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Windows 7: Cleaned My ENTIRE Hard Drive. How can I restore it?

04 Oct 2016   #21
blunde

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I would run a Startup Repair and see if that gets Win 7 to bootup.
For this you need a Win 7 Installation media or System Repair disc.
Here is the tutorial:
Startup Repair

What I'm not sure of is if you need to assign the drive letter C to the HP partition using the bootable Partition Wizard CD for Startup Repair to work.
Perhaps someone else knows if that needs to be done for Startup Repair to work.
Cool. I'll give it a shot like this first. It it fails, I'll assign the letter C to the HP Partition and see if that helps.


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04 Oct 2016   #22
DavidE

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Cool, I agree.
I don't think Startup Repair needs a drive letter to do a repair.
If it doesn't work or gives an error message, let us know.
If it does work, let us know !
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3 Weeks Ago   #23
blunde

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Cool, I agree.
I don't think Startup Repair needs a drive letter to do a repair.
If it doesn't work or gives an error message, let us know.
If it does work, let us know !
I've finally got some time to continue working on fixing my pc. Windows Startup Repair seems to work, but I feel my hard drive just refuses to boot. I can view all my files and everything (through Lucid Puppy which I used to back up my files.)

I can't find any system restore points either. Do you think now is a good time to betray trying to fix the pc and just format the hard drive, and reinstall Windows? I was thinking about this a while back anyways as it became very slow. It's been years since I had it.

The only thing I'm worried about is if I format my harddrive, and install clean install Windows on it, I'm not sure if I'll be able to boot from it or not... Do you think I should reinstall Windows?
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3 Weeks Ago   #24
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blunde View Post
but I feel my hard drive just refuses to boot.

Feel?? Does it or doesn't it?


The only thing I'm worried about is if I format my harddrive, and install clean install Windows on it, I'm not sure if I'll be able to boot from it or not... Do you think I should reinstall Windows?

There's no point to a clean install to a suspicious or shaky drive.

Do you have any particular reason to believe the drive is healthy? Or Unhealthy?

Have you run any drive manufacturer tests on the drive or examined the SMART data?




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3 Weeks Ago   #25
blunde

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
see comments:


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blunde View Post
but I feel my hard drive just refuses to boot.

Feel?? Does it or doesn't it?


The only thing I'm worried about is if I format my harddrive, and install clean install Windows on it, I'm not sure if I'll be able to boot from it or not... Do you think I should reinstall Windows?

There's no point to a clean install to a suspicious or shaky drive.

Do you have any particular reason to believe the drive is healthy? Or Unhealthy?



It does not boot.

I think the drive though is completely healthy because when I turn on my computer the hard disk indicator flashes which obviously means that it is reading the hard drive when I turn on the pc. There is probably something blocking access to Windows. I think it may be in the 100mb System partition. But I'm not too sure what it may be.
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3 Weeks Ago   #26
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd do what I could to verify that the drive is in decent shape---via drive manufacturer's fitness tests downloadable from the manufacturer, SMART data, or whatever you can access. I think you can put those drive tests on a bootable CD, DVD, or maybe even USB flash drive.

I wouldn't assume that a drive activity light meant much of anything other than that the discs are spinning.

The 100 MB partition is entirely optional. I don't use it. But I'm unclear why it would interfere unless the boot files that it typically contains are compromised in some way.
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3 Weeks Ago   #27
blunde

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Good News! I went a little ahead of myself and restored the factory image using recovery disks that HP forced me to create when I first got the computer. Windows is working and there are no problems.

Thanks to everyone who helped me in this process! I can't thank you guys enough.
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