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Windows 7: After install on secondary HDD can I move Windows back to primary HDD?

05 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
After install on secondary HDD can I move Windows back to primary HDD?

For a rather complicated reason I have Windows (Home Premium 64bit) installed on the secondary HDD in my desktop, but I still have all the files from a previous installation of the same version of Windows installed on my primary HDD (My computer was stalling at the BIOS splash screen, and after a power off I reinstalled windows on the secondary HDD because the previous install wasn't working. After getting Windows installed on the secondary HDD I looked at the primary HDD and it looked fine. I did a disk check that turned up nothing too). So basically I'm wondering if there is either an easy way I can move all of the stuff I had installed on the previous copy of windows to the new copy, or if there is a way to move Windows back to the old copy? Ive tried booting from the primary HDD and it just boots from the secondary HDD instead.

Desktop Specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
CPU: AMD FX-8120
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
Memory: 16GB G. Skill Ares DDR3 1333
Graphics Card: AMD FirePro V3900
Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM <----Secondary
WD 2TB (unknown part #)<--------Primary
PSU: RAIDMAX RX-500AF(500 Watt)Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There are ways to do this. But in order to give you best advice, it would help to see a picture of your Disk Management. But make sure the status field in the upper tier of Disk Management is fully opened - like in my picture.

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05 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

If the new install is working fine on the secondary hard drive, why not just make it the primary and move your files over to it from the non functioning old windows install.

As WHS has asked, post a shot of disk management from the new, working windows 7 install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I've just decided to reinstall a stripped down version of what I had before. Thanks for the help though!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


If you still had 2 HD's plugged in during reinstall you've probably derailed your boot files onto the other HD so that it won't boot if one becomes unplugged. Post back the requested screenshot now so we can take a look.
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 After install on secondary HDD can I move Windows back to primary HDD?

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