Windows 7 Install Issue

March 18, 2012 at 20:57:11
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 Duo T5550 / 4 GB
I have installed a new internal SATA HD into my laptop and I tried installing another copy of Windows 7 on that hard drive (via using the windows that was already running on the original drive), I made sure to install it on the new HD.

When I try booting solely from the 2nd New SATA and disabling the older HD it comes with the error "BOOT MANAGER IS MISSING", but when I re enable the original SATA Drive, it boots from the fresh windows 7 install.

What am I doing wrong?



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#1
March 18, 2012 at 21:36:38
When you install Windows there are some files that are installed on the system drive. This is usably drive C:

When you install a second copy of Windows it uses these same system files, including the Boot manager. for the second copy. So regardless of how many copies of Windows are installed, there is only ever one set of system boot files.

Disabling the original drives makes the files inaccessible so nothing works.

If you want to install a second copy of windows completely independently of the first you need to disable the existing drive first then boot from a Windows 7 DVD and install.

Although why you want two copies of Windows 7 I do not know. The space would be better used creating an image of the first installation that can be used to recover for any system failures with the first.
Stuart


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#2
March 18, 2012 at 21:44:55
Well the reason for the 2nd install is because the 1st HD is failing (I think -- the laptop spontaneously restarts, I've checked temps, cpu/gpu/hd never goes higher than 45 degrees C even at load so a friend suggested that HD may be failing (I did the SMART Test, no problems, but when I do the through error check in the WD supplied program, it restarts).

So I just bought a new drive and tried installing it. Problem with installing the windows from boot is that my usb (I did the windows 7 install via USB) has the stupid kingston datatraveler encryption that requires a password to be put in before the contents can be opened and thus installation of windows cant occur, so I am unable to do it that way.

Is there any other way to achieve what I want?


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#3
March 18, 2012 at 23:04:09
why not clone the old drive to the new drive ?

http://alturl.com/qvbx9

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
March 19, 2012 at 04:09:40
Remove data and power cables to the old drive and carry out a repair to the new installation by booting to the Windows DVD disk.

CoolGuy


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#5
March 19, 2012 at 04:56:59
All above are good, BUT you should also test your memory with Memtest86 via a bootable CD or flash drive (you can purchase an inexpensive one without the password if you do not have a working optical drive) since the restart (crash) of the WD test could have been caused by a bad memory segment. Run through all of the tests, NO errors are acceptable in your memory.

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


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#6
March 25, 2012 at 21:35:36
So the reason I wanted to install the 2nd new HD was because of the random restarts. Turns out the new HD didn't help, but what did help was me taking out one of stick of 2 GB RAM (out of 4 GB), and now the laptop doesn't restart. I guess the stick is bad or the slot is gone.

Thanks for the help guys!


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#7
March 26, 2012 at 04:59:57
Or incompatible. Run the memtest to test each stick of memory and each slot to see where the problem is. If you run two sticks of memory the motherboard is trying to run in dual channel mode but if the memory is not matched it cannot do this, though it should revert to single channel as long as the 'slower' memory is in the first slot and the timings are compatible with each other. Sometimes cleaning the contacts on the memory with a pencil eraser and snapping them in and out 3 or 4 times may help. Purchasing a matched pair for dual channel use may be the best option though.

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


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