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Windows 7: System disk disappeared after Macrium install and usb boot stick creat

02 May 2013   #1
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
System disk disappeared after Macrium install and usb boot stick creat

Trying to be mindful of backups I installed Macrium Free and created a USB boot drive. However, it took about six tries to get that made. When I went to reboot, the message was: insert the proper media and reboot. It took about a dozen times for the USB drive to be accepted as the boot drive.

My system drive no longer appears in the list of drives. I thought it might be a MBR thing, but there is no disk to select to rewrite the MBR. I tried 'fixmbr /scanos' but that detected no Windows installation on any of the disks, which is true, because the system disk has gone into a parallel universe.

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I am not entire dumb, but this is way over my head. How do I get my system disk back? I have the Windows 7 repair disk, the Macrium PE USB boot drive to work with so far.

Would appreciate any suggestions.


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02 May 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

Boot into BIOS setup to see if HD is any longer detected. If not reinstall it, change the cables, or replace it.

If so boot the WIn7 repair CD, accept any offered repair. If none then run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots no matter what it reports or finds - even if no installation is found to repair.

If this fails every other possible thing to be done is in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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02 May 2013   #3
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Thanks, Greg, I appreciate the reply. No joy with Repair. On to the Troubleshooting. I'll report later.
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03 May 2013   #4
miching99

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

software not good enuff to put back ur windows into normal state
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03 May 2013   #5
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rebadurchee View Post
Trying to be mindful of backups I installed Macrium Free and created a USB boot drive. However, it took about six tries to get that made. When I went to reboot, the message was: insert the proper media and reboot. It took about a dozen times for the USB drive to be accepted as the boot drive.

My system drive no longer appears in the list of drives. I thought it might be a MBR thing, but there is no disk to select to rewrite the MBR. I tried 'fixmbr /scanos' but that detected no Windows installation on any of the disks, which is true, because the system disk has gone into a parallel universe.

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I am not entire dumb, but this is way over my head. How do I get my system disk back? I have the Windows 7 repair disk, the Macrium PE USB boot drive to work with so far.

Would appreciate any suggestions.
Doesn't macrium see the harddisk at all? Why did it take a dozen times to make macrium usb bootable. Only thing you have to do are:
  • extract the winpe ISO to an empty partition on usb stick
  • that partition must be marked ACTIVE (so bootable). Only PRIMARY partitions can be made ACTIVE
  • put correct bootsector on that partition. But that's done automatically if formatted in win7
Of course boot from usb using BIOS. What problems did you have to make it bootable? How did you fix it?
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03 May 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

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Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online laste download so "Free Download Bootable CD Now!"
Burn it to cd/dvd and boot from it. Does it see the internal disk?
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03 May 2013   #7
rebadurchee

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Thank you all for replying. Much appreciated.

The problems with making the usb stick were mainly interrupted downloads. Then I obviously did something wrong because the computer froze. I finally got a bootable usb stick with Macrium on it. That boot does not see the disk. Neither does the Win7 x64 repair disk, nor does a very old version, 4.1.1, of UBCD, and neither does BIOS setup.

I've run Windows repair off the rescue CD probably 8 or nine times with no joy. I've swapped out the SATA cable, I've changed SATA ports with both old and new cables, I've felt the disk and can feel the drive spinning, so it is getting power.

It seems too much of a coincidence that my HD bricked just at the moment of Macrium usb stick creation. But, then again, life is full of incredible long-odds things.

Later today I will start on the bootrec route, whatever that involves. I will also have to go several miles to another rig to burn a PM DC since all I have here is this netbook. I'll give anything a try.

I am at wit's end.
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03 May 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

Please reply back about whether your HD is detected in BIOS setup, under Storage devices or in boot order. Key to Press to Access BIOS for Various OEM and Computer Systems My Digital Life

It should be listed as its serial number which can be googled to find the maker. THen run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan to check its condition, followed by Disk Check from the DVD or REpair CD System Recovery Options Command Line.

If it checks out OK then work through the steps I gave you earlier which try everything possible for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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03 May 2013   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rebadurchee View Post
Thank you all for replying. Much appreciated.

The problems with making the usb stick were mainly interrupted downloads. Then I obviously did something wrong because the computer froze. I finally got a bootable usb stick with Macrium on it. That boot does not see the disk. Neither does the Win7 x64 repair disk, nor does a very old version, 4.1.1, of UBCD, and neither does BIOS setup.

I've run Windows repair off the rescue CD probably 8 or nine times with no joy. I've swapped out the SATA cable, I've changed SATA ports with both old and new cables, I've felt the disk and can feel the drive spinning, so it is getting power.

It seems too much of a coincidence that my HD bricked just at the moment of Macrium usb stick creation. But, then again, life is full of incredible long-odds things.

Later today I will start on the bootrec route, whatever that involves. I will also have to go several miles to another rig to burn a PM DC since all I have here is this netbook. I'll give anything a try.

I am at wit's end.
If BIOS can't see the disk.... UBCD, win7 install dvd, .... no software can see it!
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03 May 2013   #10
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

might be recognised by the bios, but it might need the correct drivers for the drives to recognise the ntfs disk format. a custom winpe build including any windows sata drivers may be needed. my last motherboard needed to have the sata drivers manually added to the winpe image in order to see the hard drive from the macrium rescue cd. you may need to contact macrium support. check the knowledge base. they also have a support forum that might help.
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