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Q: Dual Boot - Can't see Win7 drive after removing other boot drive

My mobo (MSI P7N Diamond 780i SLI / 570i SLI) has a SATA raid controller providing 6 SATA interfaces

These are organised thus..

SATA 1 - [Partition 1 - Windows XP] [Partition2 - Windows 7 Beta (64bit)]
SATA 2 - OCZ Vertex - Windows 7 Home (64bit) Retail version
SATA 3 - Mirror A
SATA 4 - Mirror B
SATA 5 - Mirror A
SATA 6 - Mirror B

The system was originally running XP on SATA 1. I added a partition to SATA 1 and installed Windows 7 beta some weeks ago. The system dual booted to XP or Win 7 Beta fine.

I then added the OCZ Vertex drive and installed the Win 7 retail version, and I am able to dual boot to all three systems just fine.

However - I really want to do away with the XP and Win 7 Beta partitions and just run with the OCZ drive. However if I disconnect the drive from SATA 1 the system will not boot up. Can't find Ntldr or Bootmgr or something similar. I have changed the boot sequence in the BIOS to point at just the OCZ drive - but it just won't boot from it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Roy

Answer

A:

In win7 make up the system repair disc (click start, type (without quotes) "system repair disc"), then remove the SATA 1 and boot off the CD you just made, and choose to repair startup problems.
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