New HDD, broken MBR (no bootable device found)

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by krneki, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. krneki

    krneki MDL Novice

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  2. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    apparently your BOOT was actually on your old #2 HDD. BCDEdit
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=C:
     
  3. Snuffy

    Snuffy MDL Expert

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    apparently your BOOT was actually on your old #2 HDD. BCDEdit
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=C:
     
  4. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

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    I'm certain Snuffy is correct. Put back your old #2 hdd and watch your system boot. This situation usually occurs when doing a clean install of windows and having more than one drive installed. I've done it to myself - sure was frustrating running all those bootrec commands successfully and still not able to boot. Windows: when it comes to installing, it's the ebola of OS's.
     
  5. Leslie_Coffelt

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    #5 Leslie_Coffelt, Oct 17, 2014
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    When installing Windows, don't use the entire drive. Leave some free space. I think it's 100MB for 7 and 350MB for 8. Then everything, including those pesky 'system' files, will be contained on the single physical drive.