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Windows 7: Simplest way to restore Windows 7 MBR?

24 May 2009   #21
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
As long as this "recovered" HDD is the only HDD in my computer ... I'm locked up.
It won't boot from the Acronis Boot CD .. or .. the W7 install DVD ???
My HP boot manager won't work ... and I can't even get to the bios Setup ??

If the commercials weren't so long on this Sit Com ...
I might have been able to remember how I got past this problem the last time.
L8r

Correction .. As long as the Recovered HDD is anywhere in my system .. I'm locked up
How about 'restart' from a W7 Recovery CD?

No, come to think of it, that didn't work for me.. tough! Besides my old faithful Grub Boot floppy I did manage to Boot using Paragon's Recovery CD.. probably available on a trial.

The menu has a line 'Hard disk 0 MBR' "Press enter to boot from your hard disk" that worked!


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24 May 2009   #22
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

NOPE .. nothing works as long as this HDD is anywhere in my computer ..
I have it installed as a USB device right now .. so I can boot from another HDD...
And delete the partitions.
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24 May 2009   #23
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
NOPE .. nothing works as long as this HDD is anywhere in my computer ..
I have it installed as a USB device right now .. so I can boot from another HDD...
And delete the partitions.
See my Edit above
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24 May 2009   #24
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

My problem appears to be that this HDD had another Data partition …
And I wanted to replace just the 80 gig system partition ..
that was W7-7100x86 .. with the ATI backup .. W7-7127x86

As long as this HDD had the Data partition .. I was dead .. and couldn’t boot from any HDD or Optical.
So .. I deleted the data partition with the HDD connected as a USB device.

Then I restored W7 from the Acronis Image.
Then .. It wouldn’t boot .. But my computer was functional .. So I did a repair install from the W7 DVD.

All is well now .. But I lost the Data in the Data partition.

The text in this reply came from my XP Computer ..
the picture was added from my new W7-7127x86


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24 May 2009   #25
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
My problem appears to be that this HDD had another Data partition …
And I wanted to replace just the 80 gig system partition ..
that was W7-7100x86 .. with the ATI backup .. W7-7127x86

As long as this HDD had the Data partition .. I was dead .. and couldn’t boot from any HDD or Optical.
So .. I deleted the data partition with the HDD connected as a USB device.

Then I restored W7 from the Acronis Image.
Then .. It wouldn’t boot .. But my computer was functional .. So I did a repair install from the W7 DVD.

All is well now .. But I lost the Data in the Data partition.

The text in this reply came from my XP Computer ..
the picture was added from my new W7-7127x86
Great! At least you got it up again
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24 May 2009   #26
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

But, if this problem remains ...
And one can't Replace/Recover the System drive independent of other partitions easily ...
I'll be buying another Copy of XP.

All this hassle because I wanted to try to hack the registry to see if I could get W7 to do Thumbnails of psd files .. and wanted another play HDD to practice surgery on.
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24 May 2009   #27
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
But, if this problem remains ...
And one can't Replace/Recover the System drive independent of other partitions easily ...
I'll be buying another Copy of XP.

All this hassle because I wanted to try to hack the registry to see if I could get W7 to do Thumbnails of psd files .. and wanted another play HDD to practice surgery on.
Yes, but look at what you learnt (thats what I always tell myself)
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24 May 2009   #28
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

One advantage of getting older ...
I don't have to watch as many repeats on TV anymore ...
I just wish the commercials weren't so long.

I'm rebuilding the Data partition now ... Will start hacking around in the registry soon.

Let's see how bigga picture this forum will hold ??


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24 May 2009   #29
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

i'm thinking about switching to ATI2009 home but after reading this i'm unsure about it. I have an old xp box that has a decent cpu but only 1 gig ram (it's old sd-ram with only 2 slots in the board so i can't increase it anymore) but that should be enough to run seven on (without aero etc). i need to be able to make a reliable image of the hdd after install for emergency recovery.
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25 May 2009   #30
cintra

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
i'm thinking about switching to ATI2009 home but after reading this i'm unsure about it. I have an old xp box that has a decent cpu but only 1 gig ram (it's old sd-ram with only 2 slots in the board so i can't increase it anymore) but that should be enough to run seven on (without aero etc). i need to be able to make a reliable image of the hdd after install for emergency recovery.
Well.. Windows 7 itself now makes image backups, which I have done. I just haven't tried screwing up my system and restoring yet...

If possible I would suggest upgrading the memory on your old box to at least 2GB btw. My old 2.5 Ghz P4 box has that, and it works quite nicely on W7.

In fact it has awakened my interest for MS out of a long hibernation

Ref. 3rd party backup software.. my vote goes to 'Macrium Reflect'. Their forum has a thread on W7 Beta right now, so they're aware of differences in the Boot sector area and are no doubt working on it.

Mvh
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