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Windows 7: C drive corrupted? Help!

21 Aug 2011   #1
Abbigail2011

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C drive corrupted? Help!

While installing windows 7 ultimate my computer restarted and now the c drive is corrupted and it won't install. Is there a way to fix this?


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21 Aug 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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21 Aug 2011   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Abbigail2011, welcome to Seven Forums!


If there's anything you need to recover from the Hard Disk Drive have a look at the information in the tutorial linked below on how to copy out that data to external media.
How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

If not I suggest you run the clean command to over-write the HDD MBR and start the installation again from scratch and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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9) To rule out HDD Master Boot Record format errors, boot the Windows 7 installation media to diskpart and run the clean command, it takes only seconds to complete; once the clean finishes, exit diskpart and use the Windows 7 installer to create and format a single 100GB partition for the installation.

If that doesn't work, after another clean, use diskpart to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to see if that works, use Step Two #2 in the SSD/HDD tutorial for reference.

10) If you have ever had Linux installed to the HDD in any way, a simple clean command will not over-write the Grub boot-loader, you must use the full clean all command to completely over-write the Grub loader so Windows will install.
How to Boot to DISKPART at PC Startup

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21 Aug 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Were you installing to C drive? How do you know it's corrupted?
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21 Aug 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Greg, I think we may have overwhelmed the OP with too much info at one time, perhaps you should continue on from here one step at a time and I'll leave you to it for now.
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21 Aug 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

Ted - I just wanted to clarify since not enough information was given, but she still has some good choices to start. g
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21 Aug 2011   #7
Abbigail2011

Windows 7 64 bit?
 
 

I did as BareFootKid suggested an I now have a clean install on windows 7 on my computer! Thanks for the help! And I knew the c dive was corrupted because I tried to restart the install and it told me it couldn't install windows 7 there because it was corrupted or damaged. again, thanks for the suggestions everyone!

Abby
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21 Aug 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Abby .


Good to see you got it sorted and thanks for the update.
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21 Aug 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

Likely Boot sector corruption. Good call, Ted.
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22 Aug 2011   #10
theog

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You are welcome.
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