I am running only a single OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
I swapped the 500gb HDD for a 3TB HDD (I was naughty and did this while Windows was running)
These are NOT the Win7 Operating System Drive.
I have 2x 160GB HDD's
one of these is the Win7 OS HDD, the other is just a storage drive where I keep work.
I have had the built in Win7 Backup manager recording images of the 2 160GB drives onto the 3TB drive.
My last backup was 27/12/2011 (this might have been the day I unplugged the 500gb drive).
Due to earthquakes etc in Chch, we had a power cut yesterday morning, and my UPS is obviously poked.
So my computer restarted, and now windows wont load.
What I have Done
I have done a Chkdisk on the OS drive, and that came back fine.
Also made the OS drive the 'Active' partition using diskpart
then tried rebuilding the MBR using bootrec commands.
No matter what I do, I cannot get the drive to boot.
What I think the problem is
After spending hours last night trying to sort this out.
I am pretty certain the 500GB hdd was where the MBR was located. It is the only thing I can think is the problem.
I don't want to put the 500GB hdd back into my computer, I want it for external use to transfer files around.
Is there a way I can rebuild the MBR on my hdd, and make windows load from the OS drive?
This is literally driving me nuts... =/
I am about to use GParted, but not 100% certain if its going to work or not.
Has anyone come across this before? Will it work?