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Windows 7: can i format my drive containing vista now ??

25 Jul 2009   #11
bankerrahul

Windows 7 ultimate 7260 x32
 
 

if not...how to do that ??


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25 Jul 2009   #12
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bankerrahul View Post
if not...how to do that ??
Hi,

There's is two things you definitely have to check before you go ahead with formatting the C: !!

You have to check in diskmanagement or acronis etc... which drive is active.

And more importantly where are the windows boot files?!!

Put your system to show hidden and system files, and look for the "ntldr" and the "ntdetect.com".
The bootsqm.dat (bootorder file) could be on the other partition.

If the ntldr and ntdetect.com are on the C:, formatting it would also kill your windows 7.

Then you have to copy those two files to your Win7 drive (along with the bootsqm.dat)
Then you have to get a partioner like acronis disk director or any other partioner to set the drive to active.

So be very carefull what you do.

Backup you important stuff first. And don't forget your favourites, your emailaccounts and addressbook, files saved to the desktop, etc.

People tend to forget those.

Good luck
When you
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25 Jul 2009   #13
bankerrahul

Windows 7 ultimate 7260 x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Hi,

There's is two things you definitely have to check before you go ahead with formatting the C: !!

You have to check in diskmanagement or acronis etc... which drive is active.

And more importantly where are the windows boot files?!!

Put your system to show hidden and system files, and look for the "ntldr" and the "ntdetect.com".
The bootsqm.dat (bootorder file) could be on the other partition.

If the ntldr and ntdetect.com are on the C:, formatting it would also kill your windows 7.

Then you have to copy those two files to your Win7 drive (along with the bootsqm.dat)
Then you have to get a partioner like acronis disk director or any other partioner to set the drive to active.

So be very carefull what you do.

Backup you important stuff first. And don't forget your favourites, your emailaccounts and addressbook, files saved to the desktop, etc.

People tend to forget those.

Good luck
When you
thanks so much for a helpful information...but can you tell me where will i find those boot files ?? i mean in which folder will i get those files ??
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25 Jul 2009   #14
go away

window 7
 
 

if u format by using boot able disk it will be deleted for your boot screen . dont fear just try on your own, if u make a mistake also u will learn some thing from that. good luck.....................
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25 Jul 2009   #15
bankerrahul

Windows 7 ultimate 7260 x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by go away View Post
if u format by using boot able disk it will be deleted for your boot screen . dont fear just try on your own, if u make a mistake also u will learn some thing from that. good luck.....................
sorry dude...but my dvd drive is not working
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25 Jul 2009   #16
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bankerrahul View Post
thanks so much for a helpful information...but can you tell me where will i find those boot files ?? i mean in which folder will i get those files ??
Bootfiles are always in the root of the drive, never in a folder.

Example: C:\ntdlr or D:\ntdlr

I have to add that if you are not sure of what you are doing, don't do it!

You can mess things up pretty bad.

Ask for a more technical friend in your neighbourhood to help you.

Good luck
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25 Jul 2009   #17
go away

window 7
 
 

i think u should make your DVD drive ok then you should
do all your works.....
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25 Jul 2009   #18
jasjeet

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Bootfiles are always in the root of the drive, never in a folder.

Example: C:\ntdlr or D:\ntdlr

I have to add that if you are not sure of what you are doing, don't do it!

You can mess things up pretty bad.

Ask for a more technical friend in your neighbourhood to help you.

Good luck

cant you just repair 7 afterwards, im sure thats what i did last time i removed vista from the dualboot.
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25 Jul 2009   #19
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bankerrahul View Post
and one more question...if i format c drive directly...will it be also deleted from the os selection boot menu ???
Yes, as long as the mbr is changed.

~Lordbob
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25 Jul 2009   #20
sjaak327

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jasjeet View Post
cant you just repair 7 afterwards, im sure thats what i did last time i removed vista from the dualboot.

yeah you can very easily, but you need the DVD, and the OP doesn't have a working DVD, another thing that might work in this case is Vistape, which is basically vista on a stick, that can be used to repair a system in this way, of course to create it you need either a Vista DVD or... the Vista Waik, which you can download as iso from Microsoft free of charge.

VistaPE


Anyway to quickly indentify the drive that has the boot partition, simple do the following:

go to start menu, and enter the following in the search pane:

diskmgmt.msc and press enter

This will get you the disk management mmc console, the partition that has the boot files + menu, will be labeled boot.

I am a bit surprised that until squonksc nobody mentioned the boot files, as the chance that they are on the Vista partition is great, since I asssume vista was installed first.
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