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Getting the comp to select the cloned drive

Hello,

Installed a second hard drive and was able to clone Windows 7 to it.  How can I program the computer to select that drive by default?  I tried setting it in BIOS but it still defaults to the first drive.  Also, is there a way to switch the drive letters and make my new hard drive "C"?
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epichero22
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If it is the same Windows 7 license (and I think it is) you need to remove the first drive and make the cloned drive the first drive. Windows will not allow two identical systems with the same license on both computers.
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rindiCommented:
As mentioned above, you need to remove the original disk before booting the first time after cloning. If you boot with both disks still installed, and it boots of the wrong one the first time, it'll end up mapping the wrong drive letters and that will stay for the new OS.
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epichero22Author Commented:
I ended up using the Acronis TruImage software that came with the WD I installed.  It did the cloning very exact and I didn't have to remove the original drive.  Now the second drive is C: and the older drive is D:

Any information on how it worked?
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rindiCommented:
It removed the "boot flag" from the original disk (or made it inactive), and instead made active or set the "boot "flag" on the 2nd disk. Many cloning utilities don't do that automatically, because you may not want it to change anything on the original (cloning is often used for forensic purposes to recover data or the cause of problems, so you can do that on the cloned disk not the original, as you could make things worse on the original, and there you don't want to change anything at all there).
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epichero22Author Commented:
What utility can I use to see this data?
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rindiCommented:
With most partitioning tools available you can set / unset boot flags etc, for example GParted:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=gparted
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nobusCommented:
i use bootit-bm (free for this) : www.terabyteunlimited.com/
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@epichero22  - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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