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25 Aug 2011   #151
gregrocker

 

The boot sector will not be wiped if you wipe only the partition for Win7, and wiping the boot sector of possible corruption is the only known benefit of a Secure Erase wipe for install failures.

If you have three HD's why are you trying to manage a Dual Boot with XP on the same HD? For the third time now, plug in one of the other HD's and wipe it Secure Erase to try install: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Then you will finally have completed the very first step we gave you pages ago.


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25 Aug 2011   #152
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The boot sector will not be wiped if you wipe only the partition for Win7, and wiping the boot sector of possible corruption is the only known benefit of a Secure Erase wipe.

If you have three HD's why are you trying to manage a Dual Boot with XP on the same HD? For the third time now, plug in one of the other HD's and wipe it Secure Erase to try install: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Then you will finally have completed the very first step we gave you pages ago.
Last question first: I have documentation on those two HDs that I do not want to relocate and do not want on the same HD as the operating system (s). This HD will be restricted to OS (s) and possibly some applications.

I do not understand your comments on the boot sector. Please remember, I am not a power user. I am an old dog learning new tricks.

Are you telling me that I should redo the wipe and select the "Power Erase" option to finish the job?

Another Question (Indication of Ignorance): I now have entries in the Master Boot Manager that are more confusing than before. It reads as follows:

Master Boot Manager
Earlier Version of Windows (I have been selecting to enter XP)
Windows 7
Windows 7
Windows 7
Windows Setup Rollback

Someone please explain.

I am very sorry that this has been such a chore for you guys. Please realize that I am most appreciative of all your times and efforts. I am much more knowledgeable than before. Obviously not a GURU and probably never will be. Hopefully, one day soon, I will at least be a Windows 7 User.
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25 Aug 2011   #153
gregrocker

 

Wiping the HD sometimes solves installation failures. This is why it was first suggested and we assumed you had done it already.

The known benefit of this is to clear the boot sector of corruption, which cannot be done with a partition-specific wipe. You need to wipe the entire HD using the tutorial posted repeatedly.

Can you consolidate your data onto one HD or to the XP HD, so that you can use one to try install after wiping it first?
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25 Aug 2011   #154
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Disable the floppy drive in BIOS. Then physically unplug it.

Done

If you're going to try booting from the DVD, remove USB from boot order list so that only DVD followed by HD is in the list.

There is no reference to USB in my Boot Sequence unless there is a SSD installed.

If your going to try booting from the USB stick, remove DVD drive from boot order so that USB stick is first followed by HD.

Understand

Plug in only one HD which has been wiped using Diskpart: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

I wiped the HD Partition using MiniTool Partition Wizard 6.0 (which I think I was told to do somewhere in this thread. There is no other way that I would even have it on my computer).

Now boot the installer which should autostart anyway if it doesn't prompt to Press any key.
I have not yet done this since I wiped the HD. I am no longer certain that I am ready. I need to rewrite and recheck the master"TO-DO LIST"
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25 Aug 2011   #155
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

I don't know exactly how it happened but I think I know what happened.

I no longer have XP on the HD that I have been using. I fact, I no longer have two partitions.

I guess this is suppose to make it easier; we'll see. Later.

I am going to take a short break from this routine before I stomp on something else that I cannot afford to loose.

Thank you everyone who has contributed to my getting here. I have learned an awful lot; even if the current status doesn't leave that impression.
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25 Aug 2011   #156
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Be sure to keep us posted here when you decide to pick it up again.
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25 Aug 2011   #157
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It looks like you are ready to go now Dusty.

In layman's terms, the boot sector is a small file on the hard disk that keeps track of the important operating system boot information for all of the operating systems installed on your computer. Yours seemed to have been seriously messed up.

It sounds like you wiped the entire hard disk, not just the one W7 partition. That is OK, provided you don't mind losing the XP installation. But you will have nothing to worry about in terms of conflicting boot sector files.

During the Windows 7 installation, if you choose a custom install, you will be given the opportunity to create a new partition for W7, should you feel the need for a second partition for XP.

Just remember to install W7 with just one hard disk and one optical (DVD) drive connected.
Don't miss the "Press any key" message.
And re-read the tutorial for installation again before you start. I actually like to print it out beforehand.

Good Luck!
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25 Aug 2011   #158
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Be sure to keep us posted here when you decide to pick it up again.
Be sure, I will not give up on this.

I had made another attempt to install and it was nearing the end. Completing Installation and then this happened.

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I shut down.


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25 Aug 2011   #159
gregrocker

 

Can you browse in using this method to see if there is a C:/Windows/minidump file you can copy out, zip up and post back for analysis? Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Right off the bat it looks like a memory problem.
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26 Aug 2011   #160
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Can you browse in using this method to see if there is a C:/Windows/minidump file you can copy out, zip up and post back for analysis? Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Right off the bat it looks like a memory problem.
It appears that I can browse but I don't exactly know what I am looking at or looking for.

I was not able to find C:/Windows/minidump or any other file that might be a dump.
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