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Windows 7: Windows 7 / XP install

19 Apr 2010   #1
hovdog

Windows 7 / XP
 
 
Windows 7 / XP install

I just purchased a second hard drive and installed Windows 7 to it.

Thing is I wanted to get rid of the XP install on my original HDD.

Before trying to delete it, I simply unplugged the HDD to see if my computer would boot Windows 7

Which it didn't....then I plugged the XP HDD back in, and still nothing

it just hangs at the black screen with the blinking cursor....any help? I'm desperate....


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19 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome to SF!

That is very easy to fix. Disconnect the XP drive, and run a startup repair.

I can almost guarantee that will work. If not, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.
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19 Apr 2010   #3
hovdog

Windows 7 / XP
 
 

will this affect any files i already have? I installed a few days ago and migrated many files already.

Also....any idea WHY this happened? I simply unplugged the XP HDD
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19 Apr 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No, it will not affect your files at all.

It happened because the boot loader is installed on the XP drive, and without it, Windows doesn't know how to boot.

A startup repair will automatically write a new boot loader to the Windows 7 drive. If it doesn't work, we can manually write a new boot loader using some commands from a command prompt.

If you ever want to connect your XP drive again, as storage, make sure to set the 7 drive to be the first in the boot order, in your BIOS, before you try to boot.
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19 Apr 2010   #5
hovdog

Windows 7 / XP
 
 

no dice....
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19 Apr 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

All right, boot up XP or Windows 7 and check out your disk management. Could you please post a screenshot?
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19 Apr 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello hovdog, welcome to Seven Forums!



Plug the XP HDD in and try the repair on Seven again, if that works we can go from there.
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19 Apr 2010   #8
hovdog

Windows 7 / XP
 
 

i ran the startup repair....and it restarted now it hangs on the press any key to boot from cd or DVD....

should i have taken out the DVD before restarting?
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19 Apr 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

We do need your disk management screenshot. See my last post above.
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19 Apr 2010   #10
hovdog

Windows 7 / XP
 
 

how do i find disk management?
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