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Windows 7: Moving boot partition from file HD to system HD

12 Nov 2012   #1

Win 7 64bit Ultimate
Moving boot partition from file HD to system HD

I have two Hard drivers on my computer see the disk manager shot.

The RAW partition on the first HD i'm not sure what it is.

At first i had XP on the computer, then i updated to Win7 32bit, then i installed win7 64 bit and deleted the win7 32bit partition, i think that raw partition might be the old boot partition for my old win7 32bit...

Anyway, my problem is the 212MB partition next to my D partition, it must have the boot manager in it (because if i start the PC with only that HD in the PC, the boot manager starts up but then it doesn't find the system), i would like to shrink my C a little and move it next to it, that's because i need to boot my computer with only the system HD in, do you think that is possible to do with ease us partition manager, or it's better let windows do it in some way?

How can i check if it's safe to remove that RAW partition i got on the system HD?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


The previous System Partition has gone bad (RAW) so you can either delete it then leave it or recover the space later into Win7, or you can delete and then create a new boot partition there in Disk Management by Creating NTFS Primary and marking Active. Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Otherwise mark the Win7 partition Active, then power down to unplug Disk1, swap its cable to Disk0 or set Disk0 first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Boot into the Win7 installation DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and Win7 partition or it's new boot partition hold the System Active boot flags.

You can then power down, plug back in the other HD, make sure Win7 HD remains first HD to boot in BIOS setup, boot into Win7 to mark the 212mb partition Inactive: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums, then delete the 212mb partition in Disk Mgmt.

Now you can leave the two small partitions as they are or resize the adjacent partitions into them using free
Partition Wizard bootable CD: Partition Wizard Resize Partition Video Help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #3

Win 7 64bit Ultimate

i deleted the RAW partition made C active and tried the startup repairs from my win7 x64 DVD.

run it like 8 times, at first it looked like it was fixing something then it told me it was fixed, and then just keep telling me to remove any new device i plug in the PC.

i try the same thing formatting the RAW partition and making it active but i can't boot.

i get this message at boot

Error fd0 cannot get C/H/S values
grub rescue>

Since grub it's a linux thing, and i did have linux installed maybe a couple of years ago but i deleted that partition a long time ago, i really don't know what's going on now...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Nov 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


What that tells us is this is another case of GRUB corrupting WIn7 boot beyond repair. We don't see these as much any longer with GRUB2 but your old GRUB has apparently risen from the dead.

You can try manually writing the commands to rebuild the BCD as a last resort: How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

If this fails you'll need to wipe the corrupt boot code from the boot sector using Diskpart Clean Command then follow Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which contains the Best Practices for a perfect reinstall even for retail.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #5

Win 7 64bit Ultimate

I did bootrec.exe /fixmbr

on the commend prompt in repair tools, and it worked, it fixed the problem, i can now boot with only my system HD.

I'm going to inactivate the old boot partition and delete it, thank you so much for your help, i was not sure how to get this done, your information were impeccable, love this forum already
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP


You're welcome. Stick around as we all learn a lot together.

We'll take note that Startup Repair was deficient in not running successfully bootrec.exe.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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