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Windows 7: reorganizing hdd and mbr

03 Nov 2009   #1
set321go

 
 
reorganizing hdd and mbr

hello

i purchased an upgrade version of 7 and i did a clean install on a new ssd i got for it. I have the backup cd my question is

can i reorganize my bios boot order so that the window 7 disk is primary disk?

can i delete all the old vista files of the old disk?


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03 Nov 2009   #2
Dave76

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Welcome to Seven Forums.

Check in Disk Manager that the new SSD is marked as Active.
If it is marked active then you can.

First you need to remove Vista from the MBR.
This Seven Forums tutorial will show you how: How to Delete a Listed Operating System at Boot in Windows 7.

After this is completed you can delete all the old Vista files.
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03 Nov 2009   #3
set321go

 
 

thanks, what is an active partition?
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03 Nov 2009   #4
set321go

 
 

right well that didnt work. i labled the windows 7 disk as active then rebooted and changed the hard disks so it boots of the windows 7 disk and it said boot manager missing popped in the dvd and hit repair told me i had a boot label missing for my vista os then repaired n tried to boot up but it hasnt moved the mbr to the windows 7 disk

I think this is probably a drive label problem windows doesnt like not being on the c disk does it? currenty 7 is on a drive labbled g
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03 Nov 2009   #5
Dave76

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Send us a snip of the Disk Management.

Start button, Snipping Tool, save file somewhere.

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When a partition is marked active it get a flag that tells BIOS where to look for the boot files.

When you boot to Win7 it should be Partition C:/
If you boot into Vista it should be Partition C:/

Did you follow the tutorial How to Delete a Listed Operating System at Boot in Windows 7?

You need to remove the boot files from pointing to Vista, then you can delete Vista.
When you follow the above tutorial your computer should boot directly into Win7. No dual boot options, then you can delete the Vista files.

Let us know how it's going.
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04 Nov 2009   #6
set321go

 
 

right well here are those screen shots and when i boot up in 7 my windows disk is not my c: disk. could this be something to do with it being an upgrade version? i installed it from the downloaded files from vista not the backup cd


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04 Nov 2009   #7
set321go

 
 

right well this i what i have tried and the results!!

with the settings as above i have reorderd the hdd in the bios so 7 disk is hdd0 then tried using the disk to move the mbr to that disk hdd0 this simly puts vista back on the boot loader menu

i have gone back to the settings above then shut down unplugged the disk with the boot manager on and tried using the cd to fix this. this fails with error partition table corrupt

i knew this wouldnt be simple windows is so dam fussy about where it is, i still remember the headaches trying to dual boot xp when not on the primary disk
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04 Nov 2009   #8
Dave76

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Thanks for the snips.

According to the System Configuration window, your single booting into Win7.
Is this correct?
Any problems with booting?
Windows bootmanager is still in the old Vista C: drive.

I've never seen Win7 not call itself C:/, especially when dual booted with Vista. The upgrade version won't affect the drive letter.
Did you assign the letter C to Vista at any time?

Shouldn't be a problem.

Are you planning on formatting the old Vista C:/ drive, or are there some files you want to keep?

You want to remove Vista from your computer, correct?
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04 Nov 2009   #9
Dave76

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by set321go View Post
right well this i what i have tried and the results!!

with the settings as above i have reorderd the hdd in the bios so 7 disk is hdd0 then tried using the disk to move the mbr to that disk hdd0 this simly puts vista back on the boot loader menu

i have gone back to the settings above then shut down unplugged the disk with the boot manager on and tried using the cd to fix this. this fails with error partition table corrupt

i knew this wouldnt be simple windows is so dam fussy about where it is, i still remember the headaches trying to dual boot xp when not on the primary disk
Download EasyBCD 1.7.2, and start it, go to 'View Setting' button, take a snip there and post it.

Are you saying that you ran Start Up Repair from the Win7 installation DVD?

This should work, but you need to disconnect all HDs except the Win7 SSD, boot to the Win7 DVD and run Start Up Repair, Three Times. This will write the Windows bootmanager to the Win7 partition, but it can only do one BCEdit command at a time.
You can try that or you can do it with EasyBCD.

Send me the snip first.
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04 Nov 2009   #10
set321go

 
 

yes boot is fine no problems

yes bootmanager is still on drive c

no ive never actually assigned vista to c but i had problems with vista not assigning drive letters to removable disks and managed to get it to always give it the letter g so it might have carried this forced labeling across.

ive never had a windows installation willing to not be on the c drive!!!

I want to delete all the vista files off the old drive im concerned about doing it because they still seem to be connected somehow

i want to keep some files on the old vista disk

i dont want to format because then i wont be able to boot because it couldnt fix the boot loader with that disk unplugged.

I have had problems with the vista drive not being recognised on boot periodically its a hardware problem because it doesnt show in bios so i want to remove all non essential processes to improve the stability.

Questions
1. How do i reassign the system tag on the c: drive?
2. How can i remove any drive letter assignments?
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