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Windows 7: System restore from a USB stick does not work


26 Mar 2013   #21

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Yes, your supposed it right, disk 0 the main HDD, 2partitions, 232 GB and 16 MB respectively.


Sorry, the letter G in the above is meant to be volume 1 letter, I thought it was strange, but it said so.

further:

dir c:\ volume in drive is 36D1/16A9

directory of c:\ 03.26.2013 02:13 PM Temp

0 files 0 bytes

1 Dir 249.938.546.688 bytes free


dir e: The system cannot find etc...

dir f: The system cannot find etc...


dir f: The system cannot find etc

Diskpart, detail partition



VOLUME: 1 LETTER : C LABEL : Windows 7 Fs:NTFS Type : Partition Size: 232 GB Status: Healthy


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26 Mar 2013   #22

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detail partition gives you more info!! Is it ACTIVE?

Code:
 
diskpart
list vol
exit
What is the size of G???? What the heck is it?

Code:
dir  g:\users
Do you see your logon name?
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26 Mar 2013   #23

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Code:
c:
cd  \
dir
dir/ah
You see only folder temp? Nothing else. "system volume information" and $RECYCLED? Nothing else?

Code:
c:
cd  \
attrib  *.*
nothing?

1 Dir 249.938.546.688 bytes free.... that's about 232GB. C looks almost empty! Any idea how come?
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26 Mar 2013   #24

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Answer to your question in number 20.

Dir c:\windows>

volume in drive C is Windows 7

volumne serial number is 36D1-16A9

Directory of c:\


File not found

and I get exactly the same message and nothing else on "dir c:\ Program Files" and also the same on dir c:\users, dir c:\users does NOT show my logon name
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26 Mar 2013   #25

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So C volume is 232GB in size, but almost empty.... only a folder called temp. Of course it can't boot from it. Please tell me what's on G
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26 Mar 2013   #26

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Sorry, MEA CULPA, I must have read the volume letters wrong in spite of checking three times the volume letters are D and C and not G, I have now checked once more and found my error. Sorry for confusing you and taking your time unncessarily.

No idea how come C looks almost empty.

We seem to be moving in circles but not nearing (as in Kafka´s castle). How about me trying to proceed with the install of the downloaded and burned on DVD Windows 7 instead of choosing Computer Repair and see what happens?
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26 Mar 2013   #27

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Code:
dir  c:\temp
In your screenshot I can see it has been modified on march 26, 2013 so today. What's in it? Don't give all file names... just take a look.

Did you format C? Did you try to reinstall Windows 7 that creates c:\temp as far as I can remember... not sure though.
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26 Mar 2013   #28

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dali362 View Post
Sorry, MEA CULPA, I must have read the volume letters wrong in spite of checking three times the volume letters are D and C and not G, I have now checked once more and found my error. Sorry for confusing you and taking your time unncessarily.

No idea how come C looks almost empty.

We seem to be moving in circles but not nearing (as in Kafka´s castle). How about me trying to proceed with the install of the downloaded and burned on DVD Windows 7 instead of choosing Computer Repair and see what happens?
So you have C (almost empty)... not any usefull stuff there. 16MB partition isn't usefull as well. All is gone already... nothing can be done about it.

Clean the disk completely

Code:
diskpart
select disk 0
clean
exit
Reboot again from Windows 7 install dvd and do a clean install. Clean Install Windows 7

You have a valid product key (see COA stocker on machine)? Activate Windows 7 Online
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26 Mar 2013   #29

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I did the diskpart bit and cleaned the HD. Now the installation (clean install WIN 7 from the downloaded file) is running and everything seem to work fine so far. Only now when the installation started it occured to me that the recovery disc I bought from the manufacturer might be damaged so I looked at it with a magnifying glass and saw a few miniscule stratches - maybe it´s the root of the trouble? However, I used the disc twice and it worked fine both times, so I am not sure if it really is the recovery disk fault.
To make things worse (nothing is easy with me) my laptop does not have the WIN number sticker any more (it peeled off somehow during our stay in the Himalayas about a year ago, so that´s why I had to buy a recovery DVD from the laptp manufacturer) so even if the downloaded OS installs fine, I cannot run it for a longer time. I read somewhere there was a trick how to find out the original WIN code number of the PC, am not sure it will work though. If not, then my options will be to check the manufactures recovery disk and try to mend it if it is damaged, or buy a new recovery disk again. As for my stationary PC, I have already ordered a USB stick of 16GB and will try to move ver the recovery files to it from the combined USB/DVD stick, just for the fun of trying to do and see if I succeed, if not, then I´ll just install clean Windows 7 downloaded, no problem here, I have the Windows 7 code number and luckily, I backed up my documents, pictures, etc files just a couple of days before I "damaged" the partitions.

As I was writing this, the downloaded Windows 7 installed all right. Any chance of finding out what went wrong with the Boot Mgr Missing now that the OS is installed?
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26 Mar 2013   #30

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We never know what caused the C to be empty. Original Windows 7 product key to reinstall is on sticker... if unreadable.. you have bad luck. Why the heck didn't you write it on paper!?
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