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Windows 7 makes old hard drive not bootable

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by conficio, Jan 20, 2010.

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  1. conficio

    conficio Thread Starter

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    Hi there,
    I did replace my old hard drive on my Gateway laptop (Windows XP) with a larger drive and did install Windows 7 on it. In order to transfer data and files I did stick the old drive into a USB case and attached it several times. Some files became only available in Windows 7 after some change of owner ship (on the "Documents ..." folders), which I agreed to.

    However, I wanted now to use the old hard drive as a primary drive for looking at some special app that I had installed there. But the drive does not boot anymore.

    What is going on here? Any idea why the drive says only "Press F11 to recover" and does not react to this at all?

    Any idea what the remedy might be?
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    Was the old drive in the system when you installed W7?

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  3. Elvandil

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    Are you trying to boot from the case?

    If you access an older drive from 7, it automatically converts the version of NTFS to a newer one.
     
  4. conficio

    conficio Thread Starter

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    No, I only connected it later to transfer data.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    Simply connecting the drive didn't change anything. Changing ownership of system files certainly did. The only thing I can think of to try is a Windows repair, but I'd be sure to back up your data first.
     
  6. conficio

    conficio Thread Starter

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    No I put the drive back into the primary hard drive location.

    But I tried to boot from the USB too and it does not recognize it as bootable apparently as it skips it and goes to the harddrive anyway.
     
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