Cloned C drive and want to boot off the newer drive

  1. So my C drive is 500gb and pretty much full, so I got a 2TB drive and cloned all of C's contents over.
    I tried changing the bios to recognise the 2TB drive as the main one, but it wouldn't boot.

    How can I copy the MBR over or just tell the computer to boot off the new drive. I've read about the spark plug things but my dad says that they're pretty old and not needed any more

    Also tried googling how to turn a slave drive into master drive but I really need something fairly simple and probably step by step if possible please :)

    Oh and it's a Hitachi Deckster 7k2000
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

  3. JustAnotherGuy2

    JustAnotherGuy2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used Drive Image XML to clone it, but unfortunately the windows 7 disk went missing recently, so a method of doing it without needing the disk would be preferable :)
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    1) You can download Win 7 32 and 64 bit recovery CD ISOs HERE

    2) Also checkout EasyBCD tool. It helps manage boot environments. i've never used it to move boot across disks but others seem to have used it for that successfully

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    Quote from EasyBCD overview
  5. JustAnotherGuy2

    JustAnotherGuy2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks, its sorta worked, but unfortunately it wasn't what I wanted

    It allows me to duel boot windows 7, but if I load it off the new drive, it runs the system files from that drive but loads the programs from the other, also loads my user from the other.

    I tried swapping the drives in bios, but even after clicking the install BCD and Install Win 7 Bootloader to MBR, I still get the error that there is no booting files on the disk.

    I've spent like 2 hours trying to get it to work - got headache now :/

    Btw has the System Reserved partition got anything to do with it? I don't think that copied over
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Just start over and clone your drive with Easeus Disk Copy, it will create an exact bootable copy.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    I also like SNGX's suggestion. Use EASUS Disk Copy to clone the entire disk (sounds like DriveImage XML only cloned a partition, not the disk).

    But if you still have a problem... Cloning is typically used to replace or upgrade a disk. You seem to be trying to dual boot both the original disk and its clone. I don't know if that is problematic

    In which case, remove the old disk. Boot from the new. Then wipe the old hard drive and use it for data or do a clean reinstall on the old drive for a dual boot
  8. JustAnotherGuy2

    JustAnotherGuy2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks guys, I'll try that if what I'm doing atm doesn't work

    Since my last post, I found my Win 7 disk, unplugged my C drive, and repaired the boot sequence. Upon logging in, it came up with an error of "Your version of windows is not genuine".

    I googled this and found a way to sort it out (microsoft didn't seem to have a clue ¬¬), so I left it running last night in order to clone my c drive again, and i'll try this method later on today

    I was only trying to duel boot to see if something was wrong, but it didn't really work, because booting into the cloned drive loaded it's system files and C's program files

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