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Windows 7: Disk boot failure after deleting WinXP partition


16 Aug 2010   #1

Win7
 
 
Disk boot failure after deleting WinXP partition

Greetings,

I've recently rendered my computer useless by deleting my Windows XP partition to merge the remaining space into my Windows 7 partition. Now I get a "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" error.

I've run the Startup Repair utility about six times now and have had no progress. The 'System Recovery Options' panel doesn't detect anything (The window that has two dot check points; One being 'restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier', the other 'Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows'). I don't know what drivers it expects me to find, but any help there would be great.

So here are a few things i've tried;

I'm not sure what information is worth mentioning, so i'll mention it all.
Running the startup repair six times, as mentioned previously.

Bootrec /scanos - [1] D:\Windows
Bootrec /fixboot - Element not found
Bootrec /fixmbr - The operation completed successfully.

Diskpart List disk: Disk 0 Status online.

I selected disk 0
Diskpart list partition:
Partition 1 T:Primary S:93gigs Offset: 31kb
Partition 2 T:Primary S:138gigs Offset: 94gigs

I don't have have experience in Diskpart, so I didn't do any more queries.

How could I get out of this rut?


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16 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Tetsuma, welcome to Seven Forums!





First you have to mark the Windows 7 partition as active, then you will need to run as many as 3 separate startup repairs with system restarts between the repairs to write the boot files to the Windows 7 partition.
Be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Partition - Mark as Active

Startup Repair

System Repair Disc - Create
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16 Aug 2010   #3

Win7
 
 

Bare Foot Kid, you're awesome.

I'm posting this from my recently defunct computer, now up and running .

In the interest of keeping it this way, I was hoping you could help me with one last problem.

Here is a screen shot of my hard-drive from with-in paragon's partition manager:


Could you tell me how to merge these partitions without issues please?
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16 Aug 2010   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Answer courtesy of Brink...

Partition or Volume - Extend
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16 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm glad you got it running; you'll have to use the program at the link below as Windows can not resize to the left; have a good look through the whole tutorial and you'll see how.



Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD





Though I'd do a wipe of that partition before you resize Windows back into it.

click to enlarge
Disk boot failure after deleting WinXP partition-wipe.jpg


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16 Aug 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tetsuma View Post
Bare Foot Kid, you're awesome.

I'm posting this from my recently defunct computer, now up and running .

In the interest of keeping it this way, I was hoping you could help me with one last problem.

Here is a screen shot of my hard-drive from with-in paragon's partition manager:

Could you tell me how to merge these partitions without issues please?




I just realised you have Paragon as I do; right click the partition to be resized and select resize; as I said before I would use Paragon to do a wipe of the old partition before the resize.
Disk boot failure after deleting WinXP partition-par.jpg


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19 Aug 2010   #7

Win7
 
 

Sorry for the late reply, issues with my ISP.

I have my full drive unpartitioned again, thanks Bare Foot Kid- I can't stress enough, just how much help you've provided.
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19 Aug 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'n very glad I could help, you're welcome and thanks for the update.
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