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Windows 7: Windows breaks after every repair install

30 Apr 2013   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

"Clean" will take just a couple of minutes depending on your HDD size. "Clean all" can take hours to run.


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30 Apr 2013   #12
valzi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
"Clean" will take just a couple of minutes depending on your HDD size. "Clean all" can take hours to run.
Yes, I know that. My question wasn't about that. I want to know if there is a (probably bootdisk) alternative that would be faster/better. For example, HDD Erase or Active Kill Disk.
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30 Apr 2013   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

As far as I know writing zeros to a HDD will take a lot of time no matter what program is used. The only better way but slower would be to overwrite the disk multiple times.
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30 Apr 2013   #14
valzi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That's what I thought. Oh well!
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30 Apr 2013   #15
valzi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

One more question: Is there any reason why I'd want the hidden recovery partition that Windows 7 will install if I'm going to be making a system image anyway?
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30 Apr 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

What hidden Recovery partition? Win7 installs no such thing.

Are you referring to the 100mb System Reserved boot partition? If so you can avoid it if you worry that it will complicate image recovery by pre-formatting your HD as shown in Step 2.2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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30 Apr 2013   #17
valzi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

We have a different understanding of "hidden." To me, hidden means "purposely removed from visibility." The recovery partition is purposely kept away from users (with good reason.)

Anyway, I can't seem to find much information in support of keeping it or against keeping it. I have no interest in bitlocker, and I plan to use a recovery image as well as a Windows 7 install disk for repair operations, so I can't think of a reason to keep the partition. On the other hand, it appears that the partition sometimes causes problems when imaging. Therefore, unless someone wants to suggest a reason to keep it, I'm about to skip it.


Thanks for the method for doing so, gregrocker.

(And thanks for all the other help too, gregrocker and Britton30!)
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30 Apr 2013   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valzi View Post
One more question: Is there any reason why I'd want the hidden recovery partition that Windows 7 will install if I'm going to be making a system image anyway?
It doesn't have one unless you didn't do a drive format before installing w7.
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30 Apr 2013   #19
gregrocker

 

And its not a Recovery partition by any definition of the term.
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01 May 2013   #20
valzi

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, everything's working great after my reinstall! Thanks!
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