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So I just keep running into problem after problem with my new Windows 7 64 bit install. NOW I can't boot into windows unless I have my old XP boot drive hooked up to the PC.


So this is what went down during the install:

All new hardware upgrades installed (down in sig)
Used 3 HDDs from previous rig including old XP drive
Used 1 new 2TB Samsung HDD for fresh Windows 7 64 install
All 4 connected on first BIOS post and into the Windows 7 install


I then installed Windows 7 64 on the new 2TB Samsung. Everything went fine, booted up and everything. Now I just tried to remove the old XP drive and I get "No boot drive please insert boot drive and press any key" or something to that effect. So for the heck of it I threw the old drive back in and it booted up into Windows 7 like normal.





updated:

Thanks for the input guys. I tried it 4 times without the old XP drive installed, and once with it in. It didn't work. The error it showed in the repair tool was no primary partition. Which I found odd that when first installing Windows 7 it didn't require me to format the drive, nor do I remember any screen allowing me to.

It says it repairs the errors every time but it doesn't do anything to help the problem.

So I guess at this point my only option is to reinstall windows. Is there any way I can just save an image of the drive somewhere (besides dvds/thumb drive) and format the drive to have a proper partition then just copy over my current install? I really REALLY would love to avoid a total wipe if possible as I've spent hours and hours configuring the OS and installing programs. confused.giffrown.gif
Edited by Backfat - 1/20/11 at 11:27pm
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Remove XP drive and reinstall 7
Most likely MBR wrote itself on xp drive so you can try repairing windows when xp drive is out.
Write /fixmbr in cmd.
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By the sounds of thing. The Windows 7 installation has put the boot information on the XP drive so when you take it out the XP drive the PC really has nothing to boot.

Best way to fix it is to boot with the Win 7 disk and then use Bootrec.exe(in the recovery console) to build a boot sector on the on Win 7 drive so Windows can boot.

Alternatively you could reinstall windows making sure that at the time only the disk you want Windows 7 on is plugged in to make sure the boot information is on that drive.
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I had a similar problem. Boot with win7 disk having only the drive containing Win 7. Goto repair and select startup repair, that solved the problem for me. See if that works for you as well.
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Originally Posted by Starbuck5000;12063841 
By the sounds of thing. The Windows 7 installation has put the boot information on the XP drive so when you take it out the XP drive the PC really has nothing to boot.

Best way to fix it is to boot with the Win 7 disk and then use Bootrec.exe(in the recovery console) to build a boot sector on the on Win 7 drive so Windows can boot.

Alternatively you could reinstall windows making sure that at the time only the disk you want Windows 7 on is plugged in to make sure the boot information is on that drive.
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Originally Posted by adizz;12063853 
I had a similar problem. Boot with win7 disk having only the drive containing Win 7. Goto repair and select startup repair, that solved the problem for me. See if that works for you as well.



Thanks for the input guys. I tried it 4 times without the old XP drive installed, and once with it in. It didn't work. The error it showed in the repair tool was no primary partition. Which I found odd that when first installing Windows 7 it didn't require me to format the drive, nor do I remember any screen allowing me to.

It says it repairs the errors every time but it doesn't do anything to help the problem.

So I guess at this point my only option is to reinstall windows. Is there any way I can just save an image of the drive somewhere (besides dvds/thumb drive) and format the drive to have a proper partition then just copy over my current install? I really REALLY would love to avoid a total wipe if possible as I've spent hours and hours configuring the OS and installing programs. confused.giffrown.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Backfat;12063808 
So I just keep running into problem after problem with my new Windows 7 64 bit install. NOW I can't boot into windows unless I have my old XP boot drive hooked up to the PC.


So this is what went down during the install:

All new hardware upgrades installed (down in sig)
Used 3 HDDs from previous rig: 2TB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, 320GB Hitachi (previous Win XP boot drive)
Used 1 new 2TB Samsung HDD for fresh Windows 7 64 install
All 4 connected on first BIOS post and into the Windows 7 install


I then installed Windows 7 64 on the new 2TB Samsung. Everything went fine, booted up and everything. I then proceeded to take ownership of the old Win XP drive (which at first I didn't know I had to do to copy files to the new HDD) and copy over whatever files I wanted, so I could throw the old XP drive back into my old PC.

Now I just tried to remove the old XP drive and I get "No boot drive please insert boot drive and press any key" or something to that effect. I thought maybe I accidentally unplugged the cable to one of my other drives, but I hadn't. All three drives showed up in BIOS and I made sure to specifically boot from the new Samsung drive straight from BIOS; to no avail. So for the heck of it I threw the old drive back in and it booted up into Windows 7 like normal.

Extra info: everytime I boot the system, after the system posts past BIOS, I get some black and white screen asking me if I want to boot into Windows 7 or a previous install. The screen also has some funky Windows memory checking option as well.


What did I do wrong? How do I fix this?


/wall of text


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Hmm I had a similar situation. It seems that if there is a previous OS installation, the boot record on that drive will be changed to reflect the new boot drive, thus is why when you take out the old drive, the system is looking for that boot loader on the other drive. You could remove all drives except the one you are installing win7 on and try again, it then will write the MBR on the correct drive.
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I want to know if there is a way I can save an image of the current Win7 drive, format it and just plant the image back on it. And how I would go about doing that.
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