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Windows 7: Windows 7 x64 won't boot on a new HDD restored partition


08 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 x64 won't boot on a new HDD restored partition

My Old HDD crashed, it had windows 7 x64 on a D: logical drive with an extended partition.
My old HDD also had two other primary partitions one of which probably had some system/boot files etc,. I do not have a backup of these two primary partitions, however,
I do have a paragon backup of my logical drive D: extended partition.
I got me a new HDD, created a new NTFS primary partition with a drive letter C:. I then restoed the paragon backup of my windows D: drive on to this new primary C: partition.
Now, I am not able to boot windows 7.
Seems like I need to create a new system partition with boot files to be able to boot my Win 7. Not sure how to do this.

Would very much appreciate any help... I dont want to install windows 7 from scratch and then load all the software programs.


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08 Jan 2013   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Its possible your boot info was stored on a different partition from the imaged one you have or possible the partition is not marked as active could be something silly, have you tried running a startup repair, have a look at these
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
System Recovery Options
Startup Repair
have a look see what you think, check partition is active and you can try startup repair if not check the disk configuration etc with diskpart (as per first tutorial) and post back some more info there are other options
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08 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the prompt reply.
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08 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I booted my machine with Windows 7 x64 Upgrade DVD.
Clicked NEXT On the language preference screen.
Clicked on Repair your Computer.

Next thing I get is a popup error msgbox that says: "Your system recovery disc is not compatible with the operating system installed."

Since I had upgraded my OS from a Windows 7 32bit to 64 bit, I tried booting with my 32 bit DVD,
this time when I clicked on Repair your Computer, I got System Recvovery Options window with my Windows OS (recovered) highlighted, now when I click Next I get the same popup error msgbox that says: "Your system recovery disc is not compatible with the operating system installed".

Not sure where to go from here. Any ideas/tips would be appreciated.....

Thanks in advance.
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09 Jan 2013   #5

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Only a 32 bit repair disc can be used on a 32 bit system and 64 bit repair disc on 64 bit system, have a search i think you may be able to download them, if not download a windows .iso installer from here that matches your windows version and burn it to dvd or usb using this tool and boot from that
If you have access to another Windows 7 64 bit machine you can create a repair disc from that machine to use on yours the created disc is generic
Control Panel>backup & restore>create a system repair disc
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10 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi there,
I tried a windows x32, x64, xp repair discs, but nothing works. I keep getting the same message "Your system recovery disc is not compatible with the operating system installed."

So here is what I did with the hopes that installing another windows x64 might detect the existing windows and give me the option to boot either one...

I left alone my windows x64 partition which I had restored from the paragon backup on the drive, then I installed my Windows XP Prof 32 bit on the unallocated space on the drive. So far so good, everything worked fine up until now.
Next, I booted my machine with the Windows x64 Ultimate upgrade DVD and tried to install that, now I am getting this message.

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk.the selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks."

So I am not sure what to do here... Should I take a backup of my partitions and then using Paragon HDM, convert this disk from MBR to GPT or Is there any other thing I can test.

I would really like to get my initial Windows x64 to boot up.

I have a GIGABYTE MOBO with UEFI Dual Bios installed.
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10 Jan 2013   #7

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Provided your hdd is no larger than 2tb then no need to use gpt just configure bios so efi is not a problem, check out the tutorial for installing windows on efi machine and it will explain
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11 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you Pauly for helping out here... Basically, what I did is wiped out my entire drive and made it Unallocated Space, then using Paragon Software I restored my Windows 7 Backups (MBR-NTFS). I had trouble booting it so I inserted the repair disc and selected the non-UEFI Cd-DVD boot option and repaired it. The first attempt detected errors and fixed them, then I ran it a second time just to be sure, but this time it said can not detect any errors. So I removed the DVD and was able to boot normally... Thank you..... However, I still do have a problem.. and that is

I have another GPT_GUID drive on the machine with Mac OSX on it. It was working fine before this problem and the drive was not connected all this time while I was trying to fix my Windows... So now If I try to boot that drive, I get this black screen from Windows Boot Manager:::

Windows failed to start. A recent h/w or s/w change might be the cause. To fix the problem. 1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.

Status 0xc0000225
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

Any ideas on how to get rid of Windows Boot Manager, it also shows up as a Boot option in UEFI BIOS startup...

Thanks in advance.
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