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Windows 7: Tried to delete a system reserved partition, now windows7won't install

05 Feb 2014   #1
g0aky

64bit Windows 7
 
 
Tried to delete a system reserved partition, now windows7won't install

Hi everyone.

Today I received my new samsung SSD and a WD 1TB harddrive which I bought because my old hdd was failing. I installed windows with my dvd which went fine. I installed it on the SSD, obviously. In Windows I couldn't see the WD hdd in My Computer so I formatted it in disk managment as one usually has to do when getting a new hdd. Somehow I accidentally hit a button which created a 100MB system reserved partition from the WD hdd. I couldn't remove it so I followed a guide to do so. It involved booting from my windows dvd, entering command prompt and entering this into cmd:

Diskpart
list disk
select disk x

list partition
select partition
delete partition override

select partition x
active


this was the guide:
TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base


After this I tried to boot and it gave me the "bootmgr is missing" even though I did not touch the SSD in cmd (as far as i know). To be honest I have no idea what I did in cmd. It was stupid of me to try this. Anyway I figured I would just boot from the windows dvd and format the SSD and reinstall windows. My current problem is now I cannot seem to install Windows. It starts out fine, but when it restarts the first time to continue the install like a windows installation always does, it never gets any further. It reboots and all I get is a black screen when it should continue.


What the hell do I do? Any help is appreciated. feel free to ask if you need more info.


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05 Feb 2014   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE (your new samsung SSD)
Partition - Mark as Active
Than
Physically disconnect the HDD. (your WD 1TB harddrive)
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.
than
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the other HDD, as Disk1. (your WD 1TB harddrive)
than
Mark the HDD INACTIVE (your WD 1TB harddrive)
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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05 Feb 2014   #3
g0aky

64bit Windows 7
 
 

You understood that I currently do not have Windows 7 installed, right? Does this not mean that startup repair cannot help? When I try start up repair like you told me it just tells me that it cannot repair this computer automatically. Again there is no OS since I formatted. Should I start the windows installation and when it black screens should I reboot and do start up repair? or on a clean disk? Sorry I am really confused about this.
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05 Feb 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Unplug the hard drive ( if still attached ) try the install again on the ssd, delete all the partitions then install.
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05 Feb 2014   #5
g0aky

64bit Windows 7
 
 

Never mind, it works! Thank you so much theog! Apparently the startup repair told me that it could not fix it, yet it did. Again thanks so much for the help, this was driving me crazy. Much appreciated!
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05 Feb 2014   #6
gregrocker

 

That's why it says you need to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

You said you had Win7 on the SSD, so where did you think it went?

Be sure HD doesn't somehow get set to boot first in BIOS setup causing WIn7 to appear not to boot, then in Disk Mgmt delete all of its partitions and repartition as you wish. You may need to run Diskpart Clean Command if boot partition or code somehow got on it.

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image with all drives connected. so we can look it over to make sure its correct now, and there are no other potential problems.
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05 Feb 2014   #7
g0aky

64bit Windows 7
 
 

Hi again. The problem apparently has not been completely fixed. I managed to install windows on the SSD and boot from it. I replaced my dvd drive as it had caused some of the issues I was having I think. Anyway, I can now boot from the SSD, but if my WD harddrive is connected it will not boot. It will hang on "Starting Windows". Whenever I try to boot with the WD connected, it always pops up with the option to repair, but when I try to it tells me that there was an i/o error that could be caused by several things like faulty hdd etc. I do not believe the hdd to be bad though, i think i messed everything up by trying to fix my inital partition problem in cmd.

@greg Sorry i do not believe i can access disk management with the wd hdd since it wont boot with it now

any further ideas?

EDIT: Another thing: It will not boot successfully everytime, even when only the SSD is connected. It hangs on the same spot at "Starting Windows". Maybe like 30% of the time when it's only the ssd.
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05 Feb 2014   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If the ssd is booting fine, then, plug in the power to the hdd after you`ve booted into the ssd, then format the hdd, if that`s what you want to do with it.
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05 Feb 2014   #9
g0aky

64bit Windows 7
 
 

Well there is nothing on the WD HDD anyway. I have formatted it countless times via the windows dvd but it never helped. I don't see how that would help, but please correct me if im wrong, as i am a complete newbie. anyway is it safe to plug the sata cables into the hdd when the power is on?

thanks for the quick reply
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05 Feb 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Of course it is, I wouldn`t be telling you if it wasn`t.
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