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Windows 7: WIN7 won't boot. What should I do before trying a clean install?

11 Jun 2012   #11
Arc

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Forget the previous post. This is a situation not generally seen.

You mark E as active and then run startup repair, ans see what happens.


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11 Jun 2012   #12
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

presumably after the 3rd startup repair I reboot as normal and see what happens?
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11 Jun 2012   #13
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Oh OK.

Do I have to do anything to the first partition I marked as active?
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11 Jun 2012   #14
Arc

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Whenever you are marking another one as active, that previous one automatically will be unmarked. There can be only one active partition in a HDD.
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11 Jun 2012   #15
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
Disk 0 online 74GB
Disk 1 online 1397GB

Select Disk 0
List partition
Partition 1 primary 100MB 1024KB
Partition 2 primary 74GB 101MB

Select disk 1
List partition
Partition 1 Primary 500GB 1024KB
partition 2 Primary 500GB 500GB
Partition 3 primary 397GB 1000GB
How do I know which of the three partitions on the 2nd disk is the E: drive?
Do I just assume the first one?
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11 Jun 2012   #16
Arc

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Is it is listed as C, D, E, F, and G , strange, but disk 1 partition 1 should be the E .

Did you have dual boot setup anytime ?
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11 Jun 2012   #17
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Is it is listed as C, D, E, F, and G , strange, but disk 1 partition 1 should be the E .

Did you have dual boot setup anytime ?
No - this has only ever been a single boot WIN7 PC.
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11 Jun 2012   #18
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

When I had removed disk 1 and was just using Disk 0 it reported that Win7 was on the 76GB D: drive.

I have put disk 1 back in and marked partition 1 as active and run the startup repair three times now with a reboot after the first two.

Each time it says that it is looking at the Win7 on the 76GB partition (E
and each time it says that "Startup Repair could not detect a problem."

So then I rebooted from the disk and BSOD Process 1 initialization failed.
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11 Jun 2012   #19
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
When I had removed disk 1 and was just using Disk 0 it reported that Win7 was on the 76GB D: drive.
That should be the right situation. But the drive letters are all messed up there . Assuming it, I posted this one WIN7 won't boot. What should I do before trying a clean install? , but later confused seeing your response

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
I have put disk 1 back in and marked partition 1 as active and run the startup repair three times now with a reboot after the first two.

Each time it says that it is looking at the Win7 on the 76GB partition (E
and each time it says that "Startup Repair could not detect a problem."

So then I rebooted from the disk and BSOD Process 1 initialization failed.
As the situation is, my previous assumption was right, as I think. You mark the 100 mb partion of disk 0 active again, and try startup repair. it should work now.
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11 Jun 2012   #20
ibex

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
When I had removed disk 1 and was just using Disk 0 it reported that Win7 was on the 76GB D: drive.
That should be the right situation. But the drive letters are all messed up there . Assuming it, I posted this one WIN7 won't boot. What should I do before trying a clean install? , but later confused seeing your response

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibex View Post
I have put disk 1 back in and marked partition 1 as active and run the startup repair three times now with a reboot after the first two.

Each time it says that it is looking at the Win7 on the 76GB partition (E
and each time it says that "Startup Repair could not detect a problem."

So then I rebooted from the disk and BSOD Process 1 initialization failed.
As the situation is, my previous assumption was right, as I think. You mark the 100 mb partion of disk 0 active again, and try startup repair. it should work now.
To check the disk layout I went to the custom install options because this lays out all the partitions.
size free
Disk 0 Part 1 100.0 MB 70.0 MB System
Disk 0 Part 2 74.4 GB 5.5 GB Primary

Disk 1 Partition1: UserData 500.0 GB 466.0 GB System
Disk 1 Partition2: ProgFiles 500.0 GB 409.8 GB Primary
Disk 1 Partition3: Backup 397.3 GB 21.1 GB Primary

There are now 2 System partitions. I presume I need to change that?

and when I do a Dir of each drive I have found that
C: nothing found and no size info
D: 500GB free
E: 5GB free
F: 440GB free
G: 22GB free

So E: = Disk 0 part 2
D: = Disk 1 part 1
F: = Disk 1 part 2
G: = Disk 1 part 3

Early start at work tomorrow so I'm off for a while now.
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