make second partion bootable

December 3, 2010 at 23:00:01
Specs: Windows 7
A friend got a new (Win 7) computer after old one (XP) died. She needs some of the old programs and drivers occasionally as they won't run on Win7. I was hoping to just throw the old HD in and add a line to boot.ini file but there wasn't any room or connectors to do so. So I made a partition on the new computers HD and copied the old drive to the new partition . How can I make the second partition bootable (after the fact). Partition magic would have been able to do this (I think) but it won't work on win 7 (x64).

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December 3, 2010 at 23:50:49
download EasyBCD its free and might be able to sort this for you..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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December 4, 2010 at 09:42:15
Copying the contents of the old drive probably isn't going to work. Straight copying will not copy all the needed files.

Windows 7 has a compatibility mode that works fairly well. I currently have 2 or 3 programs that ran under WinXP running in a WinXP compatibility mode in Windows 7.

Going back to how to transfer the contents of the old drive to a partition on the current drive you need to make an image of the drive and even then there will be issues due to hardware being different in each of the host computers. A repair installation may solve that issue, assuming the host hardware is compatible with the OS on the old drive.

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