How do you make Windows 7 partition bootable

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by mikeytc, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. mikeytc

    mikeytc New Member

    Feb 25, 2010
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    I have a system with two harddrives, one with Vista and one with Win 7. Vista drive was used to boot the system. Recently Vista drive dies, so I tried to boot from Win 7 drive. Since bootsector isn't there I can't. How do I make the remaining Win 7 drive bootable?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. loathe

    loathe New Member

    Jan 16, 2009
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    If you have a Windows 7 install handy boot to that, choose repair and it should find the problem and fix it up.
  3. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Oct 16, 2009
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    To boot to the Windows 7 drive you need 3 things.

    The partition with the boot files has to be active.
    Put the boot files in that active partition, if not already there.
    and the active partition has to be the first one the system encounters during boot.

    If you only have one drive now, the last requirement is taken care of. So you need to set the Win 7 partition active and put the boot files there.

    To set the partition active, use a third party bootable partition utility, or boot to the install/repair media and use Diskpart.

    To place the boot files, do a startup repair a couple of times or use bcdboot.

    So, boot to the Install DVD and go to the command prompt in the Repair section.
    Type these commands, one at a time, followed by enter and wait for a response:

    list disk
    select disk 0 <--use Win 7 drive, probably 0
    list partition
    select partition 1 <--Use Win 7 partition number
    active <-- Sets partition active

    Now go to the startup repair section and run it 2 or 3 times, as was suggested.
    #3 Saltgrass, Feb 25, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010

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