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Booting off wrong drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I will try to explain as best as I can.

    I installed Vista as a dual boot (2) separate hard drives C:\Vista and

    D:\XP.  I used Easy BCD 1.52.

    When I decided that I wanted to delete XP and the dual boot setup, I went

    into EBCD and deleted the XP boot option.  WRONG!!!

    This is where the problems started.  I was trying to format the D:\

    partition after that and was not able to do so.  No matter what I tried it

    would not format.

    So I decided to reinstall Vista to the C:\ drive.  When I got an option to

    format the D:\ partition during installation I took the opportunity to do so.

     Unknown to me the boot files where again installed onto D:\ and the

    system files installed onto C:\.  I am now back where I was a week ago.  I

    can’t format the D:\ drive because Boot and Bootmgr are on the D:\ drive.  If I delete them (very hard to do) then I have no boot files to reboot.

    What can I do in this situation short of a complete reinstall?  Is there any

    way to move the Boot files to C:\?

    Thanks Irv

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 7:47 PM

All replies

  • The first thing I would try is to go into your bios,
    -change the boot priority so that your c:\ is the 2nd boot device
    -disable/remove your d:\ from the boot list, (or if you are able to, open the case and unplug the 2nd drive)
    -make your dvd/cd rom drive the 1st boot device

    -boot into the Vista installation rom
    -click on 'repair my computer'
    -choose the c:\ when it asks which OS
    -click on Statup Repair

    If that does not work, go into 'repair my computer'
    -choose c:\
    -select 'command prompt'
    Then type:
    bootrec.exe
    c: 
    cd boot 
    attrib bcd -s -h -r 
    bootrec /RebuildBcd 

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:55 PM