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Windows 7: No Default Operating System in Startup and Recovery dialog Win 7

30 Dec 2011   #11
Toddwmac

Win 7 64
 
 

Me too!

One question... in looking at the optimize disk tutorial, I was wondering if in my case I can just use the standard Win 7 install GUI or should I do it in Diskpart before I do the install? I don't have a lot of working knowledge on disks so I suspect the default options are better than my best guess.

I have 1 900G onboard drive

My requirements
I don't need to multi-boot
I don't need to conserve storage space
No bit locker

Something like this feels about right

200G System Reserved Partition (not sure why I need it but it seems like I might)
100G Win 7 system partition (as suggested) Where I would install Windows
600G Data partition

Make sense?


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30 Dec 2011   #12
Arc

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200 GB system reserved is not needed at all .... 100 MB is necessary and sufficient for it . Dont need to block so much extra space completely unnecessary .

In the Clean Install Windows 7 , when you are on step 8, click on "new" to make a new partition , give the size 102500 MB , make a partition . Use the rest for another partition.

Now, when you select the 102500 MB partition for windows installation, accept the formatting of the partition, it will automatically split up the space into two... one is 100 MB system reserved (The primary system and active partition, without any drive letter; containing the MBR) and the rest is as C , of 102400 MB=100 GB .

So, if you think, you may drop the SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation step .
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30 Dec 2011   #13
Toddwmac

Win 7 64
 
 

Perfect....thanks!
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30 Dec 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

I just boot the installer, choose Custom install and click Next which will create and format the partition along with harmless 100mb System Reserved partition effortlessly. If you already know you want a second data partition you can use Drive Options to partition accordingly.

Clean All is only necessary to securely overwrite data to make it nearly impossible to recover. There is nothing about Clean All that is beneficial installation-wise that the simple Clean command will not handle, since the issue if there is one is wiping the boot sector which either Clean All or Clean does.
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30 Dec 2011   #15
Toddwmac

Win 7 64
 
 

Thanks for all the help guys... clean Win 7 with updates streaming in as I type.

Today is a much better day....
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01 Jan 2012   #16
Toddwmac

Win 7 64
 
 

Hey guys-
All smooth but strange behavior on some USB attached drives. No files show up when you open the drive but when you do a virus check on the drive, you can see it checking the filles (I can see the file names I expect)

The disk properties show the correct used and free space %s

They were attached to the machine that had the virus so I'm thinking a master record of some kind was changed. Any ideas on how to a) check the disk to be sure there is nothing hiding b)get the files back?

Thanks... and Happy New Year.
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01 Jan 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

Take ownership of the drive: Take Ownership Shortcut

Run a Disk Check on the drive from Win7, or if it doesn't show up in Computer, from free Partition Wizard
which can often see it when Windows cannot. I had an external recently spring to life with an Autostart box during PW File System check.
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02 Jan 2012   #18
Toddwmac

Win 7 64
 
 

Determined that the hidden bit was set and the file owneship data was hijacked. Great opportunity to re-learn about ownership and cascading permissions.
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02 Jan 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

Good work.
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