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Triple boot problem

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#1 PhilDY6


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Posted 06 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

Hello all,

I have an old 160gb HD with a dual boot of Win7(C:) and  XP (D:)  on it, "My Documents" is on a 500gb HD (F:). I have a new 1TB disc. In "My Documents" I have a copy of my Win7 disc installation files as a back-up. I couldn't be bothered to find the disc out so I installed from the hard drive  :nono:  It all went fine until I decided to disconnect my 160gb drive and boot from the 1TB (G:) drive, I got a message saying that there was a missing DLL file. <windows root> \system 32\ HAL dll I think it was.


Is there any way to make it boot from this drive and re-assign it as C:


I want to keep the 160GB drive as an emergency back up in case of problems.





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#2 rockysosua


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Posted 06 October 2014 - 03:12 PM

It sounds a bit complex but my impression is that you won't be able to boot the 1tb drive, as some data, such as the MBR, has been written to the 160 gig drive, thus the 1TB drive is dependent on it to boot.

If you're short of connections, swap the wires from your DVD to plug the 160 gigger back in, work out the proper boot order and see if the 1TB drive will boot.

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 11:45 AM

You can use EasyBCD...to edit/rearrange your boot files.  As long as you boot into any version of Windows and have a Win 7 install...you should be able to use EasyBCD.


Free Version, EasyBCD 


If you decide to try that, please read the instructions for the program before attempting anything.



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