Vista on the C: drive but System drive is the D: drive - any way to

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by hinnc, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. hinnc

    hinnc Guest

    I had an issue with one of my disk drives this past weekend and ended
    up re-installing Vista. My system has two drives; one that I use as
    the system drive and the other is used for data backup. Well the re-
    install went fairly well but when I tried to do a complete image
    backup my data drive today, the one that has the drive letter D:
    assigned to it, it was not listed as a valid backup device. Further
    investigation revealed that somehow the D: drive which contains only
    data and not the operating system is the system partition. The C:
    drive where all of Vista's files reside is the boot partition.
    Normally, on non-dual boot systems the boot and system partitions
    reside on the same physical partition, (and the same physical disk
    drive). The D: drive was unavailable to use as an image backup drive
    because it has the system information on it.

    My question: is there a way to make the C: drive the system partition
    withput a complete reinstallation? I looked all over the web and at
    BCDEdit.exe, DiskPart.exe, and BootEdit.exe and none of those appear
    to be a fix. Anyone have any ideas? Other than that it all works

    More info below:

    DISKPART> list volume

    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- ---------
    Volume 0 I Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 1 E Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 2 G Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 3 C NTFS Partition 295 GB Healthy
    Boot <-----------------
    Volume 4 K Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 5 D NTFS Partition 298 GB Healthy
    System <--------------
    Volume 6 J Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 7 F DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
    Volume 8 H Removable 0 B No Media
    Volume 9 L Removable 0 B No Media


    Windows Boot Manager
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=D:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    default {current}
    resumeobject {01d9d5d0-9003-11dc-9e1b-f05eb17f0115}
    displayorder {current}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Microsoft Windows Vista
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {01d9d5d0-9003-11dc-9e1b-f05eb17f0115}
    nx OptIn
    hinnc, Nov 15, 2007
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  2. hinnc

    JerryM Guest

    There is a misunderstanding here,
    Your C: drive is the Boot drive,
    It would not Boot if the system files were on another partition.

    Your D: drive is not a valid operating system.
    Delete it .
    Create a new partition for all your extra program files.

    JerryM, Nov 15, 2007
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  3. hinnc

    hinnc Guest

    With all due respect I don't think the system will boot if I delete
    the system partion. Open your disk administrator and see that your
    boot and system partitions are one in the same, (unless you dual

    From Microsoft:

    "The system partition contains the hardware-related files that tell a
    computer where to look to start Windows. A boot partition is a
    partition that contains the Windows operating system files, which are
    located in the Windows file folder. Usually, these are the same
    partition, especially if you have only one operating system installed
    on your computer.

    When you turn on your computer, it uses information stored on the
    system partition to start up. There is only one system partition on a
    Windows-based computer, even if you have different versions of Windows
    installed on the same computer. A boot partition is a partition that
    contains Windows operating system files. If you have a multiboot
    computer that contains, for example, this version of Windows and
    Windows XP, then each of those volumes are considered boot

    So it would appear that the system partition is critical to the
    startup process.
    hinnc, Nov 15, 2007
  4. The first thing to make clear is that Microsoft decided to call
    the partition that has the boot files and from which the
    computer's BIOS starts to boot, "system partition". The
    partition that has the Windows system files they call "boot
    partition". You have to mentally swap those two to make them

    In Windows XP, making a partition bootable used to be very
    simple. The partition from which you initially boot has to have:

    1. A suitable master boot record. (Actually that's on the hard
    disk, not the partition. Safest way to put it in place is to
    install Windows on the drive.)

    2. The boot files, boot.ini,, ntldr, and possibly a
    few others.

    3. The partition has to be set active.

    When these three conditions are met, the computer will happily
    boot from that drive, even if it is just a diskette. I always
    keep such a Windows XP boot diskette nearby, just in case the
    boot stuff gets clobbered on the hard disk.

    See also for info on boot diskettes.

    I don't have complete experience with Vista yet, so please chime
    in, anyone, to confirm or deny that this is still valid for

    Hans-Georg Michna, Nov 15, 2007
  5. hinnc

    andy Guest

    1. You have to make the C: drive bootable. VistaBootPro might be able
    do this for you.
    2. You have to set your motherboard bios to boot from the disk
    containing the C: drive.
    andy, Nov 15, 2007
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