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Windows 7: Fairly advanced problem, need some help

28 Apr 2010   #1
jackshiels

Windows 7
 
 
Fairly advanced problem, need some help

Okey dokey,

first of all I'm new here, so hi there all.

Second of all, I have a fairly perplexing problem and was wondering if any of you guys know how to fix it.

Basically, I installed Windows 7 via Apple's Boot Camp facilitator on my Macbook while allocating 20GB's of space to the partition. It worked good enough, so I was pleased with it.

Recently, however, I decided to increase the partition size. Using a tool called Winclone which creates an image backup of the partition, I copied then erased and repartitioned the HD. Unfortunately WinClone has a bug where I am unable to restore the image. Now I'm left with the entire file system and contents of the original W7 setup on a disk image file without a proper way of restoring it.

I tried copying the contents of the disk image over to the new partition, but I get an error when I try to boot from it, saying I should insert a boot disk and then press any key. I reckon this has something to do with the boot manager being incorrectly calibrated, right? I would really appreciate some help with this. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem without having to reinstall Windows 7??? (I don't have access to the disc right now)

Thanks in advance,

Jack


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28 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Try booting up your WIndows 7 install disc, and press SHift+F10 when you get to the language screen to pull up a command prompt. Then enter the following:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

You may also try a startup repair, either before or after the above commands.
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28 Apr 2010   #3
jackshiels

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the prompt response!

Unfortunately I don't have my disc right now (and wont for a couple of months as I am away from the home base). I was wondering if there was a way to fix this via the system files? If I'm thinking straight W XP had the boot.ini file that would probably fix this.

Thanks!
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28 Apr 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You can create a repair disc instead.

System Repair Disc - Create

You may need to download the ISOs, as mentioned at the bottom, if you can't get to another 7 machine.
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28 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe you can fix the MBR with EasyBCD
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28 Apr 2010   #6
jackshiels

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I think I'll try to get a repair disc working. In the meantime, if anyone can give anything more on the subject, it would help a lot. Do you guys really think it has to do with what I suspect it to (the bootloader)?
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28 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An alternative may be to reinstall Win7 as you have originally done and then just copy your own files from the winclone image (if that image can at least be mounted).
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29 Apr 2010   #8
jackshiels

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, it can be mounted. I have copied over the files from the image and am going to burn a repair disk. That fixes the bcd right?

Thanks for all the help.
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29 Apr 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

To fix the BCD, either run a startup repair, or run bootrec /rebuildbcd.
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