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Swapping HD's and Migrating to Win7


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#1 rushbikes

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:03 PM

Hi all!

 

Currently running Vista on a drive that still works, but I'm told by Vista is faulty. I've tried fixing the drive using various resources to no avail, and so I'm looking to swap out this drive for a new one and, in the process, upgrade to 7.

 

Important files are backed up (only back up, not mirrored or cloned - I'd like to start from scratch with Win7), and I just installed the new drive - it's currently being formatted and assigned a drive letter using the Vista's Computer Management tool.

 

I have a Windows 7 DVD ready to go. Do you think the best course of action is to install it on the new HD, and then change the boot priority in DOS to the new HD before removing the old HD? Is it more complicated than that? Is there a better way? A couple things to note that may or may not be applicable is that the PC does not have an internal DVD-ROM drive, but I've connected an external one via USB. And both HD's are SATA so I don't have to fuss around with jumpers.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:12 PM

Hi rushbikes :)

Personally, I would swap the old hard drive with the new one, then boot from the Windows 7 installation media (CD/DVD or USB) and install Windows 7 that way. It's the easiest way if you ask me. All the drivers will be installed and you can easily download the missing ones after. If you're missing your Ethernet or Network Controller drivers, you can download them from another computer and transfer them after using a USB flash drive, CD/DVD or open a phone.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 06:57 PM

Great idea. Done (nearly). Both hard drives are active, one with Vista and the other w Win7. Upon booting up, BIOS asks me which I'd like to boot. Fair enough...

 

Now when I disconnect the Vista hard drive and turn everything on, my BIOS says "No boot device available," followed by a list of SATA ports, e.g. SATA-0: Installed, SATA-1: None, etc. The only options at this stage are to press Enter to retry (which does nothing).

 

Is there something I need to tweak in my boot setup menu?



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:00 PM

You can leave both drives connected and use EasyBCD free edition to create a custom BCD that will allow you to select the OS in which you want to boot.

https://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:14 PM

If I just want to do away with Vista and the HD it's on, do I still need EasyBCD?



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:17 PM

If I just want to do away with Vista and the HD it's on


Sorry I don't understand what you mean here.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:30 PM

Apologies. Let me clarify.

 

I have two HD's currently installed - one has Vista installed on it and the other has Windows 7. I'm interested in discarding the Vista HD along with Vista, and only keeping Windows 7 and the HD it's on. I do not want the option of booting Vista. Only want 7.

 

When both HD's are connected (as they currently are now), upon booting up, I'm prompted whether I want to load Windows 7 or Vista. But when I disconnect the Vista drive (this is the scenario I'm interested in) I get the "No boot device available" message.

 

How do I establish the Win7 HD as a boot device?



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:39 PM

I get what you mean. Follow the instructions below and give me a screenshot of your Disk Management console please.

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  • For Windows 8, bring the cursor in the bottom left-corner of the screen and wait for the metro preview to open, then right-click on it and select Disk Management;
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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:03 PM

Attached.

 

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:04 PM

I imagine that Disk 0 is Windows Vista, and Disk 1 is Windows 7, is that right? Right-click on E:, do you have an option "Mark as active"?

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:09 PM

Correct. C: is Vista. E: is Win7.

 

Yes, Mark Partition as Active.



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:11 PM

Alright, select "Mark it as active", now try to boot from it.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:19 PM

Well, that did something... Now instead of No boot device available, I get "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:25 PM

You don't have any bootmgr, that's why. Are you able to leave that hard drive connected, then insert the installation media and boot from it? You can use it to access the Recovery PE (by clicking on "Repair your computer"), and from there, opening the command prompt and using the bootrec /fixboot command to write a new boot sector that will be used to boot in your Windows 7.

http://www.7tutorials.com/command-prompt-fix-issues-your-boot-records

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 09:21 PM

Magic!! Booted from the Win 7 DVD and went through Startup Repair. All set.

 

Can't thank you enough for your expertise. Couldn't have done it without your guidance.






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