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Windows 7: Laptop won't start up after deleting Ubuntu partition

10 Jan 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Laptop won't start up after deleting Ubuntu partition

So I was running Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my laptop on a 64 gb SSD and I decided that I no longer wanted to have Ubuntu taking up valuable space. I look around and it seemed like all I had to do was delete the partition that Ubuntu was taking up, which was close to 20GB. I did that, then I tried to combine the main partition and the previously ubuntu partition but it was separate volumes so I had no luck. I shut it down and when I tried to restart it, the screen is black with one line which reads, "grub recovery>" So again I've looked around but haven't found anything reliable to do. I thought this would be a good place to look. Any suggestions?


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10 Jan 2012   #2
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Boot into System Recovery Options

open a Command line to mark Windows 7 or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts on it own and holds the System Active flags.

Then post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings and we'll help you recover the HD space into Windows 7: Screen Shots
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10 Jan 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

okay I'll try that. Reporting back in 10mins.
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10 Jan 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

okay well it seems like I'm going to need a windows 7 disk to do this b/c I don't think I can get into the advanced boot menu through normal means. tutorial says tap f8 until it comes up, but it didn't. So i'll probably find a disc today or tomorrow and see what I can do with that
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10 Jan 2012   #5
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Always make a System Repair Disc before doing risky partitioning operations.
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10 Jan 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Okay well I made a system repair disk using windows 7 on my other hard drive and went to work(does it matter that it might be a different version of windows 7?). I did everything those guides showed, except when I try to do a startup repair it says there is no problem. Nevertheless, I did the "repairs" with a restart in between each of them and it still didn't work. This is what it says when I try to start up:

error:unknown filesystem
grub rescue>

At that point it allows me to enter commands. Any ideas?
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10 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

I did the same thing you did. This got me going>

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Forget about the grub rescue. Reboot if you get there again.
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10 Jan 2012   #8

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

+1 Hipster Doofus. GRUB is hogging the boot. The MBR has to be rebuilt using BOOTSEC.
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10 Jan 2012   #9
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All boot repair commands are automated in Windows 7 Startup Repair. It only needs the Windows 7 or it's boot partition marked Active to point it where to write the boot files..

If Windows 7 will not repair then you'll need to wipe GRUB off the HD as it corrupts Windows 7 beyond repair.
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10 Jan 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks greg and hipster for your help. I managed to fix it using hipsters link. Now, I have another problem. The space that was used up by ubuntu is still unavailable for me to use. I know that I can create another "drive" with it, but I'd rather incorporate the space into the one I'm currently using. Any suggestions?

edit: I'll just create a new topic for this, thanks guys

edit2:link to new thread
http://www.sevenforums.com/software/...ml#post1739322


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