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Windows 7: Bootmgr is missing - is hard drive toast?

16 Oct 2015   #1
Paulgo253

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Bootmgr is missing - is hard drive toast?

Got the message 'Bootmgr is missing' this morning. Been looking at potential solutions rfom the gurus on the forum, but neither the bios nor the recovery disc seems to be able to recongise the existance of the C: drive - as such I can't use any of the options that I've read on here in the tutorials.

Initially the drive did show up in the usual sata bios checks - but now nothing. It like ti's unplugged! tried swapping sata and power cables to no avail. Even the dos prompt can't find c:

Is there something else I can try or is my drive toast?

thanks

Paul


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16 Oct 2015   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

It doesn't sound good if bios is not recognising your HDD. Try a bootable hard drive diagnostic program to see if it can scan for the drive or try plugging in another drive to see if it is recognised
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16 Oct 2015   #3
Paulgo253

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks - I plugged the hard drive into my media pc to see if it would recognise it as a slave - it didn't. My main concern is the loss of data on the drive.
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16 Oct 2015   #4
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

If the drive is toast then your only option would be professional data recovery which could be costly depending upon size of drive/amount of data stored
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18 Oct 2015   #5
Paulgo253

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Its a 1gb drive - I've not had this problem before - any tips on what to look for going down the data recoveryy path?

thanks Paul
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18 Oct 2015   #6
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 
tutorial

try this tutorial
Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Roy
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18 Oct 2015   #7
Paulgo253

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Roy - I tried that guide initially, but my C; drive is not showing up at all - even the DOS can't find it, so it must be something internal in the drive unless theres another tool that might be able to see the hard drive where this has failed?
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18 Oct 2015   #8
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I have never used a recovery service so not sure how much/what to recommend will if I can find any other UK members that know more
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19 Oct 2015   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Just my two cents worth mate try this - there is a Linux Mint MATE version but I have always used this method I worked out for myself a long time ago

BOOTABLE UBUNTU

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when themachine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL >select TRY not INSTALL

When it is finished - it takes very little time youwill get a screen like in the pic .

Open the drive you want > User and dig downuntil you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste thematerial you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.

I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tonsof data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drivesthat you cannot get data from using Windows.


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20 Oct 2015   #10
Paulgo253

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hi - thanks so much for the Ubuntu guide. I downloaded the disc from the Ubuntu Desktop option - but when I run it I get a message saying initramfs is 'unable to find a medium containing a live file system'. Have I downloaded the wrong disc or is something else up?

thanks

Paul
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