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make a dual boot pc into a single boot pc ,wheres the bcd stored?


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#1 26sw905

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

I have a pc with win vista on hdd 0 and win 7 on hdd 1 both are a SATA connected disk drives ,the system boots up on the win 7 choice of o/s but not with the windows vista selection , when the system has booted in win 7 I can hear hdd 0 restarting and spinning up so I'm thinking that theres either a data parity error or a hardware issue with the disk drive ,what I would like to do is convert the pc to just run on windows 7 because I dont really use the windows vista o/s much , if its a hardware fault I would like to replace the hard drive but only have a single o/s on the system , I would like to know where the BCD file is kept and also how to go about this task of going from a dual boot to single boot system with just the 1 o/s.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

The Vista bootloader and the Win 7 bootloader are the same.

I can't answer your question but my guess would be that the boot files on are on the Win 7 hard drive, if it's the latter install.

I'd probably just install EasyBCD on the Win 7 drive...and then see if it automatically recognizes the Vista install. If not, then manually add the Vista install to EasyBCD, making Win 7 the default. That should (IMO) ensure that Win 7 remains bootable. Then just format/remove the Vista drive.

A simple way to find out...is to temporarily detach the Vista drive...and see if Win 7 boots. If it does, the files are on the Win 7 drive :).

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Edited by hamluis, 01 February 2013 - 11:55 AM.


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

well I found the problem , it was a dodgy SATA/MOLEX power adapter cable I changed this for a new one and now the drive doesn't restart all the time , I then had trouble with the Vista o/s loading so I did the repair from the Vista DVD and now it boots just fine , thanks for the reply though.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

:thumbup2: , nice work...happy computing :).

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