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Ok here is the whole problem.
Couple moment back I received a new HDD in mail and readied my system for its installation.
I had a perfectly fine running system before on a single HDD (250GB) with two partions on it i.e C & D (Partition C being system drive)
Now since I bought another 500 GB HDD I wanted my OS installed kn the new hard drive and use the old HDD as storage.
So what I did was, I simply out the old HDD, physically connected the new HDD and freshly installed Windows 7 on it.
Everything went fine. System was up and ready in no time.
The problem started when I plugged back the old HDD along with the new one. For some reason computer is booting from the old HDD instead of the new one.
How do I get it to boot from the new HDD?
Also I would like to merge the partition of my old HDD in one volume, how to do that?
PLEASE do reply soon since I have an open computer in front of me and I have no idea what to do.
Thanks guys.
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connect the old hard drive AFTER booting, then copy all the important files from your old hdd to your new hdds, the next process will delete everything in your old hdd.

click start, type "computer management", click "disk management", you should be able to see your hdds from there.

right click on the partitions on your old hdd, select "delete volume", delete all the partitions on that hdd. then right click again and click "new simple volume".
post #3 of 10
hello,

Go into your BIOS and change what hdd it should be loading from. Should be in your boot menu. then maybe stick in your windows disk and wipe clean that harddrive. Or disk management biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

connect the old hard drive AFTER booting, then copy all the important files from your old hdd to your new hdds, the next process will delete everything in your old hdd.

click start, type "computer management", click "disk management", you should be able to see your hdds from there.

right click on the partitions on your old hdd, select "delete volume", delete all the partitions on that hdd. then right click again and click "new simple volume".

That's what I did. I connected the old hard drive after setting up the new HDD but the computer booted up from the OS on the old HDD.
Its like I have OS on 2 HDD's, both the old and new.
The system boots up from the OS on the old HDD, so how do I get it to boot from the OS on the new HDD?
Thank you for the quick reply mate
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You have encountered what I think is a BOOT MGR issue.
BOTH HDD's have everything they need to run.
They both try to start.
The old one is winning.
You need to acess your BIOS & find Boot options-
you'll likely see both HDD's- you have to highlight/select the new one.
I personally would remove the second HDD, restart machine so it will run on the new install.
Use a USB/SATA adapter(either direct w/specialty cable or docking station type) to acess files on Original HDD.
I think you can use Easus Partition Master Home(free) to remove the bootmgr part of Orig HDD>
I've used both methods-
if you can do the BIOS selection method, you can leave the old one in place.
You MAY get lucky by shutting down, reversing the cables & restarting.
(BIOS might already be using SATA 1 as BOOT device)
Try easiest first.
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EDIT: Oops, a little slow with my response. tongue.gif

It could be one of two things as far as I can tell:

Either:

  • You've installed Windows 7 on the other drive and it is labelled as C: aswell as the other HDD, which means you can't use them both at the same time

or
  • The new HDD is a different drive letter, but you need to change the boot priority in BIOS to the new HDD.

To fix this, open the Start menu and in the search box type "dsk", and then click on "Create and format hard disk partitions", this will list the drives installed on the computer and IIRC list both drives even if they have the same letter.

If they have the same letter, right click on the old HDD and click on "Change Drive Letter and Paths", then you should have the option to just change it to a different letter.

If the drive letters are different, or you've just changed the letter, then you will probably need to go into the BIOS by restarting the computer and pressing a key when prompted (likely F2 or Del, it should tell you which), then have a look around and find something labelled as "Boot Priority" or similar, then swap the drives around and the problem should be fixed.

As for merging two partitions on the old HDD, I'd suggest copying the data from one partition onto the new HDD or somewhere else to back it up , then go into the "Create and format hard disk partitions" window as before, right click on the partition you just backed up (DOUBLE CHECK IT'S THE RIGHT PARTITION FIRST!), right click, click "Delete volume", then once that is done, right click on the other partition, click "Extend volume" and now you'll have a single partition and you can move the data back if needed.
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Originally Posted by amoverclock29 View Post

That's what I did. I connected the old hard drive after setting up the new HDD but the computer booted up from the OS on the old HDD.
Its like I have OS on 2 HDD's, both the old and new.
The system boots up from the OS on the old HDD, so how do I get it to boot from the OS on the new HDD?
Thank you for the quick reply mate

that's why i'm telling you to attach the old hdd AFTER booting, turn on your computer without the old hdd attached, once the windows is done loading then attach the old hdd.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 5/18/13 at 11:08am
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Problem is solved! Thanks a ton everyone. All I had to do was connect the new HDD on SATA port 0 and the old HDD on SATA port 1 (I have 4 SATA ports on the mobo)
After I interchanged the drives on the ports of my mobo the system seemed to boot from the new HDD which I connected to the primary SATA port.
For some reason I couldn't select the right HDD from the bios to boot from.
Nonetheless thanks alot everyone for the replies. I am pretty new to the whole process of building a computer and I suppose you understand how scary and daunting the whole task would seem to a newbie. But this whole process seems alot less scary knowing that I am a member of a forum which has really intelligent people like you guys on it to help us learners out.
This forum has never disappointed me. Thanks again guys. thumb.gif
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Problem is solved! Thanks a ton everyone. All I had to do was connect the new HDD on SATA port 0 and the old HDD on SATA port 1 (I have 4 SATA ports on the mobo)
After I interchanged the drives on the ports of my mobo the system seemed to boot from the new HDD which I connected to the primary SATA port.
For some reason I couldn't select the right HDD from the bios to boot from.
Nonetheless thanks alot everyone for the replies. I am pretty new to the whole process of building a computer and I suppose you understand how scary and daunting the whole task would seem to a newbie. But this whole process seems alot less scary knowing that I am a member of a forum which has really intelligent people like you guys on it to help us learners out.
This forum has never disappointed me. Thanks again guys. thumb.gif

No worries, it gets a lot easier the more times you take everything apart, you'll be putting rigs together with no trouble before you know it. thumb.gif
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yeah, SATA ports dictate boot order, etc. Some even have a blue SATA port to indicate OS Disk.

It takes the place of jumper settings with the old PATA drives.
 
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