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Windows 7: Problems dual booting with ubuntu - now Win7 wont start

24 Jan 2012   #11
happygarden

7 home x64
 
 
so near, yet...

so I've tried a few more things. I realise (one of) my bigger mistakes was to resize the ntfs partition from the ubuntu live cd - and it's all getting a bit complicated for my bbc micro brain.

from the WinRE DVD I cannot see a windows installation still. the scan/repair fails each time at the end - saying "system volume is corrupt"

I've tried the bootrec options - and within Diskpart - the disk shows status 'invalid'.

however - when I load back into ubuntu, I see this in gparted, so I see (a glimmer of) hope. Anywhere to go from here?




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24 Jan 2012   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Why are you using the repair commands on the RAM Drive X: & not the OS Drive?

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24 Jan 2012   #13
happygarden

7 home x64
 
 
CMD: Using Repair Tools

I can't switch to the c: - windows cannot see it... (but ubuntu can).
I've started copying data off - but I'm loathe to rebuild it...

any one else?
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24 Jan 2012   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Why did you just ignore the steps I took the time to type out for you, which have worked for thousands of others here?
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24 Jan 2012   #15
happygarden

7 home x64
 
 

Gregrocker, thanks for your kind words. I did try all your suggestions, but this issue is looking more complicated than it seems.

Make sure the Windows 7 partition or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) are marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)
- doesn't work, can't switch to the c:\

Then boot into
System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.
- ran it 4 times - still fails on the chkdsk part


The reason it's best to use automated Startup Repair is because there are other tests and fixes it may also need to run, like System Restore or SFC.

If there is suspicion of infection it's best to first run
Malwarebytes in Safe Mode or boot into Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.

In the case of Linux Dual Boot GRUB is itself an infection which can render Windows 7 irreparable.

- I'm thinking yes, that's the case.
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24 Jan 2012   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Then use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to mark Active the Win7 partition or it's 100mb System Reserved partition, click OK.

Next click on Disk # to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, Apply. This may preclude the need to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Other steps to know you've tried everything: Windows 7 fails to boot
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24 Jan 2012   #17
happygarden

7 home x64
 
 
dynamic disk...

partition wizard (home) doesn't support dynamic disks.

I wasn't aware I could have a dynamic disk on a laptop (or what the benefits of why you'd do it).

any ideas how I can fix the mbr on a dynamic disk setup?


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24 Jan 2012   #18
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You must have ignored a warning when you tried to add a new partition that it would convert the HD to Dynamic - which is meant for spanning partitions on multiple HD's.

To avoid destructive conversion you'll need to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 which still features the Dynamic<>Basic conversion in the free edition: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live

Click on Disk to highlight it then from Disk tab "Convert to Basic HD." Once you apply the step and confirm it's converted, work through the other steps given.
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26 Jan 2012   #19
happygarden

7 home x64
 
 

gregrocker, that version of partitionwizard did the trick. many thanks to you, and everyone else for your advice. best wishes, m
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26 Jan 2012   #20
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Glad to help.
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