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Windows 7: use 2nd physical drive as the sole system drive

07 Jul 2010   #1
carlos li

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use 2nd physical drive as the sole system drive

got the following questions:

1) i installed new Windows 7 to drive E in addition to the original OEM Vista installed in drive C of my computer (drive D is the original OEM restore drive). i want to do a SYSTEM IMAGE to backup drive E only (because the windows with all my files I now use is in drive E) but there seem to be some boot files/system files also in drive C (which i don't want to use) and Windows indicate the SYSTEM IMAGE must include both drive C and E. how can i make drive E (the 2nd physical hard disk that the computer got) function exactly as "drive C" with ALL boot files/system in it. so that my SYSTEM IMAGE only includes drive E without wasting space to include the entire drive C which i don't use now. ( OR i am asking, if I can only copy/clone drive E, when both physical drives failed, i want to make sure my copied/cloned drive E alone can function to boot up windows. right now, it seems to tell me I have to backup/clone drive C as well for drive E when i don't even use drive C now).

2) my computer does not go to sleep mode automatically even i set it so. it keep turn on in normal mode. i don't know why. the BIOS indicated it is from march, 2010, so should be update. is there anything i can do to make it sleep automatically?

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07 Jul 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

As far as removing the Vista drive and switching the boot information over to the Windows 7 installation, you can do this easily with a program called EasyBCD.

Download EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Here >>
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Now use that program to move your boot files over to the Windows 7 installation.
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07 Jul 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


To recover the SYstem MBR into WIn7 partition, first mark it Active from Vista or the booted Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD: Partition - Mark as Active

Before you mark it active, check in Disk Management to see that no other partitions are marked Active. If so use the steps given above to mark the "INACTIVE" from booted Win7 DVD/Repair CD.

Now 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 to write the MBR to Win7: Startup Repair

You cannot change the drive letter of Win7, however we can show you how to move it into the preferred lower HD address if that is possible after deleting Vista. Post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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