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Windows 7: Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose import

09 Apr 2013   #1
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
 
 
Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose import

Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine experienced a BSOD crash on their Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately I was not in a position to see the exact message that was presented, however in my experience this doesn't always make a great deal of difference. After offering to fix my friend's computer I quickly discovered that one of the installed RAM sticks is faulty. I replaced both RAM sticks, and tested - all is fine on the RAM front. However the hard drive also appears to be corrupt. Windows 7 will not boot, and I have tried the following to rectify the situation:

1). Booted into Windows Recovery (using the W7 installation disk)



2). Windows didn't detect an Operating System install, so I made my way to the Command Prompt



3). Executed a number of commands that would normally fix the MBR and other boot related issues, notice after both the bootrec.exe /fixmbr & the bootrec.exe /fixboot commands reported "...completed successfully"! Then I issued the bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd command and Windows 7 promptly informed me that it couldn't find any Windows installations...



4). I then considered the possibility that the wrong partition may be set active on the disk, so I tried swapping the Active partitions around (and once this didn't achieve anything I switched back!)



Having had no success with the Recovery options I physically removed the hard disk and connected it to a docking bay -

*** Whilst the docking bay is connected to Windows 7 (64 bit) I get the following message ***



*** When I then use an XP Virtual Machine, and connect the drive to it I get a slightly more promising message ***



I still really want to recover this disk, and boot into Windows 7 from it. There is quite a bit of personal data on this disk that my friend cannot replace. Any suggestions on how I might go about fixing this will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo


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09 Apr 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Did you try running the Startup Repair? Perhaps 3 times.
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09 Apr 2013   #3
Kaktussoft

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Code:
chkdsk/f  c:
chkdsk/f  d:
No errors? all repaired? If repaired ... run it again.

Code:
 
sfc  /scannow  /offbootdir=c:\  /offwindir=c:\windows
post results

Has C folders called windows, program files etc? It looks as nothing is gone?
What error on normal boot?
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09 Apr 2013   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Code:
diskpart
list vol
select disk 0
select part 1
detail part
post output
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09 Apr 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Since OP can't boot he can't run cmd.
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09 Apr 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Since OP can't boot he can't run cmd.
He can in win7 recovery environment
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09 Apr 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Since OP can't boot he can't run cmd.
He can in win7 recovery environment
Oh, I see, I missed where you mentioned the RE.
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