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Windows 7: booting into image problem

21 Feb 2011   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Glad you solved your problem.
To clear confusion for others. Every HDD has an MBR on the physical first 512 bytes of the drive - nowhere else. It provides a number of functions from basic partition table information for data disks to full first stage boot information for boot disks. See a description of the windows boot process.
Running the Windows repairx3 fixes the key boot elements MBR, PBR/bootsector, BCD.

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22 Feb 2011   #12

windows 7 ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Good to see you got the boot-up issue sorted; have you been able to tell them apart yet?
I think I figured out which drive is which in the BIOS boot order - just a case of unplugging one at a time and seeing how it affects the BIOS.

That thing with windows thinking I'm running it from another drive is a bit wierd - I checked by adding a new file to my desktop and then going into each drive to see where it is and it's definately not on the one where the flag is. Strange, but that's how it is.
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22 Feb 2011   #13

windows 7 ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Glad it helped.

You can use Windows Live Sync to sync G to C in place of backup, even synching both to Windows free Skydrive as an off-site backup.
I didn't know that even existed - I'll be giving that a go. I was wondering if it would be better to have windows running on a separate HDD to all my data files (in terms of performance). any idea if that is a better way of doing things?
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22 Feb 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP


One way separating the data to it's own drive is better is that it keeps the backup image more compact with only OS and Programs, so that if WIn7 becomes irreparable you can reimage OS/Programs and data will be waiting and current in its own separate partition "vault." It still needs to be backed up though.

But if you are keeping a backup clone of your System HD, then you have full redundancy so this isn't really necessary.

You can try it to see if you like the arrangement, though: User Folders - Change Default Location
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