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Windows 7: system reserved HDD

22 Nov 2010   #11
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Alston518, welcome to Seven Forums!



So we know what we are suggesting for you to do please post a snip of disk management for us to look at; in the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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22 Nov 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Alston518, welcome to Seven Forums!



So we know what we are suggesting for you to do please post a snip of disk management for us to look at; in the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums
i am not home now, therefore i cannot do this, will have to wait till later, but i am going to try some of the suggestions that i received


Then I suggest you look at THIS before you do.
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22 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your 1TB drive is probably on mobo Port 0 or at a lower port than the 640GB drive. In that case the installer puts the active partition on the first drive it finds - go figure (and possibly hides it). Now you have a variety of options:

1. Move the MBR to the 640GB HDD - there are tuts on this site
2. Install 7 on the 1TB HDD and delete it from the 640 HDD
3. Switch the 640 HDD mobo wire with that of the 1TB wire and reinstall on the 640 HDD
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22 Nov 2010   #14
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Your 1TB drive is probably on mobo Port 0 or at a lower port than the 640GB drive. In that case the installer puts the active partition on the first drive it finds - go figure (and possibly hides it). Now you have a variety of options:

1. Move the MBR to the 640GB HDD - there are tuts on this site
2. Install 7 on the 1TB HDD and delete it from the 640 HDD
3. Switch the 640 HDD mobo wire with that of the 1TB wire and reinstall on the 640 HDD
yes you are right, my 1tb drive says drive 0 i think and the other 640 gb one is drive 1, but can you be a little more descriptive on your instructions? im a little confused what you are saying to do, thank you
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22 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do you have a partition that is marked as Active on the 1TB drive? Is that a 100MB partition? Have a look in Disk Management.
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22 Nov 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Alston518, welcome to Seven Forums!



So we know what we are suggesting for you to do please post a snip of disk management for us to look at; in the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums
i am not home now, therefore i cannot do this, will have to wait till later, but i am going to try some of the suggestions that i received


Then I suggest you look at THIS before you do.
I posted instructions for you to see what is marked active.
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23 Nov 2010   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Alston518,

Bill2, whs and Bare Foot Kid are suggesting the same thing, which I agree with.

It appears that your system reserved, which should be 100MB and holds the OS boot files, somehow got on the 1TB drive while your OS is on the 640GB drive.

BFKs link to another post explains how to do this, the links to the tutorials will explain it even further.


Click on this link to see the original post, below.
Weird 'reboot and select proper boot device' problem!!!

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Hello lordbob24, welcome to Seven Forums!

First disconnect all Hard Disk Drives (HDD) except the one Windows is installed to, then boot to diskpart to see if the Windows partition is marked as "Active" if it is then do the 3 separated startup repairs out-lined in this tutorial at the link below.

If not use Step Two # 1 to mark it active then do the startup repairs to get Windows booting again.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
click to enlarge
Attachment 116546

See the above post to view the attachment.


Let us know if you have any other questions.
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23 Nov 2010   #18
Alston518

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

i have been looking more and more into this issue. I just started using this computer, so i will not have really anything that i need to back up. Can i just wipe both hdds and start from scratch. Like just delete everything and then re insall windows? Would that be the smart thing to do?
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23 Nov 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes it would, power down the PC and disconnect all the HDD(s) except the one you want to install Windows 7 to and do the 'clean all' then use Step Two #2 to create a single 100GB partition to install Windows 7 to and after Windows is booting good reconnect the other HDD(s) to the motherboard.

If you want to add the "System Reserved" partition use Step Two #3 for the create.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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23 Nov 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alston518 View Post
i have been looking more and more into this issue. I just started using this computer, so i will not have really anything that i need to back up. Can i just wipe both hdds and start from scratch. Like just delete everything and then re insall windows? Would that be the smart thing to do?
Yes you can do that. I would call it the "brutal way". But why don't you first try to fix it with BFK's tutorials. The advantage is that you will learn something and if it does not work, you can still go the brutal way.

Btw: if you reinstall, you might want to first define an active partition on the disk where you want to install. You can use the bootable Partition Wizard CD for that (Option1, Step2 in the tutorial). Then you install Win7 into that partition and the installer will not define the 100MB partition. Your MBR will then be on this OS partition.
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