help with windows 7 install from online download

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  1. the_4ork

    the_4ork Master Guru

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    so a few years ago i purchased win7 online and downloaded it and installed it onto my 37gb raptor drive.

    that drive is so tiny it became a pain in my butt, so i bought a cheap 320gb hard drive and installed that, then i downloaded the windows file again from microsoft and installed windows on that.

    then if i remove the raptor drive windows wont boot.

    So i just left it installed for a few years...

    well now im getting tired of having it installed and space is a premium, plus the damn thing is a heat pump.

    I want a bigger drive again, and i'd like to have a bootable copy of windows on that, without having all my other drives still installed.

    So, how the heck do i install windows and not have to have my damn raptor installed?
     
  2. mbk1969

    mbk1969 Ancient Guru

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    Try install Windows with only one disk connected.
     
  3. rflair

    rflair Coleus Staff Member

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    In your BIOS which drive is the Boot drive?

    The problem your having usually only happens when installing Windows, you use its installer and select a drive other then the Boot drive in the BIOS to install on. It is still using the boot sector of your original drive.
     
  4. the_4ork

    the_4ork Master Guru

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    so how do i fix it?
     

  5. Extraordinary

    Extraordinary Ancient Guru

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    Take out the drives you dont want in, and reinstall windows on the drive you do want in

    Or - remove the raptor, boot from the windows DVD, repair console > CMD >

    BootRec.exe /fixmbr


    you can also substitue the /fixmbr with thes commands:

    /FixBoot. Writes a boot sector onto the system partition to start Windows

    /ScanOs. Scans all disks for Windows installations and displays them to you.

    /RebuildBcd. Scans all disks for Windows installations and prompts you to pick the ones you want to add to the BCD.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/17521-how-fix-mbr-through-command-prompt.html
     

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