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Windows 7: Unable to format hdd

27 Nov 2011   #11
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try this:
Open a command prompt.
Elevated Command Prompt

Type in command line
diskpart
list disk
select disk 1 (old HD)
clean

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Create New

Take a look at the tutorials above first.
Try doing from the Windows 7 DVD, but unplug the new HD drive first.

Boot DVD & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you unplug the old HD drive, will Windows boot?


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27 Nov 2011   #12
Pot8ohead

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Try this:
Open a command prompt.
Elevated Command Prompt

Type in command line
diskpart
list disk
select disk 1 (old HD)
clean

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Create New

Take a look at the tutorials above first.
Try doing from the Windows 7 DVD, but unplug the new HD drive first.

Boot DVD & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you unplug the old HD drive, will Windows boot?
I tried unplugging the old hard drive at one point, after the startup repair utility failed to get things up & running after the 3rd time through, but made no progress. I'll give Diskpart/Clean a shot with the new hard drive unplugged (and from the Win7 dvd), but my concern there is the lack of that "System" attribute on the new Windows installation partition.

I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again for all the help.
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27 Nov 2011   #13
Pot8ohead

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, that didn't work. Turns out I was leery for good reason. Once I used the "clean" command on the old drive, I no longer had a bootable hard drive. The startup repair utility still found no errors on the new drive and yet I was still unable to boot from it.

I guess the good news was that I hadn't started reinstalling all of my other programs, so reinstalling Windows wasn't as painful as it could have been...
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27 Nov 2011   #14
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do this with the old HD drive unpluged.

information   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.
startup repair disc-create


1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Unable to format hdd-startup-repair-4.png Unable to format hdd-startup-repair-5.png

2) Restore MBR.

Unable to format hdd-startup-repair-6.png


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28 Nov 2011   #15
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

  1. unplug your old disk, just to be sure
  2. restart to "recovery environment" and enter "command prompt". Did it find any windows installations? If so what driveletter? That driveleter is the driveletter of windows in recovery environment
DIR C: or DIR D: do you see windows folder then that's your windows drive letter in recovery environment. assume it's C

BOOTSECT /NT60 C:
BOOTSECT /NT60 C: /MBR

both commands ended succesfully?
bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd /enum all
do you see something like this? The items marked red I'm interested in

Windows-opstartbeheer
---------------------
id {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale nl-NL
inherit {globalsettings}
default {default}
resumeobject {fa1a7f9d-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
displayorder {default}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 10
Windows-opstartlaadprogramma
----------------------------
id {default}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Home Premium
locale nl-NL
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {fa1a7fa1-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {fa1a7f9d-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
nx OptIn
Windows-opstartlaadprogramma
----------------------------
id {fa1a7fa1-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
device ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\fa1a7fa1-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50
35\Winre.wim,{fa1a7fa2-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Recovery Environment
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice ramdisk=[C:]\Recovery\fa1a7fa1-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50
35\Winre.wim,{fa1a7fa2-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
systemroot \windows
nx OptIn
winpe Yes
Hervatten uit sluimerstand
--------------------------
id {fa1a7f9d-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows Resume Application
locale nl-NL
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice partition=C:
filepath \hiberfil.sys
debugoptionenabled No
Windows-geheugentest
--------------------
id {memdiag}
device partition=C:
path \boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale nl-NL
inherit {globalsettings}
badmemoryaccess Yes
EMS-instellingen
----------------
id {emssettings}
bootems Yes
Debugger-instellingen
---------------------
id {dbgsettings}
debugtype Serial
debugport 1
baudrate 115200
RAM-defecten
------------
id {badmemory}
Globale instellingen
--------------------
id {globalsettings}
inherit {dbgsettings}
{emssettings}
{badmemory}
Instellingen voor opstartlaadprogramma
--------------------------------------
id {bootloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}
{hypervisorsettings}
Hypervisor-instellingen
-------------------
id {hypervisorsettings}
hypervisordebugtype Serial
hypervisordebugport 1
hypervisorbaudrate 115200
Instellingen voor hervattingslaadprogramma
------------------------------------------
id {resumeloadersettings}
inherit {globalsettings}
Apparaatopties
--------------
id {fa1a7fa2-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35}
description Ramdisk Options
ramdisksdidevice partition=C:
ramdisksdipath \Recovery\fa1a7fa1-ab26-11df-bc4f-ce7145d50d35\boot.sdi
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