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Windows 7: Need advice with disk partitions; (should D: be NTFS?)

04 Nov 2013   #31
pallesenw

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I think you lost all of us. There are no 4 boot records - just one. You are chasing a red herring.
There are multiple boot records (each partition also has one). The question is what his scanner is reporting.


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04 Nov 2013   #32
mrirondream

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I'll refer you back to this image.

Now according to a post I received from the McAfee community at:
Code:
https://community.mcafee.com/thread/62028
Quote:
As for boot records : it's checking the MBR. If it finds an extra record there you should investigate the reason. Run this program and it will tell you what it finds on the MBR - I've downloaded it and tested it. On mine it found only one record.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/mbrcheck.html
According to this guy the boot records returned in this scan are of the MBR. [not sure if i believe this or not]

I didn't really want to be bothered downloading this thing I'd never heard of, so perhaps you clever folk can tell me if I can check my boot records without downloading things.

I just want to find out if I have the right number of boot records or not.


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04 Nov 2013   #33
AddRAM

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If you haven`t yet, you need to post a shot of disk management, not a result from McAfee.

McAfee is one of the worst programs out there, I used it for over 3 years and saw no positive reason for having it, but that`s just my opinion of it
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04 Nov 2013   #34
mrirondream

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Disk management shot as of today (top) - 4 'boot records'
Disk management shot as of 05/12/12 (bottom) - 3 'boot records'

Hope this helps
MID


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05 Nov 2013   #35
mrirondream

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Anybody please?

I feel like we've nearly made some progress with this stupid boot record reading.

MID
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05 Nov 2013   #36
gregrocker

 

There is obviously no difference.

I'm not sure why you'd be so concerned about something so inconsequential when you could instead be focusing your energy on getting a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with our help since you're here and it's a speciality here.

The difference is that you would go from having the worst possible install of Win7 with worst possible AV, to the best possible install of Win7 with everything that works best based on our having helped here with tens of thousands of installs.
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05 Nov 2013   #37
mrirondream

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Hi Greg.

I'm not trying to be difficult here, I was just keen to find out what had changed in relation to boot records.
From the reply I got on the McAfee forums it didn't sound normal to have 4

As for why I haven't done the clean install; as I think I said I may well be getting a new laptop sometime soon. Also, I don't have any external hard drive available at the moment, although I'm hoping to buy one ASAP

I did just take a look at the linked clean install page however.

Just to clarify; I don't have any disks that came with my laptop or a windows 7 OS disk. I can still do a clean install if I get blank disks and follow the steps on your forum post?

Thanks,
MID
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05 Nov 2013   #38
gregrocker

 

The disk for your licensed version along with tool to burn to DVD is in Steps 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Read over the tutorial to ask back any questions. Every step is compiled there to get and keep a perfect install, especially how to make sure you remember everything to back up, plus the tools, methods and tips that assure you get it perfect.

What's important with that mess is to delete all partitions during the booted Custom install when you get to the drive selection screen, using the Drive Options shown in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 which is the illustrated tutorial for the actual install.
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05 Nov 2013   #39
mrirondream

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Awesome!

I've just got a 500GB hard drive to back up my personal data, so I may end up doing this clean install after all!
I'll give you a shout when I get my hands on a blank disc

Thanks,
MID
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