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Windows 7: Need Urgent help with booting


09 Apr 2010   #1

Win7 Ultimate
 
 
Need Urgent help with booting

Made an inadvertant error on my Windows 7 computer details are:

Hard drive 1TB - partioned as:

Drive C - 200GB
Drive D - 100MB - system drive
Drive E - 300Gb
Drive F - 487GB

I decided to split Drive F into 2 drives, so using the Disk Management routine I shrunk Drive F by 200GB and then created a new volume with the 200GB, setting the drive as S.

I then installed MSFlight Simulator X onto drive S. I came up with a problem while it was installing Direct X and after downloading directx webinstall and receiving an error pointing to my dvd drive I just used the Restart option to reboot my machine.

The reboot now stops at the Loading Operating System message and that's it. It has occurred to me that perhaps the computer is now trying to boot from the new drive S that I created and not from my original C drive.

Could someone advise me how to change the boot drive back to Drive C, I have tried to Google an answer but after several hours it appears pointless so I'm hoping that some forum member will have an answer for me.

Thanks

Ray

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09 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Run a startup repair.

Startup Repair
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09 Apr 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the forum,

I think this tutorial will help you out with that,

Startup Repair
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09 Apr 2010   #4

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the replies, however the Startup Repair does seem to point to the fact that the system is somehow not starting correctly. I do not think that this is the problem at all. My thoughts are that the creation of the additional drive resulted in Windows assigning the active patition to the new drive and this drive has NO operating system on it. As I see it the resolution is:

a) Delete the new partition Drive S
b) Re activate the original Active partition Drive C.

Under other windows this would have been achieved by simply running Fdisk, assigning the Active drive and rebooting the machine, however fdisk does not seem to recognise NTFS or Sata disks and therein I believe lies the problem.

What I'm looking for is some routine like fdisk which will do just that. Our advancing technology has surely kept up with Windows 98. (I hope)

Ray
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09 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

click start and type "System Configuration" in the Search bar.
Click on "System Configuration" at the top of the list which brings up:
General | Boot | Services | Startup | Tools (tabs)

You should be able to point to the partition that Windows resides on in the Boot tab
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09 Apr 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Ray1935, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you know for a fact the partition number that the flight sim is on you can use diskpart to zero that partition; you may have to do it from a command window at boot (see the "note" in the tutorial) then maybe you can get it to start in safe mode to mark C: as active then do at least 3 startup repairs to fix it (it takes at least 3) to finish the repair.
BTW, diskpart takes a while to zero a partition, it took 2 hours to do a 300GB drive for me, diskpart will tell you when it's finished just let it do its thing.

Have a look at the tutorial and the snip below.


Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

click this image to enlarge
Need Urgent help with booting-diskpart.jpg


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09 Apr 2010   #7

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions however the problem was caused when I reduced the drive size and added another partition (My Drive S). I finally discovered a free Partition Manager which allowed me to delete the newly created partition and recover all my lost partitions. My system is now back to normal.

For anyone interested the partition manager was Partition Wizard.

Ray
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09 Apr 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Glad you got it sorted out and thanks for posting your solution.
Derek
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09 Apr 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Ray.



We're glad you found a solution that works for you, thanks for the update.
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09 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ray1935 View Post
Thanks everyone for the suggestions however the problem was caused when I reduced the drive size and added another partition (My Drive S). I finally discovered a free Partition Manager which allowed me to delete the newly created partition and recover all my lost partitions. My system is now back to normal.

For anyone interested the partition manager was Partition Wizard.

Ray
Glad you have it sorted out and thanks for posting the solution.
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