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XP drive ate my Win 7 boot

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#1 FrankenPengie


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 01:56 PM

So I was working on an email box for an elder and the mainboard was bad so I hooked her up with a new cheapie. Being as she'd like her files I put her drive in the removable bay on my machine to burn her data. Upon boot it booted to her drive saying "This copy of Windows needs to be Activated...". So I cancel out of all that and reboot, checking the BIOS settings. Boot sequence was correct so I tried again and it booted to my Win 7, but it said that it needed to be rebooted to apply the changes. ?!?!?!? "Uh oh", me thinks. I copy her stuff into a folder before pulling the drive and rebooting to see what happened. No bootmbr found! The system repair doesn't work, bootrec doesn't work... Most of the time it doesn't even see that Windows is on there. I can't get a BCD rebuild if it doesn't see the OS.

WTF happened?!

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#2 ratchet48


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:51 PM

Have you seen How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows?

Best 30 bucks I ever spent;
Ultra USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable for 2.5-Inch/ 3.5-Inch / 5.25-Inch Drive with Power Adapter

No more slaving drives to my computer, shows up as removable drive.

Edited by ratchet48, 27 January 2010 - 08:58 PM.

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