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Windows 7: Move Windows 7 to another disk

03 Mar 2011   #31
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

This looks promising, we'll see after the install though I did get the dialog box that Windows may create additional partitions for the install.
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03 Mar 2011   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

No dice, it gave the one I created a drive letter I'm going to remove and created one on Disk 0

I have one more thing to try, I'll be back.
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03 Mar 2011   #33
gregrocker

 

If WinRE won't see the installation to repair, and both bootrec.exe /fixboot and /fixmbr won't jumpstart it to appear with either the 100mb or the Win7 OS partitions marked Active (try both) then this may not be salvageable.

If you need to copy out your files you can use the Load Drivers mini-explorer on the DVD or Repair CD.

As a last resort I would try to SysPrep the original Win7 HD, after reapplying the image to it if necessary. This will remove the Disk Signature which as Michael explained is likely conflicting . Then you can capture your image and reimage to DISK1, mark Active and run Repairs hopefully without interference.

( Ted can u post up Kari's Move OS to another Drive Sysprep tutorial as I am in DFW airport and linkless.)


It appears you are eager to learn, and this is some of the most advanced stuff we do here.
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03 Mar 2011   #34
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Well it's not going to work.

I used Partition Wizard to wipe the Disk 0 SysResv and then used diskpart to mark it offline then tried the startup repairs and the first time it ran about 10 minutes then I got the "cannot repair" dialog box but I'm running it a second time though I'm not holding out much hope.

OK the second startup repair just error-d out the same as the first.

Sorry mate, I thought it would work.
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03 Mar 2011   #35
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

( Ted can u post up Kari's Move OS to another Drive Sysprep tutorial as I am in DFW airport and linkless.)

Sure thing mate.

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer


Here's Ray's "copy out" tutorial also.

How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista
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03 Mar 2011   #36
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liverpaul View Post
- From my backup image, I have recovered the OS to the other drive (2nd drive). Then I got boot up problems (wouldn't boot) so I used the Windows 7 DVD to System Repair. This allowed me to boot up, but it seems to have created a System reserved partition on the 1st drive (I want everything on the 2nd drive), and everything else seems to be on the other drive (1st drive).
Liverpaul,
At the risk of dragging out the pain...
Your 1st post suggests you have a valid image. I'd like to hear the results of your last strategy (post #26).
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03 Mar 2011   #37
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I thought perhaps I could out-smart it, I guess not.
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04 Mar 2011   #38
liverpaul

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If WinRE won't see the installation to repair, and both bootrec.exe /fixboot and /fixmbr won't jumpstart it to appear with either the 100mb or the Win7 OS partitions marked Active (try both) then this may not be salvageable.

If you need to copy out your files you can use the Load Drivers mini-explorer on the DVD or Repair CD.

As a last resort I would try to SysPrep the original Win7 HD, after reapplying the image to it if necessary. This will remove the Disk Signature which as Michael explained is likely conflicting . Then you can capture your image and reimage to DISK1, mark Active and run Repairs hopefully without interference.

( Ted can u post up Kari's Move OS to another Drive Sysprep tutorial as I am in DFW airport and linkless.)


It appears you are eager to learn, and this is some of the most advanced stuff we do here.
I might have a closer look at your SysPrep suggestion after I've finished my current effort (see my eventual next post in reply to mjf).
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04 Mar 2011   #39
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I was trying to work out a way for you to do a clean install with the old/bad Disk 0 still connected but I couldn't sort a method so far, if you can't find a way to disconnect the Disk 0 data cable from the motherboard; Sysprep does seem your best bet at this point.
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04 Mar 2011   #40
liverpaul

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by liverpaul View Post
- From my backup image, I have recovered the OS to the other drive (2nd drive). Then I got boot up problems (wouldn't boot) so I used the Windows 7 DVD to System Repair. This allowed me to boot up, but it seems to have created a System reserved partition on the 1st drive (I want everything on the 2nd drive), and everything else seems to be on the other drive (1st drive).
Liverpaul,
At the risk of dragging out the pain...
Your 1st post suggests you have a valid image. I'd like to hear the results of your last strategy (post #26).
Wiped disk 0 and disk 1.
Created 200mb active primary partition on disk 1.
Restored backup image to disk 1.
Failed to boot.
Used Windows DVD (bootrec stuff) - didn't work.

I gave up on this and tried something else:
Deleted all partitions on disk 0 and disk 1.
Did a clean install of Windows 7 to disk 1 - it works.
Then I used my backup image to recover Windows to disk 1 - it works, but not as I want it to. All my programs, settings, etc are back, but I still have my original problem of having my system partition (created by Windows) on disk 0 I want it on disk 1).
So basically I'm back to square 1

Now I am going to repeat the above steps and get everything back onto the failing disk (disk 0). From there I am thinking of making a new backup image and pay closer attention to what I am doing. Maybe a new and improved backup image of Windows on the disk where it was originally located (disk 0) will help my get closer to my ultimate goal of moving the whole lot to disk 1.

Phew!

Any feedback is always welcome. Feel free to use me as a guinea pig for any crazy suggestions you want to try out
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