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Windows 7: Can't boot into Windows 7 Ultimate with Bitlocker

12 Apr 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 
Can't boot into Windows 7 Ultimate with Bitlocker

Can't boot into Windows 7 Ultimate with bitlocker anymore....I know the boot sector is messed up more than likely...I have done all the tricks with bootsec.exe and the commands ..I even tried startup repair it repairs but still doesn't boot ....The bitlocker key is on a usb hard drive and is connected but still the error....


Booting up i get a black screen loading operating system then a message on the screen saying please remove any discs from drive and press any key to reboot HELP

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12 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Copy out your files to external USB drive using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
or Paragon rescue dis to recover data.

Then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - the steps are the same for retail install.

If necessary wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command from DVD Command line using DISKPART At PC Startup
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12 Apr 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

i have 2 partitions a windows 7 C: with all my progs/files which i can wipe and a d: with all my music/movies/pics that i dont want to lose....
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12 Apr 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I would back it all up. Even if you preserve D with the greatest of care there is still a slight risk of something going wrong during an install or repair.

Can you access your files now using either of the methods recommended, or a Linux CD?
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12 Apr 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

i can see the drives etc etc but can't click them
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12 Apr 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Bitlocker must secure them even in boot mode.

I would try another method or two: Paragon, Windows 7 DVD, and a Linux CD.
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12 Apr 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

See the problem is i have a windows 7 pro x64 dvd but not ultimate if that matters at all..i have used the tools in paragon but still nothing
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12 Apr 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

As long as it's the same bit-version then it should work for repairs and copying out files. The latest installer ISO for your licensed version is in the Clean Reinstall tutorial I linked earlier. Perhaps you should read it.
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16 Apr 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
 
 

can't do that either....it says to turn ff bitlocker it wont let me install if i could turn off bitlocker i wouldnt need this lol windows
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16 Apr 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

So you are ready to Clean Reinstall?

Boot the Windows 7 DVD to wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command accessing DISKPART At PC Startup.

Since Bitlocker is on the 100mb System Reserved partition it should be wiped along with the whole HD and unable to block it unless it has another method to foil Diskpart in a booted DVD which does not need to access the HD at all. We shall see.

If it fails I'd try another method like free Partition Wizard CD which uses a Linux Boot disk and can wipe the HD from its Disk tab when you click on Disk # to highlight it.
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