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Windows 7: Win 7 can't locate hard drive in system restore, can't load login

08 Jun 2016   #1
yuri13

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Win 7 can't locate hard drive in system restore, can't load login

After power failure my Windows 7 can't load login screen. I have a custom dual boot machine with Ubuntu Linux and Windows 7. Ubuntu loads fine and I can access files for Windows 7 through it; however, when I try to log in to Windows, it refuses to load. I tried all kinds of things that I was able to Google about this, but no success. The problem is that Windows doesn't present any operating system to choose when I try to run "startup repair" so I cannot run "sfc /scanf" or any other restore command since the harddrive is not recognized. But I know that it's not the problem with HD or its connection to the motherboard since I can still access Window files through Linux, so I'm really lost at what to do now to fix this boot problem. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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08 Jun 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Welcome to our forum yuri13.

I no expert on anything but I did find one of the forums tutorials by iseeuu that might help.
Take a read here.

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

At the bottom of the tutorial their are some more option you might want to take a look at.

Here they are.

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08 Jun 2016   #3
yuri13

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The problem is that on step 3 of the "MBR tutorial" where is says "Select an operating system to repair" under the System Recovery Options. It doesn't recognize my operating system, so there is nothing listed there for me to choose to "repair".
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08 Jun 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Do you have a proper Windows 7 installation DVD to work with?

If it was my computer the next thing I would try is this and see how it goes.
I personally have never use these tutorials because I have never had to.
That being said; I do trust the Forums Tutorials and that is the reason I suggested them.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
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08 Jun 2016   #5
yuri13

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, I tried the above steps before and the result was the same, ie when it asks to choose the OS to repair, there is nothing listed there for me to select. I went ahead and repeated the steps again so I could get you the exact error message that I am presented with if I still click next and try to run system repair anyway. The error message is:

Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem Signature 01: 0.0.0.0
Problem Signature 02: 0.0.0.0
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 0
Problem Signature 05: unknown
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: unknown
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
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08 Jun 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Install EasyBCD on Linux, see if you can repair the boot code, that is if it`ll see the windows 7 install.

Download EasyBCD - MajorGeeks

or

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
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09 Jun 2016   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks AddRAM for dropping by to help.
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09 Jun 2016   #8
yuri13

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It looks like EasyBCD is a windows executable, so I won't be able to install it on Linux, but I installed Grub Customizer and it recognizes Windows7 loader there. Like I said previously, I can access the Windows files through Linux, but cannot login to the Windows7 HD. What I'm trying to figure out is how to make my boot to recognize the hard drive on which Windows7 is installed so it can get to login screen after the "starting windows" message. Also, correct me if I'm wrong but I think Grub Customizer and EasyBCD can only reoder the boot order but not make the machine recognize the hard drive.
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09 Jun 2016   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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09 Jun 2016   #10
yuri13

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Let me see if I got it right, I should create a bootable USB with EasyBCD on it, restart the computer into EasyBCD. And what should I do then?
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