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Hello, I recently reformatted my rig so I can get rid of my SSD, I was lazy so I didn't take out the SSD and now there's a 100MB "System Reserved" partition on it, what do I do so that I don't need the SSD. I already copied the boot information to my C drive in a attempt and copied the partition as a whole into a new partition I created on my WD Black, but still it says BOOT MGR is missing, help?
    
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AFAIK, you need to do a clean re-install with only your boot drive in. There's no way to simply move the partition over.
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Originally Posted by EfemaN View Post
AFAIK, you need to do a clean re-install with only your boot drive in. There's no way to simply move the partition over.
Yes there is. Download EasyBCD. It will copy your Bootrec files to any place you want/need them.

The reason copying the files didn't work, is because you need to have a program place the BCD (Boot Configuration Data) at the very first sector of your HDD.
Edited by xandypx - 2/14/11 at 4:27pm
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So what exactly am I doing, I installed it but am clueless.
    
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bump, still need help here
    
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Sorry, forgot about this thread.

Ok, boot into windows, which I assume you still can, with the ssd attached. DO NOT REBOOT UNTIL YOU ARE FINISED!

1.While in Windows, launch EasyBCD, and select "EasyBCD Power Console" from the "Utilities" page.

2.Type the following at the command prompt window, replacing "D:\\" with the letter of the drive or partition you want to become the new boot drive. (I would assume C: ) Pess "Enter" after each line.

Replace "/drive 0" in the second line with the number of the drive (should correspond with the sata port the drive is plugged into) with the new boot partition. (this is the location of your C:\\ Drive, where you want the bootmanager)

If you're not sure of the number, repeat that line each time using a new number from 0 to 5 (it won't hurt anything if you run it for the wrong drive).

bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
mbrfix.exe /drive 0 fixmbr /vista /yes
xcopy %systemroot%\\Boot\\PCAT\\* D:\\Boot\\ /K /Y /R /H /E /I
move D:\\Boot\\bootmgr D:\\bootmgr
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
bcdedit /export D:\\Boot\\BCD
exit

3.Open the Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management

4.Click on "Disk Management" in the sidebar on the left.

5.Right click on drive D:\\ (or whichever drive it is you want to become the new boot drive) and choose "Mark Partition As Active". If this option is grayed out, don't worry - that means its already active and you can skip on ahead to the next step.

6.Close EasyBCD & restart your computer.

7.Since the new boot partition is on a different physical drive, enter your BIOS setup and change the "first boot device" to the hard disk the new boot partition is on. If you want to remove the SSD, you should be able to remove it now.
Edited by xandypx - 2/19/11 at 8:49pm
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Ahh, that solves it.
    
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NVM, it's still broken, when I remove the SSD and set my caviar as first, BOOTMGR is missing. Here is what Disk Management shows:

    
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Follow these steps to recreate your bootloader.

Follow the three steps in order. You may not need to run all three. Even though the instructions say Vista, Win7's uses the same bootloader.

Recover bootloader
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