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Windows 7: Cannot get into BIOS after mini tool partition resize

03 Mar 2015   #11
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Shouldn't there be a partition, regardless of the drive letter, that is listed in Disk Management as "Boot, Page File, Crash Dump" also?


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03 Mar 2015   #12
TVeblen

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You can't fit a Windows operating system on a 100MB partition!
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03 Mar 2015   #13
Mexman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Win 8.1, Win 10 preview, ubuntu14
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post

I will say that if G (as shown) is the Windows partition on what is currently the second drive on this other machine, it's really very very small for a Windows 7. Only a 20GB partition, with only 10GB used? That's unbelievably tiny. But I guess if it "works" as the system partition when booting to it on this other machine, then it must work. But it really does look very very tiny for "used". Never saw a Win7 with only 10GB used.
Yes, it is a little tight, I usually make them 30GB for simple installs. I try to keep the C partition for Windows only, and all other data on other partitions. With hibernation disabled and the pagefile on a diff partition , you can keep the root drive quite small. Biggest issue is the Winsxs folder keeps growing.
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03 Mar 2015   #14
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
You can't fit a Windows operating system on a 100MB partition!
That's not a Windows system partition!! That's simply "system reserved" for Boot Manager. Standard 100MB size for that.

Windows on that drive is located (apparently) on what shows as G in the current screenshots. That's 20GB.

The third partition on that drive (H) is apparently a "data" partition.

OP didn't spread the columns for DISKMGMT, so we can't see the text in the crucial cells. But C (on DISK0) is where the true Windows lives in this other special setup where the problem drive has simply been temporarily connected as DISK1. Hence why its partitions appear to be "normal" partitions on a second drive, although we really know what they really are when the drive is used as a true primary boot drive.
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03 Mar 2015   #15
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Mexman,

Your specs show an SSD in the primary machine, along with two WD black spinners. Is this correct?

You also say this problem drive (80GB?) is connected with IDE cable?? Not SATA? Which drive would this be in your specs story?

Have you tried using PW's "align all partitions" operation on DISK1 (with the current setup where the problem drive is connected as a second drive in the other machine)?

It's certainly unheard of in my own experience for the BIOS to be in any way impacted by a disk drive format, so that it doesn't "post" and complete. Sure, it might not actually be able to boot (if say the boot sequence is wrong, or if there is no "active" partition found, etc.), but the BIOS itself should certainly complete and shouldn't hang in the middle.
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03 Mar 2015   #16
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Well, I gots to be stubborn.
I have never seen a screenshot of Disk Management that had a partition that contained Windows on it that simply said "Healthy, Primary Partition".
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03 Mar 2015   #17
Mexman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Win 8.1, Win 10 preview, ubuntu14
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Mexman,

Your specs show an SSD in the primary machine, along with two WD black spinners. Is this correct?

"My specs"? I just connected the 80gb probem drive to another PC to get the screenshot. It has a 1200GB boot drive, no SSD

You also say this problem drive (80GB?) is connected with IDE cable?? Not SATA? Which drive would this be in your specs story?

Yes, IDE cable and I have tried another cable. The 80GB problem drive is a Deskstar

Have you tried using PW's "align all partitions" operation on DISK1 (with the current setup where the problem drive is connected as a second drive in the other machine)? No, not sure why that would make any difference to the BIOS, but may be worth a try.

It's certainly unheard of in my own experience for the BIOS to be in any way impacted by a disk drive format, so that it doesn't "post" and complete. Sure, it might not actually be able to boot (if say the boot sequence is wrong, or if there is no "active" partition found, etc.), but the BIOS itself should certainly complete and shouldn't hang in the middle.

I agree, the K8S-mx bios must be looking a little deeper and getting confused.
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03 Mar 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Mexman so these folks can have a proper look please complete this tutorial by Golden. I think it just might reveal some things if done properly.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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03 Mar 2015   #19
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Well, I gots to be stubborn.
I have never seen a screenshot of Disk Management that had a partition that contained Windows on it that simply said "Healthy, Primary Partition".
On the boot drive, sure.

But on a second drive that contains a "residual" partition that actually is what once was a Windows partition? Why wouldn't it just be a "healthy" partition that is non-empty? It's just "residual" data on it, which happens to have been a usable Windows system partition at one time.

At this very moment it's not even in the Boot Manager menu on the current machine primary drive, so it's not even seen in any way as an available second bootable OS (which might be what possibly makes it show up as a second "system" partition in your comment, in addition to the currently booted Windows C partition which for sure shows as "system").
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03 Mar 2015   #20
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mexman View Post
"My specs"? I just connected the 80gb probem drive to another PC to get the screenshot. It has a 1200GB boot drive, no SSD
Now I'm a bit more confused. Is this a THIRD machine you're now talking about?

Your screenshot as posted shows two drives, one of which could be a 160GB drive as DISK0, with the problem 80GB drive as DISK1. I see no 1200GB boot drive?? Did you mean 120GB instead? And I still don't see that either.

Anyway, your forum "specs" show some machine with Kingston 64GB SSD and two WD Black spinners. Is that true or not? Is it either of the machines we're currently discussing, or yet some other machine?
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