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Windows 7: Desktop not working: I need my hard drive back!

27 May 2014   #31
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thanks for the update.

When a disk shows as Local Disk, you'll need to correct the MBR or Partition table. Please follow post#19 for instructions.

Once you have the utility disc, we can try to repair it.

Bill
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27 May 2014   #32
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

The disc is burned; should I turn the enclosure back on, with PW still inside? If yes, then what should I do afterwards?
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27 May 2014   #33
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

This might take some time, please be patient and while you wait for a member to reply, read the Partition Wizard (PW)online help. Don't experiment - you can make it impossible to recover any data.

I might have to ask for help if the disk is "stubborn".

So, the first thing I need to see is the main window of PW.

Boot your machine with the CD you created and post a screen shot as shown here:
Main Window of partition magic software. Partition Wizard Main Windows Help

If possible, post an Explore Partition screen shot:
How to Explore Partition - help of partition manager - Partition Wizard.

Perform the following operations and post the results

How to check File System - magic partition manager, Partition Wizard Help

How to view Partition Properties with partition manager? Partition Wizard Help
post all 3 tabs please

If PW cannot read the disc, the next step is to attempt some repairs - please wait for a member to review what you post and then give instructions. The information above will provide guidance on the next steps.
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28 May 2014   #34
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

How do you boot the disc on Windows 8? When I hit F11, I'm given three boot options, and one of them was hl-dt-st bddvdrw which must be the disc drive. Is that what I should click? Sorry, I didn't want to make a mistake.

P.S. just so I'll know, when should the enclosure be on during this process? When it was on during restart, it felt like it couldn't do that unless it was off. So should it be on once the disc is booting or what?
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28 May 2014   #35
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

See option One in Startup Options Menu Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

Good question: Connect the drive AFTER the machine has booted with the Partition Wizard CD

Bill
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28 May 2014   #36
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

I did this, and once it restarted it, or asked me to reboot with a proper device and press any key. The disc was already there, so I pressed a key, didn't work. So, I ejected and put the disc back in and that didn't work either. That's weird.
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28 May 2014   #37
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Hmmm, I don't know Win8 at all. Try one more thing and then I'll ask for help getting past the CD boot thing if it doesn't work.

Going back to your post# 34
When I hit F11, I'm given three boot options, and one of them was hl-dt-st bddvdrw which must be the disc drive. Is that what I should click?

Yes - select the blue ray drive / dvd

Hopefully that will get the PW cd to boot without all the fuss. The connect the drive and post the screen shots requested.

Thanks for you patience and caution.
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28 May 2014   #38
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

Same thing. I couldn't remember the message, the same one as before, but I managed to memorize it before rebooting: it says "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."

I had heard you have to do something in BIOS, but the video I saw and my computer were different. But yeah, this is Windows 8 not 7, more help and input is required.
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28 May 2014   #39
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Ok, thanks for trying that option.

This might work in our favor - you have a 6GB laptop with Win7 - yes. Try booting that machine with the PW CD and we can attempt the recovery there.

If you stay on the Win8 machine, I'm afraid I won't be much help.

Your call.
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28 May 2014   #40
BinkerNate

Windows 7
 
 

Umm, no. The laptop with 6GB memory is Win8, and that's someone else's. The one that is mine is 1GB, and that's Win7. Since both machines loading of the HD was slow, I guess that's normal. Will that work? Also, that laptop has to have an external DVD drive plugged in to work, will that cause problems?
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