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Windows 7: windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:

22 Oct 2018   #1
PaaNooS

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:

Here is the whole story.
My system has two SSDs in RAID 1 with two equal partitions for Windows and a traditional hard disk or data. At the beginning my system came with Windows XP in one partition. I had to devide into two partitions to install Windows 7.
Windows XP died so I want to clone my current Windows 7 (drive "C") to x-XP partition (drive "D")and then upgrade to Windows 10. The reason for that is that I want to go over Windows 10 without reinstall ALL my programs and without loose my current Windows 7.

So I deleted XP partition and cloned (copy-paste) current Windows 7 partition with GParted to empty partition.

Now I have two partitions : Drive "C:" named "Admin7" and drive "D:" named "Admin10"
"Admin7" is current (old) partition and "Admin10" is the new (clone) partition.
So both partitions are EXACTLY the same.

And here is the problem :
When I boot from "Admin7" everything is OK and runs as in the past.
But when I boot from "Admin10" windows explorer shows Admin7 as drive "C" and Admin10 as drive "D". So all programs have as path "c:\program files\...." instead of "d:\program files\...."

I'm quite sure that after cloning drive names had to swap and when I boot to "Admin10" partition must see as drive "C" the clone partition.
Is that right?
And what's gone wrong ?
Is the problem that both partitions have the same OS ?
And how can I fix that ?
I have over 120 application installed and I'm trying to save them

Thank you anyway


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22 Oct 2018   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

So the RAID 1 disks have two partitions: One with named "Admin7" and other named "Admin10".

Some explanations:
- On a Legacy - MBR disk, BIOS looks for a disk with MBR, transfer the boot sequence to the MBR that will transfer the boot sequence to a boot loader. This boot loader can be on the C: partition, on another partition (normally a no letter System partition) or even on another disk.
- The drive letters are assigned by the OS you booted. This means that C: will be assigned to the partition with windows that you booted from. Other partitions (with windows or not) will have other drive letters than C:

You have cloned the "Admin7" to the XP partition (now "Admin10") but you won't be able to boot "Admin10" as the MBR is taking the boot sequence to the boot loader that has only the "Admin7" option (maybe also the XP).
You are not booting from Admin10". You're always booting from Admin7"
What you have to do is to add the "Admin10" to the boot loader of Admin7"

Please boot from Admin7", go to Disk Management (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc), expand the window and the columns so we can read them and with the snipping tool (C:\Windows\system32\SnippingTool.exe) take a snapshot of the whole window. Place it here as an attachment. Use the paper clip on the answer window, browse to the file - upload.
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22 Oct 2018   #3
PaaNooS

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Megahertz07 thank you for your quick reply

Here is the Disk Management


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windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:-disk-management.jpg  
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22 Oct 2018   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Download EasyBCD https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
On the bottom right, a small window Non commercial - Free hit Register.
On the Register window, don't need to register. Just hit Download

Add an option to boot Admin 10 to the boot loader.

My computer is UEFI-GPT and the boot loader is different. In other words, I can't help you with EasyBCD. You'll need to learn how to use by yourself. I have use it on my old computer. It isn't difficult to understand.

As disk 0 (HDD) is probably your Data drive, my suggestion is to shutdown and detach the power cable from the HDD. Better be safe than sorry.
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22 Oct 2018   #5
PaaNooS

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I already use EasyBCD

Here some more photos


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windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:-bcd-1.jpg windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:-bcd-2.jpg windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:-system-configuration-boot-admin7.jpg windows 7 boot from drive d: but programs run from drive c:-system-configuration-boot-admin10.jpg 
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22 Oct 2018   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Something must be wrong.
Try to delete entry 2 (Win 10) and start over.
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22 Oct 2018   #7
PaaNooS

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

As I said

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PaaNooS View Post
So I deleted XP partition and cloned (copy-paste) current Windows 7 partition with GParted to empty partition.

Now I have two partitions : Drive "C:" named "Admin7" and drive "D:" named "Admin10"
"Admin7" is current (old) partition and "Admin10" is the new (clone) partition.
So both partitions are EXACTLY the same.
So what you mean "delete Admin10 partition". From within Disk Managment ? And what's next step ?
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22 Oct 2018   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

No. Don't delete any partition.
On EasyBCD, Edit Boot Menu - Delete entry 2 (win 10)
On Add New entry - recreate an entry for Win 7 on Admin10 partition.

During boot can you see the two options (Win 7 and Win 10)?
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22 Oct 2018   #9
PaaNooS

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
During boot can you see the two options (Win 7 and Win 10)?
Yes !
Even before this change and now I see two options for boot

(Attached new bcd screenshot)


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22 Oct 2018   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Use this recovery media. Boot it up.

17514x86.iso

17514x64-v9.iso

Open nt6repair ( it is on the desktop).

In the FIX OS LETTER section select the letter the of the windows partition. (That is letter of the windows partition as seen from the booted media )

Click Fix.

Job done.
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