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Why is My MBR on a different hard drive..........

post #1 of 7
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So I have a 120gb Kingston HyperX SSD I installed Windows 7 on it about 6 months ago and threw a WD 1TB green drive just for storage with a 600GB WD Blue drive for Programs I did not want on the SSD.

The issue... I removed the green drive from the computer in favor of the 2x 1TB WD Black drives for storage.. I reloaded the computer and got BOOT LOAD ERROR............ I was doing everything right. nothing has been wrong with the SSD since the firmware update about 4 months ago... I tried to fix the Boot with my windows disk with no success.. So I got curious, I noticed that before I took the green drive out that it would not let me format the drive for some reason. I wondered if the MBR was on the green drive for some stupid reason... "I say that with spite" sure enough the MBR is on the green drive while the Windows install is on the SSD......


What gives?
Can I move the MBR to the SSD without a complete re install?
Why the F*** is the MBR on the green drive instead of the SSD like it should be?


As you can tell I am just a bit annoyed...

THANKS! rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 7
Odd... very odd...

Did you leave the Green plugged in during installation?
post #3 of 7
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I'm guessing I must have altho this was a while ago so I don't remember..

EDIT: I have a 1TB green drive hanging out the side of my computer right now -.-


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Edited by Nicoderm - 9/16/12 at 11:02am
post #4 of 7
Yeah, I can't exactly help with the issue, but I've had the same issue multiple times.

For some unknown to me reason windows LOVES to put the mbr on a drive other than the main os install.

What I learned from that is I always unplug any drive other than main while doing an os install.
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you can only have one drive plugged in when installing windows 7. if you have more than one for some reason it will use the others as well, up to 3 drives i think. one for active os, one for boot, page file. one for crash dump, primary partition. and one for system, active, primary partition.

it is something to do with how they set windows up to install. i always unplug all drives except for the one i want everything on.

as for moving it, the drive has to be plugged in, and you have to do it through command line. i don't remember then commands though as it has been a while.
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I'm back, this worked, smile.gif Everything is on the SSD now, take that! windows you pos. -.-
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
first mark Windows 7 active in XP Disk Management, or using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Next unplug XP HD, boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Windows 7.
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