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System and Active disk are on the wrong drive!!!!

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    System and Active disk are on the wrong drive!!!!


    I used to have windows 7 on a 500GB HD and a large 2TB data HD for photos. I decided to install an SSD and a clean install of Windows 8.1 on the SSD. After that worked ok I formatted the old HD that had Win7 and used it as another data drive.

    I was a bit surprised to look in disk management and see

    U: 500GB Primary (old Win7 OS drive)
    C: Boot, Page File, Crash dump, Primary (new SSD Win8 drive)
    R: 2TB System, Active,Primary (photo drive that has never had an OS on it!!!!)

    I came across this when I was using Filehistory and saw the system image icon. however it is insisting on including the R Drive in the image because it thinks it is a system drive. From a little bit of searching i can see Active and system are completely wrong for R: since the OS only resides on the new SSD. This doens't sound like a good place to be.

    How do i fix this as have 800GB of photos on R:!!!

    Thanks for any advice

    Mike

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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Classic mistake. You did not disconnect the HDDs when you installed 8.1 on the SSD. Then the installer grabs the first disk it finds to place the bootmgr. There is no danger for your photos, but performance is going to be slower than expected with a SSD. There are 2 things you can do:

    1. Reinstall 8.1 on the SSD with the HDDs physically disconnected (pull the power rail). Change the BIOS boot order to boot from the SSD. Then deactivate the HDD.
    2. Try this which works for Win 7 but I have never tried it on 8.1. So it is at your own risk.
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    That is so irritating why would someone write that! I assume reinstall Win8 means wipe the whole thing and reinstall all programs etc. Took me 2 days so I don't think I'm up for doing that.

    Is performance just affected on booting or once system is up and running?

    Thanks
    Mike
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    Isn't Bootmgr on C: as it says "Boot"?
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    Is this the same solution?

    System Reserved partition on wrong drive - how do I move it? - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I assume its put the "system reserved" on the wrong disk
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by masplin View Post
    Isn't Bootmgr on C: as it says "Boot"?
    No, the bootmgr is on the active partition. And yes, the performance impact is on boot.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by masplin View Post
    That is so irritating why would someone write that! I assume reinstall Win8 means wipe the whole thing and reinstall all programs etc. Took me 2 days so I don't think I'm up for doing that.

    Is performance just affected on booting or once system is up and running?

    Thanks
    Mike
    Sorry, but you did not do it right in the first place. What do you want me to tell you. It's live and learn.
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    No problem thanks for your advice. i'm asking the EasyBCD forum if anyone has tried it on Win so I'll report back what they say

    Cheers
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    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    ...Sorry, but you did not do it right in the first place...
    hey whs! howszitgoin'? I also did something wrong. Anyway, I think I diddled with EasyBCD at home on my W7Pro a little too much. I can either boot System Reserved or boot from C-drive. I can't remember how to safely remove that C-drive booting using EasyBCD. I ended up having two tiny slivers of unallocated spaces - one before C-partition and one before D-partition. I think EasyBCD saved original settings somewhere. Could I invoke that and put me back to where I was before I diddled with EasyBCD? Not only that, I can no longer rename my LocalDrive D to S01_D1 -- within explorer.exe anymore.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I would just settle for one entry in the bootmgr and delete the other one with EasyBCD.

    https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/ba...eting-entries/
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