Making second drive boot drive.

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  1. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    Hi
    I have a 160Gig as drive 0 and I installed a 1Tb drive that I installed Windows 8.1 WMC on about two weeks ago.
    I now want to remove the 160Gig drive. I have tried removing the drive and putting the 1Tb drive on SATA port 0 but it will not boot I used Computer Manager to set the 1Tb drive active. It shows as boot but still it will not boot from this drive. Once I put the 160Gig back in it boots fine. Is there any way to do this without reinstalling windows 8.1 WMC.
     
  2. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    No
    It is not raid
    I had this problem before but I cant remember how to fix it.
     
  3. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    Is there any reason why you can't leave both drives in the computer? Then you could run Windows from the smaller HD and put all your stuff (music, photos, movies, etc.) on the 1TB HD.
     
  4. Ming_the_Merciless

    Ming_the_Merciless MDL Member

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    When you view the drives in "Disk Management", does the 160GB show as "boot"? That would explain why you need it to boot. I think EasyBCD can make the 1TB the boot drive, but I am not an expert on using it and using it the wrong way will ensure you'll have to start fresh.
     
  5. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    If I understand what he did, he switched the SATA cable from 1 to 0. That won't do the job. He needs to go into his bios and set the boot drive to the HD that he wants to be the boot device.
     
  6. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    Try a Start Up Repair from the install media.
     
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  7. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    I tried startup repair and it came back with an error.
    And no I did not just changed the cable from 1 to 0 I used Windows disk managment tool to change the drive to active which put the drive as boot drive. I will upload a photo of disk managment Rock.

    I think last time with Windows 8 I used a thrid party disk managment tool to fix it.
    but not sure.
    I want to put the 160Gig drive in my server. Because the drive in it is starting to fail.
     
  8. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    Disk Managment.jpg

    Here is the photo of disk Managment
     
  9. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    So, the 1TB drive is split into two data partitions, neither of which contains the OS, yet one of those partitions is labeled "boot", while the OS is on the 160GB drive? I hope an expert on drive/partition management can contribute, looks like a mess to me. Hope you get it fixed.
     
  10. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    No the one partition of the 1Tb has the OS on it not the 160Gig
     
  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    As you installed Windows 8.1 on the 1TB HDD, were the 160GB HDD still as drive 0 in the machine and running?
     
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  12. lt

    lt MDL Novice

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    your bcd store is located in disk 0 system reserved partition and the boot manager uses it to tell where your windows files are . so when you removed disk 0, it wouldnt know what to do.

    you need to create a new bcd store and save it to your new 1tb drive before removing the 160gb drive:
    - open a cmd prompt as admin
    - type in this command and press enter: bcdboot c:\windows /s c: (make sure c: contains \windows directory)
    - now turn off system, remove old drive and reboot

    hope that helps
     
  13. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    Lt is correct. I'd even go further by pulling out the 160GB, Booting into WinPE & running the BCDBOOT command from there.
     
  14. maddog0266

    maddog0266 MDL Expert

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    I removed the 160Gig and reinstalled Windows already. But thanks for the info. Next time I will try that.
     
  15. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    You need to make the 1tb drive the "ACTIVE" partition, and then run bcdboot pointing at the target windows folder.
    Example:
    d:\windows\system32\bcdboot d:\windows

    To make the d drive the active partition you gotta run diskpart:
    select volume d
    active

    You might or might not need to select disk first... I'm not sure..
     
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