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Windows 7: GUID Partition Table & MBR Mistake

28 Jan 2014   #21
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
........ but wonder why the drive needed initialization if you had not wiped it. .....
Exactly. In fact my previous post had this:

1. Why did you remove the HDD from your system and installed an SSD? Was there any problem with the HDD? If there was what was it?

2. Who removed the HDD, installed the SSD and installed the OS? Did you do it yourself or was it done by someone else?

3. If it was some one else, is there a possibility that he could have wiped the HDD clean?


Before posting I cut out 2 and 3 thinking we will cross the river when we come to it.

When using Bootice, the OP can quickly scroll through various sectors ( I do it with the mouse wheel) and check whether there is any data present at all or everything reads 00 which would mean the disk has been wiped out.

I basically had this doubt but did not want to rush.


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28 Jan 2014   #22
Koda239

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Attached is the drive while plugged into my desktop machine internally. When you mentioned you wanted a picture of the BIOS BOOT menu, which computer? The laptop, or the desktop it is currently plugged in to?

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1. Why did you remove the HDD from your system and installed an SSD? Was there any problem with the HDD? If there was what was it?
No problem. Just wanted a larger drive. HDD was 640GB, SSHD is 1TB.


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2. Who removed the HDD, installed the SSD and installed the OS? Did you do it yourself or was it done by someone else?
I did all the work myself. I have installed Windows 7 on this machine several times. Previous times didn't warrant a back up of files, this time, I thought I'd snag my files off the drive after I did the install, which is where we ran into this problem.


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3. If it was some one else, is there a possibility that he could have wiped the HDD clean?
Due to the answer above, this is N/A. I did the move myself, and I am SURE I didn't format/wipe the old drive.


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28 Jan 2014   #23
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Koda239 View Post
Attached is the drive while plugged into my desktop machine internally. When you mentioned you wanted a picture of the BIOS BOOT menu, which computer? The laptop, or the desktop it is currently plugged in to?
The machine you are having the problem with.
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29 Jan 2014   #24
gregrocker

 

It says clearly in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image to maximize the Disk Mgmt windows and then spread the column headers so we can see all columns, yet the important size columns are left out so we can't see how much space it claims D is using.

What we can see is that it is labeled RAW which essentially means ruined.

Did you run Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help?
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29 Jan 2014   #25
Koda239

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Attached are 4 images as requested.

There is an image of the BIOS Boot Menu of the affected machine, There are two images of the Partition Wizard, there is also a new image of the Disk Management screen too. Sorry about the size issue before. What else can I do to help you gentlemen?


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29 Jan 2014   #26
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I believe Greg wanted a snap of the boot tab from BIOS, maybe snaps of sub-menus open as well.

GUID Partition Table & MBR Mistake-image.jpg


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29 Jan 2014   #27
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. There are a total of 36 partitions of all colours shown by Partition Wizard indicating the HDD has been subjected to a lot of partitioning efforts in the past. It is one too many. That makes it pretty difficult for an outsider.

a) NTFS system 1X1.46GB; (b) NTFS untitled 1X488.28GB; (c) NTFS Sierra 1X 106.42GB; ( d ) NTFS Boot 24X3.01MB; (e) FAT16 Anaconda 6X36.14MB; (f) FAT32 untitled 1X76.32 MB (g) Ext2 2X243MB

Now what constitutes the last boot state of the HDD? As per OP he had a dual boot Windows Enterprise and Windows 8.1. OP may please confirm.

My guess is (a) (b) (c) which totals to 596.16GB. Yep, its only a guess, I am not certain. (read I don't want to take the blame or name )

OP may perhaps be able to tell what partitions and what size he had in the last boot state.

Before attempting to select and rewrite the partition table - of course after exploring the files in the selected partitions in Partition Wizard, I would again call upon Bootice, and check what it shows as the partition table. If it can throw some more light well and good. If it doesn't we are none the worse.

I shall wait for what greg says or for that matter anyone interested to plunge in here.
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29 Jan 2014   #28
Koda239

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I believe Greg wanted a snap of the boot tab from BIOS, maybe snaps of sub-menus open as well.
Attached.

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Now what constitutes the last boot state of the HDD? As per OP he had a dual boot Windows Enterprise and Windows 8.1. OP may please confirm.
That is correct.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
OP may perhaps be able to tell what partitions and what size he had in the last boot state.
I have attached an additional photo highlighting my Windows 7 partition with all my data on it. I explored it and confirmed that is the partition with my system files, music, videos, pictures, etc.

The partition a few below that titled "SIERRA" would be the Windows 8.1 Partition. Also confirmed. There is one at the very top titled "System", I don't quite know what it is, but that completes the rest of the drive as shown in the third attachment.


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29 Jan 2014   #29
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Just dipping my toes in, not taking the plunge.

I have not been following this thread closely and have not reead al the posts since I first visited. So this post is for notation only.

1.5 GB seems large for your system part, I can't see how much is used.
A "normal" system part is 100-200 MB, and on 30% is used on my system.

That's all, I'm back to watching.

jumanji is very good at this - but there's a lot of partition history on the drive.

In the end Koda, it will be your decison to commit the change. Take the time to be as certain as possible.
It sounds as though you're doing due diligence (you saw the files on the part and confirmed it)
Good luck getting the drive back.

Bill
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29 Jan 2014   #30
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I think you are good to go for a go ahead to write the partition table.

Anyway wait for a nod from greg.

(While I think we are coming to a near close in this thread, I would still be curious to know what Bootice shows before rewriting the partition table and after. Wouldn't matter if you cannot or still not prepared to do it.)
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