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I have a problem with my boot manager.

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A few week ago I bough a new HDD, I installed windows on it, but I also had windows on another hard drive(I left it there to pass files documents and backups). When I finished with the files I needed to take out, I tried to format though windows(Right click on drive the format) but I could not, so I restarted my rig and booted the windows installation dive and formatted the drive through there. (Here comes the problem) When I restarted the PC I get a message saying that boot manager is missing(in it abbreviation, I dont remember it). I tried every possible method of fixing(cmd commands(though the windows recovery thing in the disc) I got from a tutorial and a few other things). I ended up reinstalling windows and when the rig restarted to continue the installation there was the copy I wanted to use on the new drive, it was called "windows 7 (recovered)". Then I formatted to see if the problem was fixed but then the same happened, then i had to reinstall windows again. Now i have two copies of windows in my rig and one of them is there so that the other one is there.

In short: When I delete the latest installation of windows, it seems I also delete the boot manager and then I cant boot into any other os installed on the system

When I say windows i mean Windows 7 x64, from the same disk.
post #2 of 4
So you can't just wipe over everything and install?
post #3 of 4
From what I understand, You are trying to dual boot more than one OS? Are both windows?

When Dual booting, wiping one operating system, especially the one that is tied to the bootloader can cause issues. If you plan on wiping one of your multiple OS's I would leave your main OS as the one with the bootloader. If you wipe the bootloader, you will have to reinstall and add the other OS's back to the bootloader.
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If I understand you correctly...

You installed windows 7 on the new HDD, but the "old" HDD was still attached at the time you did the installation?

If this is the case, the new installation just re-wrote to the Bootloader on the old drive, rather than create a new one on the new drive. When you removed/formatted the old drive, you wiped the bootloader, and when you attempted a repair, with no bootloader, the win7 DVD was unable to locate the OS installation.

When you reinstalled, the second time.. the win7 installer made a copy of your old installation (which should actually be the "new installation on the new drive), but now the bootloader is referencing both the old and "brand new" (3rd installation)? Is this correct.

If so, can you explain exactly what you have now on each of the HDDs? This is more than likely just going to need a change/relocation of the BCD (Boot Configuration Bata), but with the information you have supplied, it is difficult to tell you exactly what to do next.
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