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#1 Kardis

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:06 AM

My main drive is dying, so I copied my boot partition to another drive.  I then used EasyBCD to change the boot drive to the new one, and changed the BCD entry to point to the new drive's OS.   Strangely though, if I boot with both drives plugged in, it sends me to my old drive, but if I unplug the old drive it lets me get to the login screen, but never logs in.  I've never actually moved a bootable partition like this so I'm sure there's some basic thing I'm not realizing.  Any suggestions?



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:31 AM

What is the make and model of the computer? 


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:41 AM

I built it myself.  The motherboard is a Z77 MPower (MS-7751).  If you want more details let me know.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:59 AM

Windows 8 doesnt have a "boot" partition. you would have had to copy the entire Windows 8 partition. Are you able to boot into windows at all or do you have a Windows 8 install dvd? If you can get into windows run the command prompt as administrator type bcdedit /enum all >%userprofile%\desktop\bcdoutput.txt this will place the bcdoutput text file on your desktop. Copy and past the results in your next reply. If you need to run the command from The windows 8 recovery console or you have any issues let me know.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:28 AM

Just curious, What did You use to copy the drive?

When You say Copy do You mean You used software to Clone the drive?

 

Windows 8 can picky that way.

One way to do it would be to use the Windows 8 software

How to create a Windows system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8

 

Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the ability to create a system image that can be used to restore your computer's hard drives back to the exact state they were in when you created the backup.

How to use System Image Recovery in the Windows 7 and Windows 8 Recovery Environment

 

In the event that you are unable to start Windows or wish to restore your hard drives to a previous backup you can use the System Image Recovery program from the Windows 7 or Windows 8 Recovery Environment.

 

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:36 AM

The bcd text file wasn't successful.  Not sure why.  windows is working fine, but here's the output.

 

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
Access is denied.
 
To copy the partition I used "partition magic"


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:51 AM

You need to open an elevated command prompt (run as administrator). Hold down the "Windows" key and press X select "Command prompt (admin)" try the command again.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 11:01 AM

Ah, thanks.
 
Windows Boot Manager
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identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  boot
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-GB
inherit                 {globalsettings}
integrityservices       Enable
resumeobject            {f08b5a53-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e}
displayorder            {63f61e35-1f9a-11e3-beeb-00268339f71e}
                        {current}
                        {59f5c889-5f91-11e3-bf12-00268339f71e}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 10
displaybootmenu         Yes
 
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=F:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows 8-New
locale                  en-US
osdevice                partition=F:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {b9377136-5f65-11e3-bf11-806e6f6e6963}
 
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {59f5c889-5f91-11e3-bf12-00268339f71e}
device                  partition=F:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows 8 New
locale                  en-US
osdevice                partition=F:
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resumeobject            {fbc37808-5f92-11e3-bf14-806e6f6e6963}
nx                      OptIn
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debug                   No
 
Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {f08b5a55-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e}
device                  ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\f08b5a55-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e\Winre.wim,{f08b5a56-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e}
path                    \windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows Recovery Environment
locale                  en-GB
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displaymessage          Recovery
osdevice                ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\f08b5a55-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e\Winre.wim,{f08b5a56-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e}
systemroot              \windows
nx                      OptIn
bootmenupolicy          Standard
winpe                   Yes
 
Resume from Hibernate
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identifier              {b9377136-5f65-11e3-bf11-806e6f6e6963}
device                  partition=F:
path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description             Microsoft Windows 8-New
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice              partition=F:
filepath                \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled      No
 
Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier              {fbc37808-5f92-11e3-bf14-806e6f6e6963}
device                  partition=F:
path                    \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description             Microsoft Windows 8 New
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice              partition=F:
filepath                \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled      No
 
Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier              {memdiag}
device                  boot
path                    \Boot\memtest.exe
description             Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale                  en-GB
inherit                 {globalsettings}
badmemoryaccess         Yes
 
Real-mode Boot Sector
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identifier              {63f61e35-1f9a-11e3-beeb-00268339f71e}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \NST\AutoNeoGrub0.mbr
description             Linux
 
EMS Settings
------------
identifier              {emssettings}
bootems                 No
 
Debugger Settings
-----------------
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RAM Defects
-----------
identifier              {badmemory}
 
Global Settings
---------------
identifier              {globalsettings}
inherit                 {dbgsettings}
                        {emssettings}
                        {badmemory}
 
Boot Loader Settings
--------------------
identifier              {bootloadersettings}
inherit                 {globalsettings}
                        {hypervisorsettings}
 
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Resume Loader Settings
----------------------
identifier              {resumeloadersettings}
inherit                 {globalsettings}
 
Device options
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identifier              {f08b5a56-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e}
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ramdisksdidevice        partition=C:
ramdisksdipath          \Recovery\f08b5a55-7159-11e2-949a-b1ec98ce9b9e\boot.sdi


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

Which Drive letter is the "New" windows installation? lol I see it now.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 11:26 AM

open the run box (Windows key +R) type %systemroot% and press enter. Wich drive does it take you to?


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 11:35 AM

That takes me to F.  



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 12:09 PM

 Whats hapening is the Grub bootloader (your Easybcd) entry is pointing to the wrong drive. When you remove the drive and boot from the "F" drive its likely the BCD entries are set to the C drive becuase thats how they were when you copied the C: drive to the F: drive.

 

Run this command next from an elevated command prompt bcdedit /store "F:\windows\system32 >%userprofile%\desktop\fdrivebcd.txt if the output is different post the results if its the same run the command again changing it to bcdedit /store "C:\windows\system32 >%userprofile%\desktop\cdrivebcd.txt 

 

Edit: do you have access to a Windows 8 install disk?


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 12:26 PM

I ran bcdedit /store "F:\windows\system32 >%userprofile%\desktop\fdrivebcd.txt in an elevated prompt (pasted it in just to be sure I didn't make a typo the first time), but it returned this.

 

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.

The system cannot find the file specified.

 

I wasn't sure if you wanted that quote mark before f, so i also tried it with the quote removed.  It gave me this in the file

 

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.

The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
 
both done with administrator prompt.
 
Edit. also yes I do have a Win 8 install disk.

Edited by Kardis, 08 December 2013 - 12:27 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:01 PM

Thats good that means the system is using the bcd from the F: drive. Depending on your hibernation settings the BCD is always "open" but can be edited using bcdedit on the local system. remove the Easybcd entry by typing under elevated command prompt bcdedit /delete {63f61e35-1f9a-11e3-beeb-00268339f71e}. Your computer should now boot to the F: drive. If it doesn't boot use your Windows 8 install disk to repair Windows it will rebuild the bcd with the proper entries. Lastly your advanced boot options (Windows recovery) entry is pointing to your old Windows installation too so you will need your windows 8 dvd if you ever have problems booting.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

That command took away the linux option.  It seems that my new install is referencing the C drive, would you suggest that I use diskpart to rename F to C, or do you foresee any complications in doing that?

 

 I should also mention that I had 2 BCD entries for my F drive, which may have been confusing.






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