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Windows 7: Got tricked into deleting a valid System Reserved Partition


12 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

That partition program successfully found the System Reserved partition, now i am wondering whether to proceed or to do as i mentioned before.

Any other opinions?

And lol what a dangerous tool, it would delete all existing paritions by default!!!!! Like you said, you have to select all Paritions you want to keep! XD

Still waiting, on whether to proceed with this restore.

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12 Mar 2011   #12
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It can't hurt to try though I have been having issues getting PW to repair system boot files.


I would be really interested to know if it works successfully for you.
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12 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

Ok im going to copy my Documents to my other drive, then try the partition restore.

Whats the chance of loosing my other data by doing this? When you say you had issues, you dint mean any data loss did you?
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12 Mar 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Be sure to post back here with the outcome.
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12 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

Ok, I applied the changes, it restored the partition and files in under a second.

In Disk Management ive marked it as Active, now i will have to test the drive in 24hours when i arrive back at my other PC.

Assigning a Drive Letter to the Partition shows all the files are present.

The Drive Management Window doesnt show "System" as being a property of the drive, unlike my other System Reserved Paritions. Im guessing ill still have to run the Startup Repairs.

Crosses Fingers
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12 Mar 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

When you make it the "System" partition (do the startup repairs) don't allow it to have a drive letter.
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12 Mar 2011   #17

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

Ok ill remove the Drive Letter now so i dont have to worry about that, then im guessing Startup Repair will take care of the rest.
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12 Mar 2011   #18
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

How does disk management list that partition now?
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12 Mar 2011   #19

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

Currently Disk Management says
100MB NTFS System Reserved Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)
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12 Mar 2011   #20
Microsoft MVP

 

May I ask how you started this HD on this computer if it was installed on another computer? Did you SysPrep it or run Paragon Adaptive Restore? Or were you merely attempting to access files?

The reason I ask is that if you Repair on this hardware it may give the System partition a different hardware ID which will not start up on the old hardware.

The correct way to start Windows 7 on different hardware is to SysPrep the HD first on the originally-installed computer or run Paragon Adaptive Restore CD on the HD. This removes all drivers, activation and hardware ID so it starts fresh on new hardware: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

I would wait until you return the 1tb to it's native machine to do the repairs if necessary, post back here if you need further help.

In the future backup your files and a Windows 7 backup image externally at all times.
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