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 Post subject: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issue
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:26 pm 
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I want to remove a small 160 GB drive and replace with 3 TB drive. I dual boot win7 and win8. When I removed the small drive and add new, the bootloader has an error and will not load. Repairing with win8 disk just clocks with no repairing.

Put the small drive back and all works fine.

I tried to delete the volume in win8 but system wont let me. Says cannot delete active partition. I am guessing there are files on this drive or something in bootloader that requires the small drive to be there. How do I remove this so I can get the larger drive installed?

I am using an older system:
Intel QUAD CORE Q6600 2.4GHZ RETAIL
EVGA NFORCE 680I SLI 775
Win 7 - OS is on two hitachi deskstars (160 GB in raid)
Win 8.1 - OS is on a WD 1 TB drive
I have another 1 TB Seagate drive for data
The I want to replace a final 160 GB Hitachi with Seagate 3 TB drive.

Ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issu
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:39 pm 
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Can you go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management and describe the partition setup? Like how many partitions, what their attributes are (their underneath the partition name), etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issu
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:56 pm 
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Partition I want to remove:
H: 149.05 GB NTFS (System, Active, Primary Partition)
Propterties
Admin has full control

The others:
C: 298.10 GB Raid NTFS (Boot, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
D: 931.51 GB NTFS (Page File, Active, Primary Partition)
G: WIN8 931.51 GB NTFS (Active, Primary Partition)

Will post Win8's view in a bit


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issu
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:04 pm 
Smithfield
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If these are on multiple drives, can you also say which drives they're on?

Sorry for these questions, I just want to see what's the best way to tackle this :B


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issu
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:09 pm 
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cgamer wrote:
Win7 View
Partition I want to remove:
H: 149.05 GB NTFS (System, Active, Primary Partition)
Propterties
Admin has full control


OH.... that's bad news for you... The "System" partition should be a 100MB unlettered partition on your C: hard drive. "H: 149.05 GB NTFS (System, Active, Primary Partition)"
Means that because of the pre-exisiting OS installation, when you installed the second OS, Windows installation automatically choose this partion to store install info on, because the default location already existed, and will never overwrite a pre-existing partition unless forced to do so.

This is how a proper dual-boot should look:
Image

Disk 0 - D: actually has its own 100MB "System" partition, but it only shows up when I'm logged into that OS, or use something like Parted Magic to look at the partitions.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacing data drive in dual win7/win8 & bootloader issu
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:16 am 
Smithfield
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I herped derped. I see the HDD info in OP.

The Active and System Partition should've been 100MB or so, only if it was created when Windows was installed from a clean system. In any case, this article should help, just replace Vista with 7 and 7 with 8 (Vista, 7, and 8 for all intents and purposes have the same underlying architecture). I would probably put the system partition in the Windows 8 HDD, assuming H:/ isn't on that one. In any case, whenever you're done, either take out the HDD with H:/ on it or from your BIOS's boot menu, boot from the HDD which has the new system partition.

Use a tool like Partition Wizard to create and modify partitions, since the one in Windows doesn't work all the time. Just make sure to not delete the system partition you already have (the H:\ partition) in the event something goes awry.


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