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Windows 7: Hard Drive Makes Boot Hang

01 Jan 2011   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SeanHellen View Post
ok, gave it a whirl and nothings changed...just as I thought it wouldnt do about half way through the restore process

Problem is, I have made an image (stored on the storage hdd) of the hard disk with windows on it...but it has also taken the drive letter with it, so I am the same as I was before the restore.

So, can I boot into dos, format E Drive, change E to C and then restore to C drive? If so, how (more the 1st 2 as I am not too familiar with dos, but I know how the restore thing works now)?

I even tried installing windows on what little bit of room I had on the storage drive left, going to disk management and formatting E drive from there (since I thought the windows files on E drive wouldnt be in use), but it wouldnt let me
I am about out of ideas. I suggest you send Gregrocker a private message and ask him to look at this thread. He can probably give you some suggestions.

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02 Jan 2011   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

What I suggest when dealing with multiple drives (and only one boot drive) is to unplug ALL HDDs except the one you want Windows on when you install Windows. This serves 2 purposes, it allows you to ensure Windows will be on C and it ensures you don't delete data you want to keep.
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02 Jan 2011   #23
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The only time Windows 7 will not assume C during install is if you run the installer from another OS. For this reason you should always boot the Windows 7 installer, and install with all other HD's unplugged.

There is no way to change an OS drive letter safely once it assumes the letter.

If you are unhappy with performance, I would back up all my data externally, to another HD, or to another computer on your network. Then clean reinstall with all other HD's unplugged following the tips given here to get a perfect reinstall: re-install windows 7
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02 Jan 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi everyone, I am now happy to report that after much swearing, 3 windows installs and numerous formatting of discs and hours worth of swapping files, I now have drive letters how I want them...thanks to the info above as I discovered windows didnt bother installing the boot record (or whatever it does) to the hard drive I wanted it to as it already had a record from the other drive...hence I couldnt format the drive as the boot rec stored there.

I am however back to square 1 as the 1 drive that was causing the fuss in the first place is still causing a fuss, other 3 drives (1 with windows installed + 2 storage) are working fine, just this 1 drive being a pain
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04 Jan 2011   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi again SeanHellen
Do you have any other hard drives in your pc?
Because if you have more than 1 OS they can sometimes interfere and make you boot hang.
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04 Jan 2011   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi there Ash30000 - lets see if you can solve this one too

I have 3 Storage Hdd's (1 of which is being a pain) and the one with windows installed on it.

I have unplugged the 2 good storage hdd's and left the windows and bad drive but still it hangs when all the dots make the windows sign at "starting windows" screen

I have tried master, slave and cable select jumper setting on the drive but none work.

Bios is recognising there is something there and is fine, windows just doesnt like it

There are 2 jumper positions I havent tried yet as I dont want anything bad to happen...although I cant see how it would, but knowing my luck - these are "master with non-ata compatible slave" and "Alternate capacity. Limits drive to 32GB"
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04 Jan 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Hi SeanHellen
Have you tried disk Defragment? or can you not boot into windows at all?
Let me know
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04 Jan 2011   #28

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

I know it may be an additional expense but from what I've read the only thing you haven't tried was the suggestion to hook up the drive to a USB external enclosure and try using it that way.
Would it be possible that you might have a friend or someone you could borrow an external enclosure and give that a try? CS would be the setting I would use.
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04 Jan 2011   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Ash30000 - Hi - I can't boot to windows at all, it just stays at the windows starting screen...I give up first and restart the pc...waited about 30 mins once and it didnt move so I htought that was a fair amount of time for it to sort itself out

thefabe - i dont think anyone I know of has an enclosure, and like you say it would be another expense

I have even tried connecting it when windows has loaded (plug the power in before i start the pc obviously, then just attach the sata cable later) just on the off-chance windows would pick it up, but no joy
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04 Jan 2011   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Just a shot in the dark...........Does the BIOS show drive in the setup?
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