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Windows 7: one of my drive semi-failing and windows 7 boot is in it

20 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot
one of my drive semi-failing and windows 7 boot is in it

hi guys looking for help here not sure what is the best course of action in my case.

my system has 3 drives, 1 WD 320GB used to have my windows installation then 2 samsung 1 TB for data .

in the past few weeks, i had some issue with the WD drive failing randomlay causing system crashes. when i boot my PC, it would look in the BIOS and see it does not even get detected. i knew there was a problem with it so i planed to either purchase a new drive or move my installation to one of the other drives.

after some consideration i decided to wait till i find a good Deal on an SSD drive, and for now i made a new installation on one of the Samsung drives that solved the problem this is how it looks now :

but a few days ago I noticed the system would not boot, and i checked the BIOS Again and it shows the WD Drive not detected again. so i presumed that windows 7 installation has put some boot information on that drive even thoough the windows instalation is on the samsung drive. restarting the PC from a full power off usually fixes that and the drive would show again and i can boot windows.

since the WD keeps failing or semi-failing i dont want any boot info to be on it, it does now have important files but if i disconect it now the system won't boot.

is there a way to move all boot information from the failing drive to one of the samung drives?

thanks in advance for any assitance in this

EDIT: in case it was not clear, its Disk2 which has my windows installation Right now, while DISK1/2 have only data but it seems boot sector seems to be on DISK0.

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20 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Move the System boot files to C using Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums.

Make sure C gets marked Active: Mark Partition Active

Once C is marked System Active Boot, then you can unplug the old HD, swap its cable to C so that it remains set first to boot in BIOS setup and is in preferred DISK0 position.

Test the old HD with it's maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to be sure of its condition. If it passes, wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command to repartition in Disk Mgmt.

Let us know how this goes. If it fails, mark C Active, unplug all other drives to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

I see that your Data partition is Dynamic which is only meant to span a single partition across multiple HD's. Is that the case? If not I would use Option 1 to non-destructively Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
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