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    Ok so last night I installed my secondary drive hoping to boost performance. I wanted to copy my data partition over to it and reassign the drive letter. Now Windows will not boot.

    This was the setup before the copy:
    C: Main Windows
    D: Main Storage
    E: Main Linux
    F: Linux Swap

    Blah: Unallocated secondary disc

    Needless to say, all lettered drives where on the same drive.

    This was what I told Acronis to do:

    Copy partition D: to unallocated space on second drive and expand partition from 600 -> 700 Gb naming new partition H:. Rename partition D: to G:, then rename H: to D: effectively copying my storage partition to the new drive and invalidating the data on the main drive but retaining it in case of disc failure.

    I tried to boot and got MBR failure. Booted recovery console and did a fixmbr. Now I get nothing. Just a blinking cursor after post. WTH!?

    Now I'm pretty sure that if I did a repair install of Windows on C: it'll probably fix it but I don't want to do that with Win7 in the mail. Just seems like a waste.

    Anyone have any idea how I can get this setup to boot the way I need it?

    EDIT: Scratch all that. I'll have Win7 in my mailbox when I get home. I'll just boot a live disc and pull off the files I want and wipe it and install Win7.
    Last edited by Spyder228; 10-22-2009, 11:03 AM.


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    Re: Hard Drive Help

    Making sure I have the right order of steps you took:

    1)Copy partition D: to unallocated space on second drive

    Is that the drive H?

    2) and expand partition from 600 -> 700 Gb naming new partition H:.

    Did you expand the partition on the first disk, and if so did you bump into your windows partition?

    3) Rename partition D: to G:, then rename H: to D: effectively copying my storage partition to the new drive and invalidating the data on the main drive but retaining it in case of disc failure.

    So disk one now has:
    C: Main Windows
    D: Main Storage (now G: ) expanded another 100 GB?
    E: Main Linux
    F: Linux Swap
    Disk two:
    H: (now D: )

    Now I'm pretty sure that if I did a repair install of Windows on C: it'll probably fix it but I don't want to do that with Win7 in the mail. Just seems like a waste.

    I think you are correct to assume that installing a fresh copy of 7 and then retrieving your files from your old drive is the best option at this point.
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      Re: Hard Drive Help

      The unallocated space on the second drive was first formatted as drive H:. The partition should have been expanded AFTER copying but before changing the drive letter. Original partition D: on the first drive should not have been alter except for changing it's drive letter.


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        Re: Hard Drive Help

        Originally posted by Spyder228 View Post
        The unallocated space on the second drive was first formatted as drive H:. The partition should have been expanded AFTER copying but before changing the drive letter. Original partition D: on the first drive should not have been alter except for changing it's drive letter.
        I think you are making your partition scheme unnecessarily complex as the drive letter doesn't matter except for your Windows and Program files which it looks like should all be on C:

        If you didn't alter C: I don't know why you would have run into the MBR problem unless it was in the unallocated space that you expanded the partition into.

        I'm so confused, I really don't have any further input.
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          Re: Hard Drive Help

          Basically I wanted to move my D: partition (which housed all program files) to the separate drive but couldn't accomplish that without changing drive letters. It would have done me no good to just clone the D: to the new drive as Windows would still look for things on the D: partition on the same drive as windows.

          I have no idea what went wrong but Win7 should solve my woes. Trading a night of ArmA for installing an OS and all my games again.


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