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Windows 7: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

19 Aug 2014   #360
ICIT2LOL

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

No mate I meant I am a little OCD (paranoid) with doing things in overkill whatever it is - and I can afford it


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19 Aug 2014   #361
gregrocker

 

I keep one baseline image after install when it is all set up and running best. This can be used in place of reinstall though one must still have regular. file backup.

The tutorial has a method for backing up User files in real time to the Cloud where you can also access them on internet a even synch them simultaneously to other devices.
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19 Aug 2014   #362
ICIT2LOL

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I keep one baseline image after install when it is all set up and running best. This can be used in place of reinstall though one must still have regular. file backup.

The tutorial has a method for backing up User files in real time to the Cloud where you can also access them on internet a even synch them simultaneously to other devices.
Yep Greg that is what I do plus the registry and my weekly images to save added data
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08 Sep 2014   #363
mfield

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Hi guys. I wanted to do a clean reinstall of Windows 7 on my Asus 1225B as it was running very slow. The only partition I deleted on Disk 0 was the primary one (C: ) as I wanted to keep the restore partition just in case and there was a few files on the (D: ) partition that I wanted to keep and move across once the install was complete.

The problem is that I cannot access the partitions after I did the clean install. They are listed in Disk Management. Is there any way to get access to them?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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08 Sep 2014   #364
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screen shot of what you do see in Windows Disk Management.

Do these partitions have drive letters in WDM?

They do not show at all in Windows Explorer?
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08 Sep 2014   #365
mfield

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Post a screen shot of what you do see in Windows Disk Management.

Do these partitions have drive letters in WDM?

They do not show at all in Windows Explorer?
Many thanks for the speedy reply

All the partitions are listed under (C: ) and they don't show at all in Explorer.

Another thing I didn't do was install Windows with a UEFI - would this make a difference?


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08 Sep 2014   #366
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I might be on the wrong track here but some PC's use unique MBR ??? and if that is corrupted/lost/deleted then the recovery partition becomes unusable. This happens on Dell's when using Acronis. Acronis rewrites the MBR and recovery options are permanently lost. So if you have deleted your C drive or altered it then that could be one possible reason.
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08 Sep 2014   #367
gregrocker

 

The partitions don't have drive letters, which is why Ignatz asked you if they do.

Assign drive letters to make them appear in Explorer: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

It's doubtful Recovery will run and you would have gotten a cleaner install if you deleted all partitions to create and format new. However you can add Recovery to a Dual Boot to force it to run in the future using this method to Boot Recovery Partition using EasyBCD. But since its an inferior install I would instead eventually delete the Recovery partition and reclaim its space into whichever partition needs the space, if necessary using the Partition Wizard Extend function which lets you do this even if the partitions aren't adjacent: How to extend partition easily with partition magic ? Partition Wizard video help.

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08 Sep 2014   #368
ICIT2LOL

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

Am with Greg on this one mfield in fact I would go even further and do a wipe and format with Partition Wizard but you are going to have to have access to another machine to do that, either by inserting the drive into it or using a USB to SATA adaptor.
To do the wipe which takes about the same length of time as a clean all in diskpart see my pic. The format you can do afterwards.
Then at least you start with a "new" drive.


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08 Sep 2014   #369
gregrocker

 

Unless wiping the disk with Diskpart Clean command is indicated by interfering boot or other code, then merely deleting partitions during the booted install is sufficient.
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