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System Repair Made my 2nd External Drive a SYSTEM DRIVE!

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  1. pegs

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    My computer wouldn't boot a couple of days ago and I did a System Repair. It worked, and my computer booted just fine. Now I've noticed in Disk Management that the F:\ partition on my second internal drive has been declared a System Drive!

    So I disabled "Hide System Files" and looked at my F:\ drive. There's been a BOOT folder added! How do I fix this? Can I just try to delete the BOOT folder or what?

    I'm running Windows 7 Pro.

    Please tell me it's something simple.

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  2. flavallee

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    Is this issue associated with the Dell Studio XPS 9000 that you mentioned in this thread?

    Your computer has 2 hard drives and not 1 hard drive in 2 partitions?

    You did a system repair and not a system restore or a factory reset?

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    Yes, Frank, It's the Dell Sutdio XPS 9000. My computer has two internal hard drives, divided into two partitions each. It was a "System Repair" that I did. I really wouldn't swear that's when it happened, but the new BOOT folder has the same date as the date that I did the System Repair (Nov. 10), so it just seems logical.

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    My mistake. I was referring to a "startup repair" of Windows 7 - which requires booting from its DVD.

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  5. pegs

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    Hi, Frank! Yes, I booted up to My Windows OS Disk and ran "System Repair". After I did that my computer booted into Windows normally. I only noticed today that it had made my F:\ Drive a System partition.
     
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    Did that desktop come with 2 hard drives or did you add a second one later?

    I've got no experience with a dual hard drive setup, but I'm guessing the hard drive not containing the Windows operating system should've been disconnected first before doing a repair.

    This is just my opinion, but when a Windows operating system gets to a point where it needs a repair, a reinstall and fresh start is usually the best option.

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    The desktop came with only one drive. I put in the second drive for storage. It's not what you would call a "dual hard drive setup".

    I've been thinking about what you said about the fact that the second drive should've been disconnected first -- I didn't know that.

    What if I did this: Disconnect the second drive. Boot up with the Windows OS disk and run Startup Repair AGAIN. Don't you think it would correctly set things up? Then I could go back to the second drive and delete that "BOOT" folder.

    Does this make sense. I certainly don't want to screw it up, but it seems somewhat logical to me.

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    You've got a mess that's beyond my expertise, so someone else here is going to need to advise you.

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    Well.....

    ok....

    ..….this is a little disappointing.
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    I'm sorry that I can't help you any further.
    I've gotten fairly good with computers during the past 19 years, but there's still a lot about them that I don't know.

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