Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Repair Windows On Other HDD

Last response: in Windows 7
Share
June 13, 2010 7:07:46 PM

I had a problem recently,
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/7529-63-windows-regis... .
in the end, I bought a new HDD and installed windows on it, now that i can access my old hard drive again, is there any way to fix it so it will boot properly. I believe registry files were corrupted by a 3rd party program. So would transferring files from the new installation to the old and replacing them the old work? first i would need to know what files to replace.

thanks in advance. :p 

More about : repair windows hdd

a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 7:29:44 PM

use BCD, it may take a little work, but it will do the trick
m
0
l
June 13, 2010 7:34:39 PM

BCD? enlighten me please. how would that help me?
m
0
l
Related resources
a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 7:47:08 PM

it will help you repair the boot of the drive, then you can do a dual boot, here is the link for the program with the basic help files
http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
look at the bottom of the page
m
0
l
June 13, 2010 7:58:04 PM

i went through the program and peeked through the documentation and am a bit overwhelmed. What should i do first?... 2nd, 3rd,4th. :??: 
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 8:38:57 PM

I have asked someone with more experience than me in repairing a bad boot on your drive, send me a PM and I'll keep a look out for him, keep in touch
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 13, 2010 9:51:47 PM

I take it the same OS is on both drives.
First, if you have the OS installed and working on the new drive, there is no point in repairing the old one to boot.
If you have activated the new instalation, you will not be able to use both at the same time. You would have to disconnect the new drive in order to repair the old one.
So the choice is keep using the new drive (best option) and reinstall your programs, get your data off the old drive and use it for storage and backups.
Connect the old drive, make sure the new drive is set as first boot drive in bios.
Once you have the old drive connected you can then recover whatever files you want off it an copy them across into the relavent folders, data files only, such as documents, photos, music and any programs in your download folder.
Once sure you have everything you want off it, quick format the drive and use it for storage.
To repair the OS on the old drive, disconnect the new one (unplug it) use your W7 dvd to boot with and choose the repair option. It may or may not be succesful depending on what caused the problem.
If it's repaired ok, you can decide to keep using it and reconnect the other drive and make sure it's not set to boot in bios and format it for use as data drive. I would not do this for a couple of days to make sure all is well.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. Good luck
m
0
l
June 13, 2010 10:04:16 PM

Jonmor68 said:
I take it the same OS is on both drives.
First, if you have the OS installed and working on the new drive, there is no point in repairing the old one to boot.
If you have activated the new instalation, you will not be able to use both at the same time. You would have to disconnect the new drive in order to repair the old one.
So the choice is keep using the new drive (best option) and reinstall your programs, get your data off the old drive and use it for storage and backups.
Connect the old drive, make sure the new drive is set as first boot drive in bios.
Once you have the old drive connected you can then recover whatever files you want off it an copy them across into the relavent folders, data files only, such as documents, photos, music and any programs in your download folder.
Once sure you have everything you want off it, quick format the drive and use it for storage.
To repair the OS on the old drive, disconnect the new one (unplug it) use your W7 dvd to boot with and choose the repair option. It may or may not be succesful depending on what caused the problem.
If it's repaired ok, you can decide to keep using it and reconnect the other drive and make sure it's not set to boot in bios and format it for use as data drive. I would not do this for a couple of days to make sure all is well.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. Good luck


The repair option on the install DVD does not fix anything. Also I would have to spend 10 or so hours to replace everything on the new drive!!! :cry:  I have 700 GB of My terraByte used on my old drive and would prefer to use that one. I currently have both drive plugged in and working. And I am booting off the new drive with the Working OS. unless there was a way to transfer my programs over without the typical Install process, I am opting for the old patented fixit method. Do you know of any programs capable of this?
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 14, 2010 2:00:30 AM

no way to copy procrams and they work, they require installation, sorry
" I am opting for the old patented fixit method" enlighten me please
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 14, 2010 2:17:45 AM

huntern321 said:
The repair option on the install DVD does not fix anything. Also I would have to spend 10 or so hours to replace everything on the new drive!!! :cry:  I have 700 GB of My terraByte used on my old drive and would prefer to use that one. I currently have both drive plugged in and working. And I am booting off the new drive with the Working OS. unless there was a way to transfer my programs over without the typical Install process, I am opting for the old patented fixit method. Do you know of any programs capable of this?


Have you tried to use Fixboot / Fixmbr?

For more information please see the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team
m
0
l
June 14, 2010 1:18:13 PM

I have Windows 7, the Fixboot only works for XP. Right?
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 14, 2010 1:22:30 PM

not enlightening me
m
0
l
June 14, 2010 7:10:32 PM

By "Fixit method" was just a word I made up for trying to fix my old disk so I can boot off of it. As in Fix It. Sorry for any confusion.
m
0
l
June 14, 2010 10:54:03 PM

BADA BOOM!!! I stumbled upon a folder on my old drive named REGCMP and connected dots to it Windows/system32/config and finally. I AM BACK!!! :) 
m
0
l
June 14, 2010 10:57:06 PM

the folder REGCMP had the backup registries.
m
0
l
June 15, 2010 1:23:30 AM

Yep, and Thank God for for that! Something tells me i'm gonna go uninstall that software now. :lol: 
m
0
l
a b $ Windows 7
June 15, 2010 4:13:15 AM

BTW, most people will tell you not to use a registry cleaner because of the problems(like you found out about), but I have been using EFRC(Eusing Free Registy Cleaner) for years now, came to China and wan't long before I was fixing them here,and used it on OLD computers with(the Highest count was just over 5000 issues, and not a problem from cleaning, when you install it and run a dialog box comes up with a request for a donation to support the work, they do send a registration code, but you can choose Skip and it runs just fine( I did donate, it is good software, support the dev's)
m
0
l
June 17, 2010 1:11:52 AM

I may in the Future, but for now i'm content with with how my PC is running... For now. :sweat: 
m
0
l
!