How do I use bcdedit to boot from old Vista harddrive on eSata port?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by David J Parker [MVP Visio], Mar 4, 2010.

  1. I bought a new hd for my existing laptop which had Vista Ultimate on it.
    I removed the Vista hd and fixed it in an eSata enclosure, then loaded
    Windows 7 on new hd
    I successfully created dualboot on new hd with Windows 2008 R2 vhd, using
    bcdedit (with clear instructions from a colleague)
    I hoped to add third boot option using bcdedit for the eSata drive so that I
    could use my existing Vista drive. I used thhese commands:
    bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Vista on E drive"
    bcdedit /set newid device partition=E:
    bcdedit /set newid osdevice partition=E:

    When I select this boot option, Vista tries to repair itself, then fails.
    What am I doing something wrong?

    Supplementary question : Can I turn the Vista drive into a VHD file? Then I
    could move this to my new hd....
    David J Parker [MVP Visio], Mar 4, 2010
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