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Migrating/copying boot partition to another HDD partition

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    Migrating/copying boot partition to another HDD partition


    Hi,

    I have win 8 pro installed & two HDDs with two partions each , I want to migrate the boot partition to another partition on the second drive .

    It would have been easier if i would have just cloned the complete drives but one of the partions on the 2nd drive has data which cannot be deleted .

    So I have Drive 1 - Partitions C: ( boot partition ) & D:

    Drive 2 - Partitions E: & F:

    I want to remove Drive 1 from my PC so i want to copy C: to E: then remove drive 1 & boot from E:

    I tried "Easeus todo backup" , did not work, it does not make the copy bootable , to make it bootale the whole drive has to be copied .

    I tried making an image of C: using win8 inbuilt backup feature then removed drive 1 , installed win8 on E: then tried restoring the image of C: but i got some error.

    Is there any other way using freeware that can do the job?

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    You probably forgot to copy/move the bootmgr in the system partition. Have a look into your Disk Management.

    I use free Macrium for such tasks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    My issue was migrating a partition to another partition, migrating a disk is easy , when migrating only partitions none of these partition/backup softwares were able to make the new partition bootable , I tried easeus , paragon , 2-3 other brands , also tried to make it bootable using CMD & bootrec command , gave up & just did a fresh install .
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    You probably forgot to copy/move the bootmgr in the system partition. Have a look into your Disk Management.

    I use free Macrium for such tasks.
    Did not try macrium , will try it next time, but all softwares that i tried did not copy mbr/boot manager to the new partition.
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    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd111 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    You probably forgot to copy/move the bootmgr in the system partition. Have a look into your Disk Management.

    I use free Macrium for such tasks.
    Did not try macrium , will try it next time, but all softwares that i tried did not copy mbr/boot manager to the new partition.
    We are not talking about the MBR. We are talking about the system partition.

    Post a screen shot of your Disk Management as theog suggested. Then we'll see.
    Last edited by whs; 31 Jan 2013 at 15:34.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd111 View Post
    Did not try macrium , will try it next time, but all softwares that i tried did not copy mbr/boot manager to the new partition.
    The "boot manager" is a directory and bunch of files. In preinstalled systems, there is a separate "boot" partition that contains these. IF you use MR to migrate ONLY the OS partition to another drive, it will not automatically migrate the "boot" partition as well -- unless you tell it to. IF, as on my system, you have moved the "boot" stuff to be INSIDE the Windows OS partition, then migrating that will also migrate the "boot" stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Can you post a screen shot of Disk management? Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
    Already done a fresh install so cant post screenshots ,


    Disk Management looked like this -

    Disk1 - C: ( Boot, page file , crash dump , active ) , D:

    Disk2 - E: ( Clone of c ) ( Active ) , F:


    "Boot , page file , crash dump" were missing from the new cloned partition
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jd111 View Post
    Did not try macrium , will try it next time, but all softwares that i tried did not copy mbr/boot manager to the new partition.
    The "boot manager" is a directory and bunch of files. In preinstalled systems, there is a separate "boot" partition that contains these. IF you use MR to migrate ONLY the OS partition to another drive, it will not automatically migrate the "boot" partition as well -- unless you tell it to. IF, as on my system, you have moved the "boot" stuff to be INSIDE the Windows OS partition, then migrating that will also migrate the "boot" stuff.
    There was no separate boot partition ( If you are talking about the 100-350mb system reserved partition ) , Disk 1 had no partitions when windows was installed, i made a partition later.
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