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Windows 7: Multi-Boot Nightmares


13 Oct 2010   #21
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It would really help to see a snip of disk management.


In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that, it should look similar to this.

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13 Oct 2010   #22

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Barefoot

It won't boot.
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13 Oct 2010   #23
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Maybe that'll teach me to skim a long thread to help.



Your suggestion to try to only boot the original HDD sounded the best idea, did he try that?
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13 Oct 2010   #24

 
 

Bare Foot Kid

More than happy to post a snap of Disk Manager, but only have one drive in the system at the moment, which only has one partition on it (original Windows 7).

Plus, despite running all the suggested fixes I unfortunately still can't boot into it - no luck: after 3 Startup Repairs I'm still getting:

'autochk program not found - skipping autocheck'

I'm crashing for the night (I'm in the UK). Back in a few hours to tear my last few remaining hairs out.

Thanks again

Jules
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13 Oct 2010   #25

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He is trying to get the main HD booted so the clone is disconnected.

Mike
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13 Oct 2010   #26
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Jules, we'll be here; just come back to this same thread so we'll know where to start.
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13 Oct 2010   #27
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Did you mark the Windows 7 partitions Active first as suggested earlier?

Without the Disk Management screenshot, you'll need to plug in a Windows 7 HD, mark it's partition Active using Diskpart from DVD or Repair CD Command Line, then run Startup Repair repeatedly.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Start by booting the Install DVD or Repair CD, press Shift F10 at first screen to open a Command Line, then use these Diskpart commands given here: Mark as Active

Once you bring the Windows 7 partition into focus you can "Detail Partition" to see if it's already marked Active, or just write "active" to do it again. Then run the Repair.

When one starts up, do the next one with the first one unplugged.


Once you get one Windows 7 HD started up, plug the others in and post back a screenshot of your full Disk mgmt drive map with listings. They may already be able to individuall boot via BIOS Boot Order or BIOS one-time Boot Screen.
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13 Oct 2010   #28

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Greg

OP ran the Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
Still wouldn't boot in to Windows.
Quote:
Plus, despite running all the suggested fixes I unfortunately still can't boot into it - no luck: after 3 Startup Repairs I'm still getting:

'autochk program not found - skipping autocheck'

I'm crashing for the night (I'm in the UK). Back in a few hours to tear my last few remaining hairs out.

Thanks again

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13 Oct 2010   #29
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Hi Mike -

Did he mark the partitions active first? I clearly stated that had to be done first and provided the link which shows how to do it from the Install DVD or Repair CD Command line.

Ted was told that OP couldn't boot to post the screenshot but in Post #1 he says he could boot into one Windows 7, so a screenshot with all disks connected would have allowed us to sort it out quickly.

I've just asked again. I'll ask again later if it will help. There are other steps if these fail but knowing if the steps already given were completed or providing a screenshot we can't proceed.
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14 Oct 2010   #30

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you mark the Windows 7 partitions Active first as suggested earlier?

Without the Disk Management screenshot, you'll need to plug in a Windows 7 HD, mark it's partition Active using Diskpart from DVD or Repair CD Command Line, then run Startup Repair repeatedly.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Start by booting the Install DVD or Repair CD, press Shift F10 at first screen to open a Command Line, then use these Diskpart commands given here: Mark as Active

Once you bring the Windows 7 partition into focus you can "Detail Partition" to see if it's already marked Active, or just write "active" to do it again. Then run the Repair.

When one starts up, do the next one with the first one unplugged.


Once you get one Windows 7 HD started up, plug the others in and post back a screenshot of your full Disk mgmt drive map with listings. They may already be able to individuall boot via BIOS Boot Order or BIOS one-time Boot Screen.
Hey Greg et al - back in the saddle

I'm just going through the first stage of your fix - marking the OS partition Active. I've done that, and have also checked using Detail Partition, but I'm not seeing an active flag at all - can you tell me where/how it would be marked active when I detail it? It does have an asterisk in the far left of the list, but no mention of active anywhere else.

I will then re-run the startup repair 3 times again, and see where that leaves us. As you probably saw, last time I did that, the first run was fine, the second/third found driver errors, but I will retry.

Sorry if this process has been more complicated than it should have been - I'll take full responsibility for not being systematic. I'm now down to one drive and will stick with tests on this until I get this OS up and running, then move from there.

Jules
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