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Windows 7: windows 7 cannot boot - cannot run chkdsk or diskpart

04 Jul 2012   #61
djjjuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

no, i only have this USB stick. do you think i should just give up and reinstall windows?
the product key sticker on the bottom of the laptop has worn off ... so i cannot see they key to do a reinstall with


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04 Jul 2012   #62
djjjuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

im not that bothered about keeping the files - obviously if i can fix this and keep them its better but if not i wont cry about it. i just dont know what to do about the product key if i do a new install.
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04 Jul 2012   #63
Kaktussoft

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  1. buy/borrow a large external usb stick
  2. shrink so make unallocated space on external disk
  3. copy two 2 partitions to external disk using partition wizard
  4. attach external disk to working win7 and test if partitions and files are visible
  5. wipe the internal not working disk and copy the partitions back using partition wizard
  6. don't backup the OTHER partition, so you and up with 2 partitions.
  7. Make both partitions type PRIMARY
  8. Make 199MB partition active
Now perform startup repair with only internal disk attached. Do you understand?
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04 Jul 2012   #64
djjjuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
  1. buy/borrow a large external usb stick
  2. shrink so make unallocated space on external disk
  3. copy two 2 partitions to external disk using partition wizard
  4. attach external disk to working win7 and test if partitions and files are visible
  5. wipe the internal not working disk and copy the partitions back using partition wizard
  6. don't backup the OTHER partition, so you and up with 2 partitions.
  7. Make both partitions type PRIMARY
  8. Make 199MB partition active
Now perform startup repair with only internal disk attached. Do you understand?
i have an external drive. is there any way i can copy or save the current product key from somewhere off those partitions?
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04 Jul 2012   #65
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djjjuk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
  1. buy/borrow a large external usb stick
  2. shrink so make unallocated space on external disk
  3. copy two 2 partitions to external disk using partition wizard
  4. attach external disk to working win7 and test if partitions and files are visible
  5. wipe the internal not working disk and copy the partitions back using partition wizard
  6. don't backup the OTHER partition, so you and up with 2 partitions.
  7. Make both partitions type PRIMARY
  8. Make 199MB partition active
Now perform startup repair with only internal disk attached. Do you understand?
i have an external drive. is there any way i can copy or save the current product key from somewhere off those partitions?
You can if it was bootable...)-;
Try the trick I told you
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04 Jul 2012   #66
djjjuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djjjuk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
  1. buy/borrow a large external usb stick
  2. shrink so make unallocated space on external disk
  3. copy two 2 partitions to external disk using partition wizard
  4. attach external disk to working win7 and test if partitions and files are visible
  5. wipe the internal not working disk and copy the partitions back using partition wizard
  6. don't backup the OTHER partition, so you and up with 2 partitions.
  7. Make both partitions type PRIMARY
  8. Make 199MB partition active
Now perform startup repair with only internal disk attached. Do you understand?
i have an external drive. is there any way i can copy or save the current product key from somewhere off those partitions?
You can if it was bootable...)-;
Try the trick I told you
the external drive is a USB one. i dont have that with me now, that is at home. is there anything else i can try before doing this then a reinstall later?
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04 Jul 2012   #67
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Or in Partition wizard:
-delete the OTHER partition. It's useless now anyways
-Move 199MB partition to start of disk
-move C partition to left as much as possible so it is starting at the end of 199MB partition
-they are still primary? 199MB partition is still active?
-rebuild the MBR Rebuild MBR with partition magic MiniTool Partition Wizard.
-now apply everything

diskpart gives no strange results now?
"startup repair" please
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05 Jul 2012   #68
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Or in Partition wizard:
-delete the OTHER partition. It's useless now anyways
-Move 199MB partition to start of disk
-move C partition to left as much as possible so it is starting at the end of 199MB partition
-they are still primary? 199MB partition is still active?
-rebuild the MBR Rebuild MBR with partition magic MiniTool Partition Wizard.
-now apply everything

diskpart gives no strange results now?
"startup repair" please
Please do that. After doing the partition wizard part:

diskpart
sel dis 0
list par
sel par 1
det par
sel par 2
det par
list vol
exit

what are the types of the partitions? Now you have volumes?
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05 Jul 2012   #69
djjjuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

thanks for all the help. i decided that having spent more than enough time (4 days) trying to fix this, and nothing working to just wipe the lot and start again. now i just have to try and get HP to give me the product key that has worn off the sticker.

thanks again.
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05 Jul 2012   #70
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

already wiped it? If not try what I told you. It takes 5 minutes to try!!
Otherwise you're right. No solution anymore.
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