System Disk Confusion

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  1. David Hyde

    David Hyde New Member

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    Hi,

    My 1Tb non-system disk has been giving trouble recently, so I bought a 2Tb replacement, fitted it, Robocopied the files I wanted over, took the old drive out and rebooted.

    What happened was a Windows 7 OS recovery was attempted and failed. I couldn't boot the computer.

    I installed Windows 8 over top of Windows 7 when it first came out. To the best of my memory this involved reformatting the Windows 7 system disk so that Windows 8 could be installed. The system disk has the Windows directory, the progam files and the users directory. Until now, I thought that it was my system disk. Putting the 1Tb disk back in and setting this as the boot disk in the BIOS allowed me to boot Windows 8 again.

    Now it seems that the boot partition is actually on the 1Tb disk that I'm expecting to fail at any time.

    What can I do? Can I make my "system disk" the boot disk without having to reformat and reinstall?

    Hope someone can help.

    David
     
  2. Trouble

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.
    What you want and apparently need to do is not supported nor recommended by Microsoft and is no easy walk in the park but I can understand your predicament and certainly understand you wanting to do something about it aside from a complete clean install.
    The steps are described it some detail in this article http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=409
    I hope you find it useful...
    AND
    As always, backup, backup, backup.
     
  3. David Hyde

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    Bloody hell! Thanks, I'll think about doing it.
     
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    Just wanted to say thanks to Wolfgang for the link to his tutorial on using Easy BCD to accomplish this task.
    I tested it on my own install and found that it worked without a hitch.
    Afterwards I rebooted without issue.
    I then deleted the System Volume (350 MB).
    Rebooted again without issue.
    Used Acronis Disk Directory to add the 350 MB back to my C: drive
    Rebooted without issue.
    Then uninstalled EasyBCD.
    A lot easier than all the other complicated, convoluted explanations I've found elsewhere on the web and as simple as the 1, 2, 3 steps in his tutorial.
    Thanks again
    Randy.
     
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    Thanks Randy for the feedback. I am glad it served you well.
     
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    You're welcome. It's not too often I find something as easy to do, as the solution you provided so I just had to try it.
    It wasn't something I necessarily even want to do or needed to do and I hadn't played with EasyBCD since back during my brief and early Vista days but I had to try it. And......
    son of a gun, if it didn't work, perfectly.
    So thanks again for the great tip. Much appreciated and it should serve the OP in this thread just as well.
     
  8. David Hyde

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I'm sure that I can sort myself out now.
     
  9. David Hyde

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    Me again! Finally got round to doing this and Easy BCD did the job, nice and quickly, no drama. Thanks for the help.
     

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