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30 Aug 2010  
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rjs1974 View Post
Gregrocker:

When you say:

Diskpart
List Disk
Select Disk 0 (confirm this is Windows 7 HD #)
List partiiton
Select partition 1 (confirm this is Windows 7 partition #)
Active
exit

How do I know what HD number my Windows 7 HD is, and is the partition always #1?

Many thanks.
Choose the Win7 disk and partition number from the lists you call up, judging by position and size.

I would mark Win7 partition Active to make sure it is being repaired correctly with Startup Repair. If Diskpart won't work for you, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

But first I would test the HD using WD Lifeguard. The version I use which works very well with all models is GWSCAN. Download it, run .exe it will unzip to C:cabs where you can browse from ImgBurn to pick up the ISO to burn the CD at 4x speed.
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
http://support.gateway.com/support/d...p?param=gwscan

I would also run chkdsk /r from the Win7 DVD/CD Command Line to complete the full testing of your HD. Either/both tests may repair errors that can return your HD to full life of service, or give you enough warning of imminent failure to copy out your files and replace it: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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