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Windows 7: Startup Repair (or image restore) after Partition Problem

28 Feb 2011   #1

Win7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 
Startup Repair (or image restore) after Partition Problem

Hi,
Brand new win 7 sp1 home premium x32 install on new blank 1Tb HDD. Was working great. I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to do a partition move.

- C: partition had full install/system, etc including boot. Was 200Gb partition. 15gb used.
- All space after C: partition was unallocated.
- 100mb partition at front of HDD (was boot, now unallocated because I moved boot, etc to C: - was working great - no problems after deleting this 100mb partition)

Wanted to reclaim that 100mb and move C: partition to beginning of HDD.

Made System Repair Disk and System Image Disk

Used Easus Partition Master on HDD to move the C: to front of HDD. It froze. Had to manually reboot. Now there are start up problems.

System Repair disk doesn't seem to be able to repair anything. Before I screw anything else up...

Main question is: If the System Repair disk and System Image Disk were made when the partitions on the HDD were organized one way (100mb unallocated, 200Gb C:, 786Gb unallocated) can they still be used if the HDD is now organized differently - say (200Gb C:, 786.1Gb unallocated) assuming the partition move actually did occur?

How can a system image restore work if the partitions aren't in the same place that they were in when the system image was made in the first place?

Same thing with System Repair Disk. In the System Repair tutorial in this forum and the associated tutorials and posts (all of which I've read), there is never any mention of how to use these tools if the organization of the HDD (partitions, etc) changed after the disks were burned.

Really appreciate any advice, help you can offer.
Thanks
Buck
P.S. I think I posted in right forum, sorry if I didn't - please move as needed.

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28 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello buckscaper, welcome to Seven Forums!



First use the outline in Option Two #3 in the first tutorial at the link below to see if the Windows 7 partition is marked as Active if not use #2 to mark it active and do the startup repairs to see if Windows will boot and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

DISKPART : At PC Startup
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28 Feb 2011   #3

Win7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Hi and thanks for responding.

Yes, the system (c partition was marked as active as part of the process to add the boot files to it while getting rid of that 100mb system partition. The PC was running great after doing all that - started up fine. Rebooted fine, etc. So it seems that I did it correctly.

No problems until I tried moving C: partition.

Prior to my original post I:
1. Ran system repair from disk made prior to partition move - it failed saying it could not fix the problems it found and in the details was this long list of stuff. I knew that it's usually necessary to run repair several times so I rebooted to the system repair disk and...
2. Ran system repair again and it said it made repairs after running super fast - just a few seconds. Then...removed sys repair disk and rebooted again, this time to HDD.
3. Wouldn't start. Got message looking for start up media or boot disk. Put sys repair disk back in and hit enter and it booted into sys repair disk.
4. Ran sys repair again - said it found no errors. Rebooted to sys repair disk again. Said it found no errors.
5. Rebooted to sys repair disk one more time just to be sure (3 times a charm) and it has been stuck on "Startup Repair is checking your system for problems...Attempting Repairs" for 2 hours. No sounds from HDD. Blue "progress" bar keeps moving from left to right "attempting repairs" but nothing is happening.
6. Clicked "cancel" and it said that the "current repair function can not be cancelled."
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28 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Download the Partition Wizard boot disk ISO from the link below and burn it to CD then boot it and see if it will rebuild the partition for you.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD

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28 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Use the Partition Recovery Wizard on Partition Wizard CD to see if it can piece back together your partition.

This is what happens when you don't pay close enough attention in the same forums you seek emergency help in, as otherwise you would know that PW is the only 3rd party partitioning manager that never fails in hundreds of operations we have helped with here.

If you need to repartition and post up your Disk Mgmt screenshot we will give you the exact steps to do it without fail.

Generally if PW boot disk shows any remaining partitions and you can Explore the data in them, you should be able to recover the partition using the Wizard or the data using Recuva - if you didn't back it up.
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28 Feb 2011   #6

Win7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Hi,
While waiting for a response, my machine rebooted. My repair dvd was still in there so I booted to it and ran system repair again and it found errors and corrected them. Reboot. Ran system repair again and it detected no errors and clicking finish booted me right to Windows start up screen. Seemed pretty good.

Logged in, looked around, looks good. Checked on partition situation in Disk Mgr and it showed C: at front of disk and 100mb part is gone. Just what I had tried to do. Hooray.

Restart, boot to DVD, system repair one more time just to be sure. No errors and went right to windows start up screen. Logged in. Per another tutorial in here somewhere (not sure which one, have read so many today) ran defrag. 1% fragmented. Completed defrag in 10 mins or so. Reboot.

Also per same tutorial, ran Tool-Error Checking. Ran without incident or error, completed in 50 mins. Saw no mention of any errors, bad sectors, etc. Final screen flashed by and it went to boot process.

NOW I have a black screen (looks like cmd screen but its not) which says "Reboot and select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key."

And that's where I am right now. Since it looked like system repair was working again, I didn't want to go down another path and start a whole new process (esp since according to DSKMGR and Checkdisk, everything was fine. But now I have this screen.

Hitting Enter just brings up the same message again. If I put the system repair disk in it will boot to it but after booting and rebooting several times to windows start up screen why would it be doing this now after Sys Repair and Chkdsk bot said it's good?

Do I Hard Shutdown and try rebooting to the HDD? This did happen during the stuff I was encountering prior to writing in and that's how I got to going thru the sys repair so many times.

Thank you

P.S. To be clear, I did not proceed with the Partition Wizard when recommended because the repair seemed to finally work itself out. I have not run it now because the situation has changed and I don't know if it is still your recommended course of action.
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28 Feb 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes, run it to see what it comes up with, it's free and extremely reliable.
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28 Feb 2011   #8

Win7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Looking at opening screen in PW - there is nothing jumping out - shows NTFS Active Primary (200Gb, 16Gb used) and unallocated logical. Sizes are correct. What do I apply the wizard partition recovery wizard to? In the wizard, the partitions come up as well as the entire 1Tb disk.

If there's actually nothing wrong, can I damage anything by doing this?

Thanks
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28 Feb 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Run the wizard and after the search select the Windows partition for repair.


No if it won't run, the wizard will say so and prompt you to close the wizard.
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28 Feb 2011   #10

Win7 Home Premium SP1 32bit
 
 

Not sure what it's supposed to be doing. Ran wizard. Got to the Choose searched partitions screen and there was my NTFS partition - proper size, etc. (see attached). I could double click it and see everything on the disk. When I click "finish" nothing else happens. It takes me back to opening screen.

So...
(and is there an option in PW to just shut down the pc after leaving app? It keeps restarting machine and I just want to shut down.)

Thanks


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