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Windows 7: Revived computer wont boot up, error 0xC000000F

06 Feb 2014   #31
kenny99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I make E the boot drive, then does that mean I cant delete its drive path from "My Computer"?

Also, why is D referred to as "System" drive? Windows is only installed on the C drive, & I would like to keep D as a media/backup drive, not a system drive.


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06 Feb 2014   #32
gregrocker

 

This is what happens when you don't have the WIn7 HD in Disk0 position. The repairs you ran moved the System boot files to a preceding Primary partition.

In addition only the partition (SYstem Reserved) booting Win7 should be marked Active. Mark all others Inactive now: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

Then unplug all other HD's, swap the cable for DISK0 to the Win7 HD if at all possible.

Now boot into Win7 installation media or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and System Reserved holds the System Active flag. This is the only method that will handle all aspects of moving the boot files including rewriting the Repair console to F8 boot menu.

You can then plug back in the other HD's and make sure their partitions are all still marked Inactive.

Finally, remove the drive letter from System Reserved partition so nothing can write to and foul it: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
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06 Feb 2014   #33
kenny99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is what happens when you don't have the WIn7 HD in Disk0 position. The repairs you ran moved the System boot files to a preceding Primary partition.

In addition only the partition (SYstem Reserved) booting Win7 should be marked Active. Mark all others Inactive now: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

Then unplug all other HD's, swap the cable for DISK0 to the Win7 HD if at all possible.

Now boot into Win7 installation media or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and System Reserved holds the System Active flag. This is the only method that will handle all aspects of moving the boot files including rewriting the Repair console to F8 boot menu.

You can then plug back in the other HD's and make sure their partitions are all still marked Inactive.

Finally, remove the drive letter from System Reserved partition so nothing can write to and foul it: Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
Im not sure, but i think i've seen part of the problem.

When i boot into recovery, the actual C drive is assigned the letter D, which is the drive where the boot files were placed, but its disconnected now, while the reserved partition is assigned C. Is there a way to change this letter back to C?
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06 Feb 2014   #34
gregrocker

 

Kenny -

The drive letters are not always the same in WinRE. Follow the steps closely in blue link tutorial to mark Inactive. If you need a picture of the drives with labels affixed use Partition Wizard

I gave you the exact steps to resolve this, which have worked tens of thousands of times here before.

Any other questions?
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06 Feb 2014   #35
kenny99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Kenny -

The drive letters are not always the same in WinRE. Follow the steps closely in blue link tutorial to mark Inactive. If you need a picture of the drives with labels affixed use Partition Wizard

I gave you the exact steps to resolve this, which have worked tens of thousands of times here before.

Any other questions?
Dont worry, I understood the process, I had actually sorta fixed it, though your process was much more official

I was just concerned, because repair showed that the recovered OS was on the 'D' drive, while the original D drive still has the old boot files, & EasyBCD still recognises it as the boot device, however the main drive still boots fine without the original D drive attached, so i guess i can live with 2 copies of the boot manager.

Thanks for the help
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06 Feb 2014   #36
gregrocker

 

Why wouldnt you want both HD's independently bootable? You said you cloned one over to the other, so it should be the same, right?

The cleanest way to Dual Boot them is using the BIOS Boot order priority for preferred HD, then trigger other one using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this isn't what you want, then install EasyBCD to the primary Win7 to add the other to a Dual Boot menu.
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07 Feb 2014   #37
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

ACTIVE means the boot partition. So the partition with boot manager and boot menu. It's just a mark for MBR's boot code to jump to that partition.
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