.

Having read through the thread, I'm pretty sure using EasyBCD will be straightforward in my case. But I thought my original plan wouldn't be any problem, either. Since I only have one PC here and would find it highly inconvenient if I had to use my phone to access the thread in case of further trouble, I'd like to ensure success as best I can. Here's my Disk Management info:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD-dm_img1.jpg

Disk 0 [D:] is the old RAID member and Disk 1 [C:] is my Windows disk. There is only one partition on each, so there doesn't seem to me to be anything there to trip up EasyBCD. If I have to update the BIOS to point to C: as the boot drive, I can do that. Is there anything else I want to know before starting?

Also, I now see that I should create an image of C: on my NAS. Any suggestions as to how to best do that?


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18 Dec 2014   #98
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you follow the tutorial, it should fix your predicament. Then make sure that disk1 is first in the BIOS boot order.

For imaging, see here: Imaging with free Macrium
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19 Dec 2014   #99
MoonWatch

Windows Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

EasyBCD worked a treat! Thanks, whs - that's about the simplest thing I've ever had to do while configuring Windows.

Unfortunately, Windows thinks my new 3TB drives have only 746GB capacity. Oddly, the ROM-based Intel Matrix Storage Manager that pops up during the boot process shows the 746GB capacities while the IMSM Windows application gives me the true disk sizes. But when creating a RAID array, the Windows app offers the smaller size as the maximum. Moomph.

Ah well. I'm sure I'm not the first one to see this problem. I'll search the forums for an answer. Suggestions welcome.
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