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Can't remove or format a drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit with Media Center

    Can't remove or format a drive


    Hello,
    my c drive is starting to fill up, so I decided to move and reorganize some "stuff"
    Everything went fine and I have a full backup on an external 3TB drive. I also have two separate 2 TB external drives and all is fine.

    My last task, before moving/deleting all my pictures and videos (30.000 in total) off my c drive, was to format all my other internal drives and/or remove/upgrade them to bigger ones and this is where I ran into a problem.

    I have win 8.1 with all service updates as of today. My computer specs are all in my info.

    I want to remove the drive G: and replace it with a 2TB one, I deleted everything from the old drive, but when I removed it, I got a boot error.
    What I found was, that the hidden files in the picture bellow are still on it and needed to boot.

    How can I move these files onto my C: drive?

    I found one tip, to use this command: bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
    but it didn't change the fact that the computer doesn't boot without the G: drive attached.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Here is a picture of my drives.
    Click image for larger version

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can do this
    Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Also make the C: drive = disk 0
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You can do this
    Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Also make the C: drive = disk 0
    That worked great, thank you very much!

    Click image for larger version

    how can I make the C: drive = disk 0? I tried to fiscally plug it into the other SATA connector on the MB, but that didn't do it. My MB has 10 SATA connectors, but only 2 of them are SATA 3 6Gb/s and none of them makes the C drive disk 0

    Is it important to do or can I just leave it the way it is?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    The drive number is assigned by the motherboard and you'd change them by swapping the cables. If your board is assigning IDE (or slower SATA) first and then you'll not get drive 0. I wouldn't worry about it - it is still the first bootable drive.
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  6. #6


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You have System and Boot on C:, but G: is still active - C: needs to be made active.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You need to Mark the G: HD Drive INACTIVE
    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by DataAndroid View Post
    I found one tip, to use this command: bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
    but it didn't change the fact that the computer doesn't boot without the G: drive attached.
    Since the boot files need to be in an active partition, all you needed to do was mark the C: partition active, the bcdboot command was fine. However, you may need to re-register your recovery system. Run the command reagentc /info in an administrative command prompt and it will show if it is set up correctly.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 16
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You need to Mark the G: HD Drive INACTIVE
    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums
    done!
    worked perfectly

    thanks a lot for all your help guys!
    I'm ready to move/copy files around.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome.
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