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Windows 7: Configuring boot drive to windows 7 drive??

06 Jul 2010   #1

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Configuring boot drive to windows 7 drive??

Recently bought a 2tb storage drive and I'm using all 6 sata ports on my mainboard! I've got a 74gb raptor that's got windows xp dual boot with my main os windows 7 though windows 7 is on another drive! I want to remove the dual boot as I don't need windows xp anymore (do I?) the thing is the raptor is my first boot device that gives me the option to boot into windows 7 or xp and if I select the windows 7 as my first device it just comes up with the error can't find boot device so there must be a config file on the raptor 74gb that I need to move to allow me to boot from the windows 7 drive and remove the raptor to use my new drive! Any advice on how I can do this as any software that I could use?

Thanks for any help/advice.

This is my drive setup in disk manager, u can see the windows xp drive g: says system drive.

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06 Jul 2010   #2


Your screenshot is nearly unreadable for some reason.

You need to remove the Active flag from all drives, convert Win7 from Logical to Primary so you can set it Active to recover the System MBR into it.

The tool to use is free Partition Wizard bootable CD: Boot PW, select 1 for screen res, rightclick on each partition currently marked Active and Modify>Set to Inactive, OK.

Then rightclick on Win7 partition to Modify>Convert to Primary, OK, then Modify>Set to Active, OK. Apply all steps.

Now enter BIOS setup to set WIn7 HD as first HD to boot (after DVD drive).

Finally boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts up. Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create

Keep XP as a data drive until you are sure you have all data off of it, then format it Logical for data using PW CD. I say this because Logical drives cannot be marked Active to confuse the Win7 Repair utility.
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07 Jul 2010   #3

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Convert win 7 partition to Primary first.

Fuzzy screenie.
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07 Jul 2010   #4


Teacher in the house!

Thanks, Si. Edited steps above.
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07 Jul 2010   #5

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is the pic any better now? also u say set to active but they always seemed greyed out so u cant select them! il give the info a try when im back home later and let u know my findings!

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07 Jul 2010   #6


Use Partition Wizard bootable CD, linked above.

If it won't let you mark XP Inactive, then just unplug the XP HD before running the Startup Repair so that it will write the System MBR to Win7.
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09 Jul 2010   #7

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ive done as adviced and just want u all to know that worked great! windows 7 now booting off the drive and the 74gb raptor has been removed! thank u all for the info.

thanks again!
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