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Windows 7: Changing Primary HD

20 Dec 2009   #21

Windows 7 Professional x64

How are you loading the OS? Make sure the the correct drive is set as the first boot drive in your BIOS.
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20 Dec 2009   #22

Windows 7

There is only one HD when i unplug the IDE drive...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2009   #23
Microsoft MVP


Let's try the bootrec commands manually:

Boot into the Win7 DVD repair console, open a command line and type:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

now restart the computer, if Win7 doesn't start boot back into Win7 DVD repair console and run startup repair 3 times.

If this fails again, then let's try one more command:

Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

then run Startup repair again 3 times to see if it will come to life.

If you have the free Partition Wizard bootable CD, could you post back the exact listings it gives for your SATA HD. Make sure it is marked active, if not rightclick Modfy>Set to active then run Startup repair from the Win7 DVD.

If the Win7 HD is marked active, then these commands and Startup Repair should start it unless there is unknown corruption.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Dec 2009   #24

Windows 7

It works! Thnx a lot man!
I did only fixboot/fixmbr and the drive boots successfully.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2009   #25
Microsoft MVP


Good to go.

I wonder why Startup Repair cannot achieve this in some cases. Bootrec and Bootsect are supposed to be automated in Win7 Startup Repair.

Makes me wonder if it is being run enough times, or it if is not consistent in its fixes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #26

Windows 7

Every times i did the *startup repair* it says "no boot problems found". I think that it does some test that are unable to understand if Fixmbr of fixboot are necessary. But, if those 2 commands are not dangerous, why don't perform them in all cases?
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