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Windows 7: Changed volume partitions and now lost my C: drive

02 Nov 2015   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Could you complete this tutorial by Golden as per post #5 by jumanji

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

This will give these good folks here some needed information.


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02 Nov 2015   #12
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrtennis27 View Post
I tried to convert to basic using Disk Management, but when I right-click on my E: drive, "Delete Volume" cannot be clicked. When I try to delete volume on the Reserved drive, it allows me to click it, but I get an error that I cannot delete it. I figured out how to get into the System Recovery options at boot, but do I want to attempt to convert from dynamic with the Command Prompt "Clean All" process? My E: drive is my bootable drive, so this scares me..

I made my DVD-rom 1st in my boot order, but with my Windows 7 installation CD in, it just bi-passes it and loads Windows like it was not even in there.. If I wipe out my E drive, I am worried I wont be able to install Windows again.

And I do not have any recovery disks... I dont care about anything on this machine, I am just trying to reset it so that I can start all over!
As was said, we need to see the Disk Management. Post it as you did in your first post. If your disks are still Dynamic, that is the first thing that needs to be changed. ULTRA IMPORTANT. Don't make any more changes until we see the Disk Management.
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02 Nov 2015   #13
mrtennis27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So I followed the instructions with Partition Wizard 4.2 and it converted back to Basic just as described! I took a screenshot of Disk Management again, but I figured I would restart before I did anything else. Now I am getting the message: BOOTMGR Missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I cannot upload that screenshot since it is saved to my desktop. I can hit F-10 to enter the BIOS, but cannot boot into Windows!

Remember, I dont have a rescue disk and was going to create one now, but I do not have any blank DVDs with me at my office.

Now what??
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02 Nov 2015   #14
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Look at this Tutorial and see if any of it solutions help you boot your PC.
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
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02 Nov 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are getting that message because there is no Active partition, the 24 GB partition was most likely marked Active (99% positive) and now that it`s unallocated, windows won`t boot.

You need to mark E C whatever it`s called now Active, or windows will never boot. It can be marked Active booting from the install dvd and using Diskpart (pretty technical if you do not know what you`re doing) but simple at the same time.

Marking the system reserved partition might get windows booting because it already has the system files on it.

Running Startup Repair may work, it may not. (Only after a partition has been marked Active)

You only need a CD to create a system repair disc, not a dvd, don`t waste a dvd on that.

Also, the System Reserved partition should not have a letter.
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03 Nov 2015   #16
mrtennis27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I made a new copy of my Windows 7 installation CD and was able to reinstall Windows from the boot screen. I selected the partition that already had Windows 7 installed on it and once it completed the install, my problem was solved! I now have my C drive back and now just have to reinstall all of the drivers, etc. to get myself back up and running. Thank you all for the help with this, but I think I should be good to go now.
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03 Nov 2015   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

We could have helped you do that 4 days ago, thought you wanted to get your old windows to boot again.

Post a new shot of disk management if you could.
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03 Nov 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

mrtennis27

You have been asked 3 times to post Disk Management. We need that so we can see what disk management looks like.

We can't help you stay out of problems if we don't have information.
If we would of had the information sooner we could of helped you to stay away from the problem you had.
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03 Nov 2015   #19
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

He's gone guys. He won't backup and will return with problems soon.
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