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Windows 7: How would I dual-boot in this scenario?

17 Dec 2012   #41
gregrocker

 

My apologies. I should have not advised you further on Macrium while Wolfgang is present since he's the expert on it. I'll leave you in his most capable hands.

If this doesn't work out I will gladly connect via TeamViewer in Win7 and loan you my Acronis True Image with Universal Restore to image XP over to A while adjusting it to new hardware, then add it with EasyBCD. In the past I've been able to do all of this with just one reboot to a Dual Boot menu.


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17 Dec 2012   #42
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can restore to any partition empty or full. It will just overwrite what's in it. The part about overwriting the system partition is a very strange though. You did not even image the system partition judging by your Macrium picture. -- Or did you?

a) Did you try the drag method ??
b) I am still waiting for a picture of your Disk Management
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18 Dec 2012   #43
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

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You did not even image the system partition judging by your Macrium picture. -- Or did you?
Imaged the whole old drive.

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b) I am still waiting for a picture of your Disk Management
That would be in Post #31, but it is the least of our worries.

I tried the drag method. I knew of it, but had not went through with it before because I could only get one of the two drive partitions on the image into the destination box with it.

This time, I tried it with just one - the main one. I went into WindowsPE and reimaged that one part. I made sure to deselect the default option that would copy over the image MBR. Macrium did NOT give me any notification about overwriting anything this time.

Following this, I now try to boot Windows 7 (note that I hadn't yet deleted the XP entry from EasyBCD, so I was going from the bootloader)

Code:
0xc000000e

Boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible
This is being posted from another device. What can you tell me about the situation? I have an Ubuntu Live CD around...
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18 Dec 2012   #44
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The easiest to get out of this would be to set the partition into which you just imaged as active partition (do that with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard - if you need more info, post back). Then run Starup/Repair 3 times Startup Repair
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18 Dec 2012   #45
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

Well, my only other machine is running Ubuntu. I could try to have Partition Wizard up on Wine there, if you'd like me to do something in particular with it.

Meanwhile, using the Ubuntu Live CD I saw that it wouldn't boot to more than a Linux info screen, and afterwards a black screen with a movable cursor. I left the machine running, and will check to see whether that has changed once I get home.

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The easiest to get out of this would be to set the partition into which you just imaged as active partition
Assuming I can reach that point on my machine - will it work without the MBR having been copied over?
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18 Dec 2012   #46
gregrocker

 

This likely happened because you ignored the three times I reminded you that you must remove the Active flag from XP before imaging it over. So it is trying to start XP and cannot because it doesn't have it's MBR or needs SATA drivers which were to be provided from Paragon Virtualization app from Win7.

You will need to start Win7 which should have remained bootable had XP not been copied with Active flag: Mark Win7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

Then install EasyBCD to add XP to a Dual Boot menu, see if it will start. EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required)

If not install Paragon app to insert SATA driver during P2P Adjust operation on the XP partition. Paragon Virtualization Manager (formerly Paragon Adaptive Restore)
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18 Dec 2012   #47
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

I thought you were referring to the A:\ ("XP") partition, which was never "active". Sorry. Another misunderstanding bites me, then.

Alright, either a System Repair disc or a Partition Wizard disc. I'll wait for whs on that one.

The System Repair disc, though, would be difficult to do without ready access to another Windows 7 machine.
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18 Dec 2012   #48
gregrocker

 

I cannot fathom doing operations this complex without having even a WIn7 DVD or Repair CD standing by. How did you think you were going to do Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times? I'm sorry it wasn't mentioned earlier.

Download and burn to DVD the latest official installer for your licensed version from Step 5 in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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18 Dec 2012   #49
desertoth

Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit
 
 

I got home and the afflicted machine, on the Live CD, displayed just a black screen. I tried booting again with the Live CD, and this time got as far as the Ubuntu loading screen before everything bugged out, after which the monitor went all black with the lower half covered in flickering bars of blue and green - this went on for a minute before settling into another black screen.

I burned a Minitool Recovery disk and tried to boot with it and Partition Manager.

First, I set the System partition to Active - I encountered the same "inaccessible device" error.
Then, I set the OS partition (a.k.a. C:\) to Active - I encountered the same "Inaccessible device" error.

So that hasn't worked.

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I cannot fathom doing operations this complex without having even a Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD standing by.
Deep and abiding faith? :P

I will try to put together a Windows 7 disc using the links you just posted. However, the Windows 7 USB-DVD download tool with which the guides create the disc does not start with Wine. Is there another way to create the disc, assuming the ISO is fine? Can I just burn it to a DVD normally?
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18 Dec 2012   #50
gregrocker

 

I don't know what you can do with a Linux disk and where you got the idea it has any role here at all except to rescue files.

To burn the actual disk you need to repair Win7, use an image burner like ImgBurn or write to flash stick using Universal USB Installer which is Linux-based with Win7 in dropdown menu.
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