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Windows 7: Installed 7 Home Prm on Del with 2 Drives. How do I clean off D Drive?

07 Dec 2013   #11


Will Disk Mgmt allow you to mark C Active?

If not power down to go ahead and unplug D drive, swap its cable to C drive which should also set it to boot first.

Then boot the Win7 DVD, press Shift + F10 at first screen to Mark C Partition Active using Method 2 (Diskpart).

Then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

The reason to do these extra steps is because EasyBCD will not replace the Repair My Computer console on F8 Advanced Boot Options which means that if you are without your disk and Win7 suddenly won't start, you'll not be able to repair it.

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07 Dec 2013   #12

Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium

Ok, its been a long day and I'm ready to quit for the day. So far, I have created a Startup Repair disk which I have had to use several times. I have down loaded Partition Wizard and EasyBCD.

My problem is this. It seems that no matter how I change D to Inactive, either with Diskpart or PW, I am not longer able to boot and have to run Startup repair. I have run EasyBCD and that seemed to make no difference at all. If D is Inactive, she will not boot. After I run Startup Repair, D goes back to being (System and Active). Therefor, I cannot format it. What am I doing wrong?
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07 Dec 2013   #13

Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium

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07 Dec 2013   #14
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As long as you don't copy the bootmgr from D to C (or create a new bootmgr on C and make that active), you will need D for booting. Making D inactive is counterproductive because the BIOS cannot find the pointer to the bootmgr in the MBR.
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07 Dec 2013   #15


Before formatting D you need to move the System Boot files to C, to make sure they will move before wiping the HD which is booting them. Are you following the steps I gave you earlier to do this before they were contradicted? These steps have worked tens of thousands of times since we developed them here during Win7 beta.

Mark the Win7 partition Active, using Diskpart if Disk Mgmt or Partition Wizard will not do so. Mark Partition Active

Power down to unplug D HD, swap its cable to C HD so it is in the preferred DIsk0 position which is already booting first. Then boot Win7 disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times

Once Win7 starts on C then you can power down to plug back in D HD to the old C HD cable, mark it Inactive so it will delete in Disk Mgmt along with the other small partitions on the HD, then repartition as needed. If necessary wipe HD with Diskpart Clean Command

If any of this fails report back when, any error message or exact failure. There are workarounds but they must be sequenced correctly.
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08 Dec 2013   #16

Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium

Greg, I tried the easy solution and it did not work for me. I spent a little bit of time looking at the cables to the hard drives today and I think I am ready to give your plan a try. First, I have a couple of questions.

Looking at the instructions for the 'Startup Repair - Run 3 Seperate Times', since I have a Startup Repair disk, I think that I should be using option two. Since you recommend that I start out with PW to change my D drive to inactive and the C drive to active and then disconnect the D drive and make C Disk0, does that negate the need to run step 1 & 2 in option two?

Also, do I need to do anything with EasyBCD during this or after?

I noticed that you mention to change the Bios to boot to the first HD. I cannot find any option in my Bios to select which drive is the boot drive. I can select what type of drive is first and second but not which Sata drive is first or second. Do more current Bios's have this as an option? I assume that this old Bios just doesn't have that option. My Bios is from Dell and is A03 (10/11/04). If your suggestion works, I assume that there is no need to think about upgrading it.

Thanks for your help.
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08 Dec 2013   #17


If you swap the Disk0 cable to the WIn7 drive then it will be set first to boot, since we know that the System partition currently booting Win7 is currently on Disk0 so we know it is set first to boot.

If you use PW to Mark C Partition Active then you can skip to running the three Startup Repairs from disk. If you still have PW available (or made its boot disk) try also running Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR - Video Help after marking Active, before powering down to boot the WIn7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repairs.

Once Win7 starts, plug back in the other HDD to DIsk1 cable, mark it Inactive if you haven't already, then when ready after backing up all files, delete all partitions to repartition in Disk Mgmt.
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09 Dec 2013   #18

Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium

Ok, mostly good news, I think. I did your suggestion. Everything seems to have gone OK. I am now boot on C. It no longer does the dual boot. I have reformated D. It is clean now. Everything was looking great until my last boot and ready to get on with life and then another problem.

Now, explorer does not show my files on C and I ammissing several desktop short cuts. The files are still there on C but I can't see them. I can start up programs and open up recent files. Any suggestions on this?
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09 Dec 2013   #19


There is no way that moving the boot files could have affected your own files in any way.

The only way deleting D could have caused this is if those files resided on D and were only shortcuts on C. If not then the files are there.

Do a search in the Start search box for a missing file, rightclick the result to open File location to see where it is actually located. Otherwise rightclick to choose Properties to find its location.

I would also scan C with Malwarebytes to eliminate the possibility of infection, then run SFC /SCANNOW Command to see if System files are damaged.

I would also set up Windows Backup to back up your files and a system image to the other HD Backup User and System Files , or use a modern cloud backup method like this one which can also Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums
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09 Dec 2013   #20

Windows 7 32 bit Home Premium

Forget that last part. I don't know just what happened but I kept on poking around in explorer and all of my files showed up and my missing shortcuts. That problem seems to be over.

I think we can declare this problem solved. I sure do appreciate your help. Solving this problem has been above my experience level but with your help, I got it done.
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 Installed 7 Home Prm on Del with 2 Drives. How do I clean off D Drive?

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