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Windows 7: need to change my system volume to another disk

14 Sep 2010   #11

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I only have a 32bit system so can't zip it up and send it to you.

You need a 64bit system repair disc for a 64 bit system. The 32bit and 64 bit discs are not interchangeable.

One solution that may be feasible for you:

If you have a friend with a 64 bit system, go to his computer and use following to put system repair disc on a usb stick.

Putting a Win 7 System Repair Disc on a bootable USB consists of three steps:
1. Create a System Repair Disc
2. Prepare a USB stick
3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB

Step 1. Create a System Repair Disc
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

Step 2. Prepare a USB stick
The stick is prepared by running CMD.EXE as an administrator (also known as an elevated command prompt) and then using DiskPart to prepare the USB stick.

Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator
• WIN key
• Type CMD.EXE (do not hit Enter key)
• In the Programs list, Right-Click on CMD.EXE
• Click on Run as administrator
• YES button

Use DiskPart to prepare the USB Stick
• type DiskPart, Enter key
• type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, I’ll be using the numeral 2
• type Select disk 2, Enter key
• type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
• type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
• type Create Partition Primary, Enter key
This will create a primary partition
• type Format fs=ntfs, Enter key
This formats the partition using the ntfs format.
• type Assign, Enter key
This assigns the next available volume letter to the volume.
• type Active, Enter key
This marks the current partition as active. Verifies that partition is capable of being a bootable partition.
• type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the DiskPart program.
• type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the command shell.

Step 3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB stick
Insert the System Repair Disc in the CD/DVD drive.
Using Windows Explorer, copy the entire contents to the USB stick.

You now have a bootable System Repair Disc on a USB stick.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP


I linked the Repair CD in my first post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #13

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

somehow I manage to miss that. Thanks. That way he's got one step out of the way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Sep 2010   #14

windows 7 ultimate x64

i appreciate the help guys here is my current status

I managed to get a hold of external optical drive and burned a 64 bit windows 7 repair disk from my laptop.

I booted into repair cd and it said it found problems, fixed and restarted but i still have the same issue. I believe what it did was to fix the bcd on my external drive..

so my question is how can i move the bcd files from that external drive into my os drives (2 of em in raid0).

I also have all nigh for this so feel free to reply as often
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #15

windows 7 ultimate x64

sigh.. Im gonna burn win7 to a dvd with that external optical drive guys, im givin up.

I think the problem was when i made a partion on my external hdd to be bootable. I couldnt copy all the files from the iso. I forgot to show the hidin files from folder options.

Or. i used bootsec /nt60 f: command that probobly screwed it up. (f is my exernal drive)

any how. i got 2 ssd in raid 0 so win7 should install quicly back up
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #16
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

When booted live with a 7 repair cd or usb key you wouldn't have the external drive plugged in. For ISO images of the repair in case the external usb burner isn't availble you can always go to Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

You would want the OS array being the only present with a 7 install or know how to choose when first seeing the repair tools detect all installations present on the system. By simply unplugging any other drive that has seen any activiry you insure the rebuilding of a new BCD store is for the array only.

Without any other drives plugged in a good clean install should wrap things up quickly while the repair operation would simply save the need. Fortunately 7 goes on much faster then seen with all the previous versions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, open a Command Line to mark Win7 partition Active using DISKPART Commands given here: Partition - Mark as Active

Next using the same steps as above, mark the external HD Inactive.

Now power down, unplug external HD, set Win7 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup if not already, then boot back into DVD/repair CD, accept any offered repair. When this fails to start Win7, boot back in again to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums.URL

System Repair Disc - Create
Did you follow these steps exactly? It seems like you missed the step to unplug external HD during repair, just as you missed the link for System Repair Disk.

I do not believe the external USB install was your problem other than it was incorrectly marked active during install which is fixed by following all of the above steps. If you extracted the ISO then no files needed to be unhidden.

If you wil post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with the external HD connected we can confirm the problem and its solution. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #18
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

ImgBurn won't run on the 64bit Windows. Why people continue to point at that particular program is beyond me! 7 has native support included for buring iso images to disk seeing the Iso Recorder 3.1 burning screen appear. You simply right click on the iso image itself to see the option for burning it to disk.

Another free version of one program that will work well in the 64bit as well as 32bit Windows is called StarBurn found at :: RocketDivision :: CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD recording and mastering (see image below)

I've been using that one for all types of disk images even before Vista's release and it's generally reliable for each burn. As far as burn speeds I typically burn cds and dvds alike at 16x and still see working results. It depnads more on the media used in most cases when running into any repeat bad burns if the image is good.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #19

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Raid 0 is rather useless. It just an invitation for more problems.

Next and more important:

Please follow GregRocker's advice precisely, to the letter, dotting the i's and crossing the t's.

don't worry about whether the procedure makes sense or not. This is a tried, tested, and true procedure. If MS software was perfect, then the procedure would be shorter. But the procedure, as written, is marvelous.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2010   #20
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The first part was on the money for sure knowing that Raid 0 is an open invitation for headacbes in the long run. But that's also user preference there.

As for ImgBurn that has proven to fail after several attempts on different 64bit 7 installs since the 7 betas. It would run on the 32bit while you are running the 64bit and why the warning about running into immediate problems was given for that one.

As for the MS option to burn iso images to disk 7 is the first to see this type of support and as always will tend to have it's Pros and Cons. This is why the other burning program was advised having been run on everything from XP to present if you still need a program to burn iso images and free!
(Note full version always see all features available as usual)
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