Quote: Originally Posted by jaronimo
i did a lot of research on this but have not found a solution to my problem so i hope you can help me out.
recently i had to assemble a new pc because my notebook died on me.
i put a new hdd and my notebook hdd into this system and installed Windows 7 on the new hdd.
but when booting i was always prompted to choose between the freshly installed Windows 7 and the Windows 7 on my notebook hdd partition. which was kinda annoying because the notebook Windows 7 partition did not work on my pc anyway. so i decided to format the notebook Windows 7 partition, which windows did not allow. so i felt smart, booted up linux from dvd and formatted the drive in linux.
i expected my pc to simply boot the Windows 7 installation that i installed for this pc but instead now he does not boot anything. i tried system repair with the Windows 7 dvd but he does not even find my Windows 7 partition. i'm kinda at a loss here. how can i make my pc boot my Windows 7 partition again?
i really really dont want to install the whole system again.
this sounds like your boot manager was on your primary drive presumably C: ?
and you have wiped that with the format, the fact that repair install cannot find the second partition presumably D: ? might be because the partition needs to be set as primary and active ?
In your situation I would download and burn a Partition Wizard bootable CD
(free for home users) then boot to that cd allow files to load, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Windows 7 partition>Modify>Convert to Primary, then rightclick Windows 7>Modify>Set to Active, OK and apply ............
reeboot into your windows 7 DVD and using the repair install restore the boot manager to boot to your now active partition , you may have to run the windows 7 repair at least 3 times for it work ?
you should now be able to boot into your windows 7 install ?
If this works I suggest you then boot back into the Partition Wizard bootable CD and move your partition around or possibly shift your active partition to use all your drive space ?
let us know how it goes