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Thread: I need to change my boot drive in Windows 7

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    Default I need to change my boot drive in Windows 7

    When I installed Win 7 over Win XP on my dual drive system it put the Win7 system files on drive D: but left drive C: as the boot drive. I now have a dual boot system (Win7 & XP). I don't want XP, and I would like to move the boot drive to drive D: and convert C: to a backup & data drive. When I attempt to do this in Easy BCD I get an error message "An attempt was made to change the boot partition to a logical drive, which is not allowed. The boot partition must be a primary partition...."

    HOW can I accomplish this without re-installing Win7? I have a LOT of software installed and do not want to have to re-load all of it.

    Here is my bootloader file summary:

    There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

    Default: Windows 7
    Timeout: 30 seconds
    EasyBCD Boot Device: C:\

    Entry #1
    Name: Earlier Version of Windows
    BCD ID: {ntldr}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \ntldr

    Entry #2
    Name: Windows 7
    BCD ID: {current}
    Drive: D:\
    Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

    Thanks for the help!

    Jon

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    The boot files must be in a primary partition.
    You can either create one specifically for the purpose (as W7 will do itself when being installed into blank space) by making a small partition in any primary space you have available, move the files from XP to another primary partition, or (with a suitable partition manager) convert the logical drive to primary, then use EasyBCD.
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