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Windows 7: Bootmgr missing, won't boot from DVD drive

19 Feb 2015   #11
Robering

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hello again, I installed Linux mint cinnamon on a flash drive and it booted fine but froze as soon as I tried to click on a menu item. I tried an earlier edition too (forgot what it was called now) but that didn't even load and all I got was a screen full of code. Now that I know how to boot from a USB /-) I used rufus to create a bootable USB repair disk. The repair options loaded but when I went in to startup repair, there was no OS listed. I opened the command prompt option and followed an online tutorial and used some bootrec.exe tools including scanos which told me that it could not find an OS installed. Is there a way to get it to recognise the Win7 that's on there or might this mean that it's gone for good?


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19 Feb 2015   #12
Robering

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hi, I've tried the Linux Mint cinnamon edition and it loaded but freezes when I click on anything. I tried an earlier version of mint too but that didn't even load. Now that I know how to boot from a USB /-) I used rufus to create a bootable USB repair disk which worked. However, there is no OS listed when I go into startup repair. I opened the command prompt option and followed a tutorial to use the bootrec.exe commands including /scanos and that also told me that there was no OS installed. Is there a way to get it to recognise the Win7 that's on there or might it be gone for good??
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19 Feb 2015   #13
Robering

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Sorry, didn't think the last message posted!!!
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19 Feb 2015   #14
Robering

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Hi , I installed Linux mint cinnamon on a flash drive and it booted fine but froze as soon as I tried to click on a menu item. I tried an earlier edition too (forgot what it was called now) but that didn't even load and all I got was a screen full of code. Now that I know how to boot from a USB /-) I used rufus to create a bootable USB repair disk. The repair options loaded but when I went in to startup repair, there was no OS listed. I opened the command prompt option and followed an online tutorial and used some bootrec.exe tools including scanos which told me that it could not find an OS installed. Is there a way to get it to recognise the Win7 that's on there or might this mean that it's gone for good??
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19 Feb 2015   #15
gregrocker

 

Everything that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

If there is no OS listed to repair when using a known-good repair disk or if necessary the Win7 disk for repairs, skip to the step for running bootrec/bootsect commands to see if it shows up.
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19 Feb 2015   #16
Midori

Primary OS: Archlinux with Kde-Plasma5 x86-64. Secondary OS: Windows 8.1 x64. UEFI Setup.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Are you saying you want to create a system repair disc, but put it on a usb drive ?

Not sure if that`s possible.

Why not just make the startup repair disc (CD)
You can make a USB-Drive with System repair using Grub4dos and Winre:
95 - Make a bootable Windows Recovery USB Flash drive from a Windows 7 system - RMPrepUSB

Also if you want to try see if your HDD could be failing, you can use a software called Hard Disk sentinel:
Hard Disk Sentinel - DOS version
Dos version works best, also be sure to connect your HDD a Sata or Ide port cause USB has trouble sending SMART(HDD health Log) to programs.

Also, remember to make a Backup and make sure not to write as that will shorten the life of the drive.
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19 Feb 2015   #17
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

I wouldn't worry about Win7 yet, the first business is getting the data. I would go with Puppy Linux rather than Mint. It's very light and if anything is going to boot correctly, it will. Or on the windows side, I would go with a Win XP PE disk....

You should be seeing the data when you look into that disk. If you don't, then you need to stop and consider how important it is. Because the more you play with a failing drive -if that's the case here - the less chance you will have of rescuing data.

Windows can always be reinstalled. Data is a different matter.

edit: illegal reference deleted.
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19 Feb 2015   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I would go with Puppy Linux rather than Mint. It's very light
Puppy is light (so what) but a bitch to operate for data recovery. Mint is a lot more intuitive and familiar for a Windows user.
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19 Feb 2015   #19
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

Perhaps, but first he needs to get an OS to boot correctly.
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20 Feb 2015   #20
Midori

Primary OS: Archlinux with Kde-Plasma5 x86-64. Secondary OS: Windows 8.1 x64. UEFI Setup.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paul1149 View Post
Or on the windows side, I would go with a Win XP PE disk, which is already on Hiren's Boot CD.
Becareful suggesting Hiren, the MiniXP in hiren is a illegal version of Windows BartPE and is against the rules in some forums.

Best is to simply use a Linux based boot cd to try access the files on your HDD.Good luck ^^.
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