Two hard Drives, want to use one but cant

February 6, 2011 at 01:50:28
Specs: Windows 7
I can confidently tell you Im stumped. But that I can fix this as soon as you point me in the right direction.

heres my problem.

I have a computer with two hard drives, (the Operating System is multiboot, which doesnt matter to me anymore) Windows 7 and Winodws Vista. I want to take the other Hard Drive out of the machine and use it in another for raid, since the computer's never had more than 100gb on it. ( 2 x 340gb drives).

So Im guessing its something to do with the one drive being the system, the other the boot or active or whatever. I just want to use one hard drive for a system and not have it want to use two (one for booting up to the multiboot option and storing other data, using 2nd to store op --< no good, just want one drive, to boot up the damn op, the one its installed to, but it cannot run without the other.
When I disconnect one hard drive, it wont boot up,

One time it will say missing boot up file, and unplugging the other (putting the other back in) says, cant find drive with windows directory or something.

So I know my stuff, I may have given a lazy explanation but basically I want to use the drive with Windows 7 installed, and i want the computer to also recongize that as the boot drive. Currently I cannot, disconnect the other drive as it will not boot. I've tried using Easy BCD, and didnt work.

What can I do ? even if its going back and diskpart'ing fdisk'ing the son of a bitch. im game, just point me

Cheerio


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#1
February 6, 2011 at 06:38:42
How do you have them configured ? Is one os on each drive?

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February 6, 2011 at 22:09:59
Remove the Vista/boot drive. Keep the Windows 7 drive in. Put in the Windows 7 install disk and restart. Choose the repair install option, probably under Custom. This will rebuild your missing boot sector and you should be OK. For additional protection, you may want to make a copy of any important files onto the drive you are removing in case you have a problem and need to reinstall completely. That way all you need to do is plug the drive back in and copy the files back if needed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
February 9, 2011 at 01:42:34
Thanks I really appericate the reply.

Thanks a million


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#4
February 9, 2011 at 06:08:26
Fingers' method is rock solid. But when you were in EasyBCD did you try Repair/Change Boot Drive? This is *extremely simple and powerful and may be what you need.

*****ALWAYS back up critical data first.*****


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