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Windows 7: boot manager on wrong HDD

03 Aug 2011   #1
ripbox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
boot manager on wrong HDD

As requested by theog

I have 3 HDD's as you will see below
The Issue i have is that boot manager is on the wrong drive E://
how if possible can i move it to the Main drive C://
I know i made the mistake of mixing up the SATA cables when i did a rebuild but
if i adjust boot priority or switch cables round i can not boot with boot manger missing
Its not the biggest issue in the world and i can live with it but i know im a little scuppered if i want to remove the E:// drive or format it but i would be nice if i can finaly move boomanager over to the C:// drive without having to reformat


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03 Aug 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Windows automatically places the bootmgr on drive 0
the letter is completely irrelevant to it.

I don't know of a reliable way to move it myself.

This is why I always unplug everything but the boot drive when installing.
It's a matter of much complaint from many users, myself included.

If you ever do a reinstall, you should move the drive you want to be the boot drive to the device 0 plug on the motherboard.
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03 Aug 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As your HD set is about the same, have look at my post here:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)
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03 Aug 2011   #4
ripbox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thanx for your quick reply Maguscreed Ill see if anyone can come up with anything in the mean time but your explination actually make a fair bit of seance...
Like i say its not a major issue and i can live with it but ill know whats what for next time
I don't plan on formatting anytime soon so it will keep if there is no easy solution.
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03 Aug 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


Power down and disconnect all HDDs except the one Windows 7 is on and set that as the second boot device after the CD/DVD drive in the PC BIOS and do the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the C: partition, when finished power down and reconnect the other HDDs.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



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03 Aug 2011   #6
ripbox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

theog if by following your tutorial that you linked would it affect any installations i have on D://

C:// is OS n installs
D:// is installs
E:// is storage

It wouldn't be too much of an issue to fix the installs or completely reinstall everything there but i would like to know if its some additional fixing i would need to make after following your tutorial.

thanx
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03 Aug 2011   #7
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I would go with BFK's suggestion.
He has a good track record for being right
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03 Aug 2011   #8
ripbox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

haha yes it sound the best way TBH
I just have another 2 question.....
After following the instructions when i pug in the drive E:// i will then have 2 boot manager files.... will the not conflict? and how can i delete the old boot manager?
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03 Aug 2011   #9
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I believe that is the source of his instructions specifically detailing where to plug in what and how to set bios.
The system will use the first bootmgr it encounters.
If that hdd is the first numerical hdd it should use the bootmgr on it.
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03 Aug 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you have a separate bootable OS on E: when reconnected use the BIOS one-time boot menu hot-key specific to your motherboard to choose which OS/HDD to boot at PC startup.
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