MBR has moved from C:

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  1.    19 Mar 2018 #11

    I have tried in Windows Disk management and in Macrium to mark Disk 1 as inactive but it does not appear as an option.

    If I physically disconnect that disk 1, I get the BSOD.

    If I disconnect the C: drive it can't find Windows.
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  2.    19 Mar 2018 #12

    RatherBeFishing said: View Post
    I have tried in Windows Disk management and in Macrium to mark Disk 1 as inactive but it does not appear as an option.
    Use diskpart as in post #2 - that will let you mark disk 1 inactive.

    RatherBeFishing said: View Post
    If I physically disconnect that disk 1, I get the BSOD.
    try "bcdboot C:\Windows /s C:" from command prompt - that should rebuild boot entry for you specifying C as your system partition.

    See Repair Windows BCD

    SIW2 said: View Post
    There seems to be a problem with the bcd store. It should be on Disk 0 part 2. ( E)
    I'm not sure about that - the boot files are on C - E is not currently used for anything as far as I can see. If system will boot with system being C and disk 1 inactive then E can be moved/deleted. At the moment E is doing nothing...

    I could be wrong and perhaps "bcdboot C:\Windows /s E:" would be another option to try if the first doesn't work.
    Last edited by lx07; 19 Mar 2018 at 16:03. Reason: Another option?
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  3.    20 Mar 2018 #13

    I can't understand why Disk 0 shows Drive E: and Drive C:

    Disk 1 Shows Expansion Drive which is the same 2.5" disk as E: how did these get separated?

    If I disconnect the cables on E: I get the BSOD.
    If I disconnect the cables on C: it goes through the startup but can't find Windows

    The C: drive does not appear to have system files on it and is not marked as active.

    The E: drive is not empty it has 1.11GB of data on it and the "Expansion Drive" (same 2.5" disk as E) has 383.3GB of what appears to be system files on it and is also marked as active.

    The BIOS also shows the 2.5" disk (E) as being the first boot disk.
    Last edited by RatherBeFishing; 20 Mar 2018 at 06:58.
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  4. topgundcp's Avatar
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       21 Mar 2018 #14

    "System" just means "this is the volume I booted from". There is no data there to copy - your boot files are already on C.
    Sorry but this is incorrect.

    Currently your Windows is on C drive on disk 0 but the Windows Boot Manager is on disk 1.
    The Boot Manager has the the following hidden Files/Folder in order to boot:
    NOTE: To see these Files/Folder. Set Folder Options to show Hidden Files/Folders
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    In order to move these Files/Folders to C: drive, download a non commercial copy of: EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
    Install->run then follow the steps in the screen shot to move the boot manager to C:
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    Once done the Active flag should be in C: drive, all others will be set to Inactive.
    Make sure disk 0 is the first boot order in BIOS then Reboot.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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       21 Mar 2018 #15

    The "Master Boot Record" or MBR does not move off of a drive. It just points where the partitions are on that drive, files, active and non-active sectors, bad sectors, etc.. If it is not on a drive, you cannot access those files or drive.
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  6.    22 Mar 2018 #16

    Hi topgundcp,

    Thanks for the reply, I have downloaded the EasyBCD software and it looks good!

    I now just need to pluck up the courage to press the go button, the trouble is I do at least have a working system
    which I would hate to lose and have to start again.

    I have made a rescue DVD using Macrium Reflect, but have not had good results from supposed backups over the years!
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