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Windows 7: Invalid System Partition Problem


10 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Invalid System Partition Problem

Hallo,

So a couple days ago my Windows install decided to go kablooey. (I am dual-booting 7 and openSUSE but I'm removing SUSE once I fix Windows) I determined the cause to be an "invalid system partition."

I found another thread involving some business about diskpart in the command line, so I tried that. (my hardware manufacturer installed a version of system restore on my hdd, just fyi)

Only problem is, I think I selected the wrong volume to activate. There were three partitions there: one was my disk drive, one was 100 MB labelled SYSTEM RESE(t?) and NTFS, and one was 347GB and formatted as RAW (probably the volume where all my windows stuff was.)

because the 100mb one was NTFS, i selected that to activate. Didn't really work out too well because it didnt fix my computer and now my hard copy of system recovery won't work, and the disk takes foreeevverrr to find windows installations (it's running right now - still havent seen it complete yet)

buuuuuutyyyeaaaaah if anyone has any sort of clue as to how or if i can save my data that'd be awesome. I tried booting into a ubuntu live cd (because my suse installation is right messed up) and getting into the windows filesystem but it wouldn't mount - told me to run chkdsk and i did and everything came back fine.

THanks for the help in advance!


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10 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Cdubbs, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help to recover the data you need to save and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista
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10 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Cdubbs, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help to recover the data you need to save and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista
Hi, thanks for the reply... My windows install doesn't seem to like to read my hard disks (also idk which driver to load.... I tried loading a few that said SATA controller but that just made my pc unable to recognize my C drive ... Is there any way I could fix this from the cmd line? Perhaps rebuild the boot manager thingy or something? The fact my 357gb volume is listed as RAW also concerns me... Thx for your help!
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11 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cdubbs View Post


I found another thread involving some business about diskpart in the command line, so I tried that.



Please explain this, exactly what did you do; the only way (I know of) that a partition will show as "RAW" is if a wipe secure erase has been run on that partition and if so the data will be completely over-written and not recoverable at all.

Did you run either the clean or the clean all command from diskpart?
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11 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cdubbs View Post


I found another thread involving some business about diskpart in the command line, so I tried that.



Please explain this, exactly what did you do; the only way (I know of) that a partition will show as "RAW" is if a wipe secure erase has been run on that partition and if so the data will be completely over-written and not recoverable at all.
The only commands I ran were chkdsk and diskpart (the active cmd on the 100mb volume)... I also have grub installed because of my wonky suse partition. Would it be helpful for me to go into gparted or something and tell you all of my partitions from a Linux standpoint?


No I only ran chkdsk and diskpart (the active cmd) I do have grub too because of my wonky suse install
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11 May 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes post a snip / screen-shot if you can.


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11 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Yes post a snip / screen-shot if you can.


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as you can see my hdd is a mess :P

sda1 is the windows system recovery (i think)
sda2 is my windows installation. here it's defined as NTSF but in DISKPART it's shown as RAW... hopefully this means my data is still recoverable (because I failed physics 2 and really don't want to rewrite those labs next year :P)

sda3 is where my SUSE install is located... as you can see it's pretty messy lol. I'm going to uninstall my openSUSE OS so if the fix is made easier by getting rid of the partition it's not a problem.

thanks a lot for your help


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11 May 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Cdubbs, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help to recover the data you need to save and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

Have you actually booted the Windows 7 installation media to see if you can copy out the data you need to save using the method outlined in the tutorial at this link?
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11 May 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you manage to run checkdisk with /f twice on the windows partition?

Also try flagging 100mb partition as Active.

Otherwise - use a bootable app. with windows disk checking on it - don't know if it's on PW boot disc - might be.

Paragon has an excellent one - but I don't think you get that on the free Paragon versions.
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11 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Did you manage to run checkdisk with /f twice on the windows partition?

Also try flagging 100mb partition as Active.

Otherwise - use a bootable app. with windows disk checking on it - don't know if it's on PW boot disc - might be.

Paragon has an excellent one - but I don't think you get that on the free Paragon versions.
yep - came back fine both times. tried making the 100mb partition active as well and it just made everything go slower
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