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Windows 7: Win 7 - no disk error

07 Apr 2011   #1
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 
Win 7 - no disk error

I installed a second HDD and installed Win 7 onto it and then t/f all data from the original VISTA HDD over.

Been running just fine for a few months. Decided to remove the old VISTA drive and now I get "no disk" error when I boot

I assume that the boot files reside on the old VISTA drive as I used to get the boot manager screen asking which OS to boot.

What is the easiest way to make the Win 7 disk bootable now?

TIA


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07 Apr 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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07 Apr 2011   #3
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

The reason that happened is Windows, all versions, installs files on the first drive in the system no matter what drive you install the operating system to.
So when you installed the new drive, and it not being the first drive, and installed Win 7 on it Win 7 copied files to the drive that Vista was on, the first drive in the system. Once you removed that drive all the boot files were gone.

Not sure a repair install will fix this but it's worth a try.
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08 Apr 2011   #4
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

It appears that trying a repair install will not resolve this as the drive dies not seem to even be recognised!

Any other ideas?
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08 Apr 2011   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richdave View Post
It appears that trying a repair install will not resolve this as the drive dies not seem to even be recognised!

Any other ideas?
The boot order may have changed. Go into the BIOS and make sure that the HDD you're now using is selected. If you select the drive and it still doesn't boot, then change the boot drive to optical (CD/DVD) and try Startup Repair.
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08 Apr 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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08 Apr 2011   #7
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks theog for the post. Unfortunately it did not help. I have booted many times and tried a repair to no avail.
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08 Apr 2011   #8
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richdave View Post
Thanks theog for the post. Unfortunately it did not help. I have booted many times and tried a repair to no avail.
If you put that vista disk back in your PC it will boot to Win7 or if it is setup as a dual boot you will have that back again also.

All the files to start either Win7 or Vista are on that other drive. Without it the system will not boot. As you have found out.
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08 Apr 2011   #9
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
All the files to start either Win7 or Vista are on that other drive. Without it the system will not boot. As you have found out.
yeah I get that... I want to "fix" things so I can remove or reformat the VISTA hdd

Is there a solution?
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08 Apr 2011   #10
richdave

WIndows 7 Professional and Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richdave View Post
Is there a solution?
well YES actually and an easy one too.

I booted with the VISTA drive in place and selected Win 7 from the boot menu

Then I installed EasyBCD2.02 and used it to resolve my problem.

From the main menu, I clicked on BCD Backup/Repair, then selected change boot drive, Then selceted "C" (the Win 7 drive)

and viola! The HDD was made bootable. After a shut-down and removing the VISTA drive I rebooted and got the boot menu again and selected Win 7 and booted OK

I then used EasyBCD to delete the VISTA entry from the boot menu via the Edit Boot Menu option.
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