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Windows 7: Formatting hard drive containing old OS

29 Jun 2009   #21
antalgebra

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

ok, (sorry) finally expanded the above pic, and gave the info I needed. Its a little off the edge, but it looks like your system partition is 100MB, regardless of where it lies, deleting the vista partition will NOT touch these boot records.

Again, we aren't formatting a drive here... were deleting partitions, and in no way is Win7 relient on Vista pt. Reiterating, IF im absolutely wrong (I can guarentee this isen't the case) and you can't boot, then just run quick recovery, it will re-create the 100/200/500MB partition and re-write the boot file, and your good to go anywayz.


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29 Jun 2009   #22
antalgebra

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Here's the screebshot of Colonel's Disk Management:

http://g.imagehost.org/0602/disk_mgmt_screenshot.jpg

Gottit. 101GB, system partition. thanks, now im up to speed. Why wont running the recovery consol work?? He can even do it before he deletes Vista?
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29 Jun 2009   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The 7 recovery functions will report nothing wrong if he runs it now.

There is nothing wrong - all the boot files and bcd entries are where they need to be - with the current HD and o/s arrangement.

They are not where Colonel would like them to be.

NH had an interesting idea - not sure how he could boot into 7 to run the upgrade install - after detaching the Vista HD? If he detaches the Vista HD - he can't boot into 7 at all.
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29 Jun 2009   #24
antalgebra

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

gottit. makes sense. I do understand your concern to delete the partition right away, the floor is yours.
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29 Jun 2009   #25
Night Hawk

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

The 7 installation on the second drive added into the laptop can be made bootable by simply following the method I outlined. I've done that a few times here already where the second(64bit) 7 installation went onto the next 500gb(first of a pair same model) with the 32bit 7 on the next. All three were a triple boot from the host drive.

From there the pair having the 2nd 64bit and the 32bit 7 were turned into an array for the 64bit. It still could be booted from the host since those entries were left intact from unplugging 3 out of the 5 drives.

Later when breaking the array up the 32bit reinstalled with the rest unplugged again and later that unplugged to wipe the first of the pair for the 64bit and install a second copy of the 64bit there all three were are still seen in the host install boot options and load. Likewise with the second drive by itself the upgrade of the 7 installation there will make that drive bootable, repair the 7 installation, and still load once the Vista host is replugged.

For simply trying to copy all programs folders over from the second to the first once Vista was wiped clean simply won't work! A clean install of 7 there still means a clean install of just about every program with the exceptions I pointed out before. If you want to wipe the Vista drive repair the 7 install with that unplugged and make that the new default boot device where the old Vista drive makes for a storage drive!
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29 Jun 2009   #26
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

How is that going to work with an Extended partition ?

It can be a Boot partion ( it already is ).

It can't be a System partition.
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29 Jun 2009   #27
Night Hawk

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

Now you see why the only thing that will work is a clean install on a fresh primary. But the question remains as to how 7 was able to be installed onto an extende partition to begin with since Windows installer itself mandates a primary type?

Otherwise the installation never would have been seen having stalled as soon as that partition was selected.The primary would have had to have been converted some how from primary to the extended type after 7 was already on which still doesn't happen!
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29 Jun 2009   #28
infernalcolonel

windows 7 rc1
 
 

Hrm...

Yeah, to be honest, I don't really care if 7 is on the other HDD or not...as long as the computer treats it like it's the main drive with none of the crap I'm dealing with now. Of course, not reinstalling 7 is a big plus, if that's what leaving it on this drive means.

If it matters...for some reason my laptop came with 2 different drive brands: Toshiba and Hitachi. I have no idea why...could that be a reason it's set up like it is with the "extended" partition?

And if that's true about being able to use my key for the x64 version, then HELL YEAH! I'll just reinstall it later I suppose, so I guess a clean wipe would be the best option.

So do you need me to give you some info out of disk management, or was the image re-posted by SIW2 adequate, antalgebra? I still have no idea what step I need to take next. Is it GParted?

Thanks, you guys rock.
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29 Jun 2009   #29
infernalcolonel

windows 7 rc1
 
 

OK, so...umm...

Hmm. I downloaded BCDeditor, although I'm not sure what to do with it. So basically is my only option to boot up with the 7 DVD, format the drive Vista is on, and install 7 there, then subsequently delete the 7 installation I'm using now? Is there no way at all to change the 7 drive type to Primary? That sucks if so, although if that's what I have to do, I'll do it.

Or...I suppose I could just download the .iso for Vista Home Premium x64 (I think the discs contain all versions anyway), and just do a fresh install on the old drive, leaving 7 on the new drive? Then it wouldn't even matter, right? The only difference would be the absence of Toshiba software (BOO freakin HOO) and the possible need to download some drivers from toshiba.com.

Is that probably a better option?

I just know that when 7 goes gold, I'll probably axe Vista for good. There's really no need for me to use it at all, so installing Vista seems silly. Especially since I can get more storage out of the drive without it (and possibly stripe the 2 drives together? ... they are different models, remember).

Thanks again.
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30 Jun 2009   #30
Night Hawk

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

With two different hard drives you have to decide just what you want to see. From the screenshot posted earlier there's nothing indicating that the second drive has an extended partition on it to begin with! Istead you see "healthy, boot, page file, Active, Crash Dump, Logical Drive"!

Well let's have a look at how things look in the DM for multiple 7 installlations where each drive especially paying attention to the first host drive seeing the exact same thing there. For some reason I can't figure out why a repair install with the Vista drive out of the equation during the repair wouldn't see the second drive become your new OS drive.

And whatever you decide to do with the first drive there is either leave it intact to preserve the present installation while still under warranty or seeing a full drive wipe in order to try out the 64bit 7 if you are running the 32bit on the second drive is still your decision there.

A simple boot from the Vista recovery disk or GParted live cd can easily see the Vista drive reformatted by the Vista drive tools or a simple right click on the primary while booted live in GParted and selecting NTFS from the choices of different file systems.

Personally replacing the former XP/Vista dual boot to now run the new XP mode and Vista installed on a vhd to leave the rest open for 7 and storage was the best thing to come along here in a long time!


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