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Windows 7: Cannot boot after shrinking volume

05 Oct 2013   #1
kingdm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cannot boot after shrinking volume

I have one 1TB HDD on my desktop. It has 3 primary partitions:
  1. C: (Boot, Contains Windows)
  2. D: (Backup Disk)
  3. E: (Another Backup Disk)
Now, I wanted to have another partition for my Linux, so I decided to shrink the volume D:. Using Windows Disk Management, I successfully shrink the volume and have a newly RAW partition which is drive H:.

My problem starts when I did a reboot. The Windows will not start anymore, a blinking insert cursor appears. No error or any notice at all. I remember I confirm "Yes" to this warning:



Is there anything that I can do to have my Windows back?


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05 Oct 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

What do you mean you got no warning? It was as plain as can be. You converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's.

The solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Boot CD. You will need to delete the extra partition(s) you created which tipped it to convert to Dynamic before it will convert back to Basic. Delete Partition - Partition Wizard Help Video

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

If Win7 will not start and you confirm it's been converted successfully, then confirm that the 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C is Set Active partition - Partition Wizard Video Help, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

After conversion if you want help adding a partition post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attached using paper clip in Reply Box.
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