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

13 Jun 2012   #40
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Before you do anything, check which partition is the active partition. It can be C or D. If it is D, no need to move the bootmgr.

For any further discussion I suggest you post a picture of your Disk Management.

Other than that, your logic sounds OK. Just make sure you image the XP and data partitions before you do anything. Losing a partition is easy and has happened to the best of us.


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13 Jun 2012   #41
ciarals

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

What program do you think is best for imaging a partition? Possibly free.

Thanks again.
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13 Jun 2012   #42
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Most people here use free Macrium. I have made a tutorial which also comprises a download link of the WinPE CD (saves you at least 2 hours) and a tutorial by Keith (Kado) that shows the recovery procedure. Imaging with free Macrium

Note that free Macrium can be used for XP, Vista and Windows7 - and any data partition. There is no real difference.
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13 Jun 2012   #43
ciarals

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I'll a post an image of Disk Management as soon as I have it, to be sure about the whole thing.
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13 Jun 2012   #44
ciarals

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Another question: after formatting C, the change of drive letter from D to C will mess up the OS? I mean, links, programs, etc...?
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13 Jun 2012   #45
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciarals View Post
Another question: after formatting C, the change of drive letter from D to C will mess up the OS? I mean, links, programs, etc...?
There is no problem as long as you do not change the drive letters yourself. Normally, the active system will always assume the letter 'C' automatically.
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13 Jun 2012   #46
ciarals

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here's the Disk Management screenshot.

The screenshot is in italian, but I can translate it to you.

- Hard Drive G (DATA) is marked as Healthy.
- PQSERVICE is marked as Healthy and Unknown Partition: I don't know what this partition is.
- Hard Drive C (VISTA) is marked as Healthy and System
- Hard Drive D (WINXP) is marked as Healthy and Boot
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13 Jun 2012   #47
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, hard to tell.

PQSERVICE seems to be the recovery partition.

What is not clear whether C or D is the 'active' partition. 'Active' means that it contains the bootmgr.
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13 Jun 2012   #48
ciarals

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for your answer. I know what you're saying and I don't know why there isn't "Active".
I just can remember you that this screenshot was made with WinXP: maybe in that OS "Active" wasn't used... Or it has been mis-translated (very common). Any other program can make us sure of which is the active partition? Maybe I can use Vista Disk Management tool?
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13 Jun 2012   #49
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard (last entry on the page). That is anyhow a very useful program to have around. Just burn it to CD and run it from CD (change the BIOS boot sequence).
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