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Windows 7: Format disk & booting up

16 Feb 2015   #1

Win 7 Pro 32-bit
Format disk & booting up

I was reading this :
Cannot delete an active system partition?

I noticed that somehow I installed win7pro on Disk 1 which is correct but booting up started with Disk 0 ... I just triple checked at BIOS boot setup ... PC has to start booting up on Disk 0 and then running Disk 1 as Win7Pro ... the old snail Win7pro was on Disk 2 and took that care of it ... done and formatted.

What I am asking is :
How do I get or move (I believe, it's the) "system" from Disk 0 to Disk 1, so I can boot up directly from Disk 1 and not Disk 0, so I can format Disk 0 and be done with it.

Fresh Win7Pro is on Disk 1 running live but it only can boot up thru Disk 0 first (gladly, I didnt kill that Disk 0 yet ... I believe this is correct ... If I killed that Disk 0 ... then my pc will be locked up and I will have to redo Win7Pro all over again and updating on a painful slow ATT's DSL (only internet connection here that is available) I do not want to go that direction.

I am ON Disk 1 running Fresh Win7Pro flawless and updated but only way to BOOTED up fresh Win7Pro is start with Disk 0.

Can you help ? Thank you.

Please notice that Disk 0 "000" is invisible but it is there, though. See the screenshot.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2015   #2


Move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums.

Then if it doesn't do it for you, once C is System Active, assign a letter to DISK0 in Disk Mgmt to mark it Inactive: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

It would be better if you could also swap cables between DISK 0 and 1 so that the OS is on DISK0. This avoids repairs or reinstall moving the bootloader to a preceding Primary partition, as happened here. It's also a good idea to unplug all other drives during any reinstall or repair for this reason.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2015   #3

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

It's also a good idea to unplug all other drives during any reinstall or repair for this reason.
I just thought of that after noticed something ain't right... I should have disconnect all other hard disk cables

It would be better if you could also swap cables between DISK 0 and 1 so that the OS is on DISK0.
Already thought of that but it can not be done because one is IDE (149GB) and other two is SATA (298GB) and that is why I went to BIOS to change the BOOT > Hard drive in ordered to boot up ... I already tried all combination sequence. 2,1,0 ... 1,2,0 ,,, 0,2,1 ... 2,0,1 ... 0,1,2 ... 1,0,2 respectively

I will do the "move the bootmgr" trick ...

... downloaded EasyBCD & run it as administrator

... Hmm ... newer update is available

... Gone to get it and realize it is up-to-dated

... Followed the easy steps

... Rebooting ... be right back ...

HAHA ... I could not reboot yet ... I got nervous and reread to make sure I did miss anything ...

... ok ... rebooting ... brb
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Feb 2015   #4

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

I forgot to change the BIOS because it went to same way like the first post I created.

... rebooting ... and press DEL to get to BIOS

... Changed the BIOS's Boot > Hard drive sequence to assign the proper/the real one

rebooted ...

SUCCESS !!!! and 149GB hard drive revealed ...

Thank you ... Thank you ... one more time ... thank YOU and & SevenForums rocks !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2015   #5


Remember to mark the old System drive on Disk0 Inactive if it is still marked Active. Only the System partition should be marked Active.

Then assign it a drive letter in Disk Mgmt.

Remember to unplug Disk0 if you reinstall or run Startup Repair so boot files aren't again derailed to a preceding Primary partition. If you're using the drive for data you can also convert it to Logical so that can't ever happen again: How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2015   #6

Win 7 Pro 32-bit

Already deleted that 149GB hard drive and create a new one ... its Healthy and Not Active ... Win7_2015_298GB hard drive is the real deal and only active

Thank you for reminding me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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