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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 after hdd format

17 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Installing windows 7 after hdd format

Ok so i was trying ubuntu on my pc and i like it just didn't want it to be my main boot loader. So i deleted ubuntu and then i kept getting the grub not found error. So then i couldn't boot into windows with out having ubuntu on my pc.

So took my hdd out and connected the sata to usb, then to my laptop to format the hard drive. And now im tryingn to install a fresh copy of windows 7, booting from the cd and it tells me my bootmgr is missing.

I also went into windows re multiple times and ran bootrec /fixmgr, /fixboot, /scanOs found 0 of course, and the /rebuild all in the command prompt. I tried the disk part also with no partitions found. I also tried gparted and made my hdd a boot and raid drive. The last thing i tried was install windows 2008 r2, which seemed like it was going to work but soon failed during the installation.

And i dont have any recovery cds or files that i made on my own. I thought installing a fresh copy of windows 7 would still work.

I have tried everything in the book that i know of. What else is there for me possibly to do. Any help will be much appreciated.


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17 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Install the drive back into your computer (guessing this is already done), boot your Windows 7 disc, pick your language, then choose repair. At the command prompt, type "bootsect /nt60 C:" (without the quotes). Restart, then try to install Windows again. Hopefully that will work.
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17 Oct 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can also define a primary active partition on the drive and install to that. May work better.
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17 Oct 2011   #4
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Just boot the Windows 7 installer and install to the target HD plugged in alone.

Reinstalling Windows 7
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18 Oct 2011   #5

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.


Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT

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18 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

theog

I looked at you cmd prompt and you have c:\....\.....

MY computer shows x:\....\.....

Why is that?
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18 Oct 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

What happens if you

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Just boot the Windows 7 installer and install to the target HD plugged in alone.

Reinstalling Windows 7
Wiping the HD may not be necessary.
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18 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

if i boot from the windows 7 cd and not the windows re cd, it says bootmgr is missing


edit: just tried "bootsect /nt60 c:" it said updated to ntsc format and i thought that was working. But when i put the windows 7 cd installation disk in, i got the same old error, bootmgr is missing
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18 Oct 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

That message means the disk is not booting. Have you set BIOS to boot DVD/CD first? How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Next Try using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger the DVD to boot.

Are you getting the prompt to "Press any key to boot DVD/CD?"

Where did you get the Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD? Did you burn them yourself?
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18 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

yes i am getting the press any key to boot the cd.

I used the windows 7 cd on plenty of computers, i cannot count how many times. The recovery cd i downloaded about 3 days ago. The recovery cd will take me into the recovery mode.

Im doing the diskpart now, im on diskpart> clean all and its been going since my last postk, which was 20mins ago, waiting on succeeded in cleaning the disk sentence.
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