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BCDEDIT / Trying to add 2nd HDD

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#1 TreeDT


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 09:13 PM

I am trying to add a second hard drive to my HP laptop, both drives have Windows Vista and are healthy.  I can see both drives in Windows Explorer and access the files of both.  They are both listed on the Computer Management and Device Manager.  My BIOS does not show the option for a second hard drive to be used for booting.  In order to add the device I have tried to use BCDEDIT.  The error I keep getting is that "a description for the new entry must be specified".  Here is what my log shows:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
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Windows Boot Manager
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=C:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {current}
resumeobject            {f9fef231-d622-11dc-a957-b443ad44f611}
displayorder            {current}
toolsdisplayorder       {bdbdbd00-6057-11e0-a7f3-ce9adfd72001}
timeout                 30
resume                  No

Windows Boot Loader
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Vista
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence        {572bcd55-ffa7-11d9-aae2-0007e994107d}
recoveryenabled         Yes
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {f9fef231-d622-11dc-a957-b443ad44f611}
nx                      OptIn
bootlog                 No



The command that I tried to run was as follows:


bcdedit /copy {current} /f "Vista F Drive"


Not sure what to try at this point in order to get this finally work.  Please help.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 05:40 PM

I believe this won't work since you are trying to boot from two identical OSs. also, unless the second HD came out of an identical HP computer it almost certainly won't have the correct and necessary drivers on it. further, I would have to ask what is the point of trying to boot from either of two copies of the same OS ?  Would you not be better just formatting this second drive and using it for additional data storage ?


I run Win 7 and I have run XP in a VM on my 'C' drive and my own computer dual boots into Win 7 or Linux Mint but Mint is installed on a separate hard drive, although it would work just as well in a separate partition. Are you trying to fit this HS internally or via a USB connection ?


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