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Windows 7: Invalid System Partition Problem

11 May 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

After marking Active you need to run Startup Repair from DVD or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or rewrite the System Boot files and start Win7. Startup Repair

If this fails mark the Win7 partition itself Active to run the Repairs x3.

System Repair Disc - Create


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12 May 2011   #12
Cdubbs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
After marking Active you need to run Startup Repair from DVD or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or rewrite the System Boot files and start Win7. Startup Repair

If this fails mark the Win7 partition itself Active to run the Repairs x3.

System Repair Disc - Create
okay,

first i marked the 100mb partition as active, then after that didnt work i marked my 357 GB volume as active, do i need to run diskpart again and redefine the 100mb partition as active?
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12 May 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

It's still not clear that after marking the partition Active you are running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Start with the 100mb marked Active then if that fails after three separate Startup Repair attempts mark the WIn7 partition itself Active to run the Repairs.

If both of these fail and you are determined, boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to see if your WIn7 partition is marked RAW which means it has been wiped. If not select the Win7 HD, then on Disk tab Rebuild MBR. Do this with first the 100mb marked Active, then the Win7 partition.

If this fails, rightclick>delete the System Reserved 100mb partition, create another 100mb Primary partition there, Modify>mark it Active, then boot DVD/REpair CD to run three Startup Repairs to see if you can write a new boot partition, as the other one may be corrupted beyond repair if GRUB was on the HD.

If Win7 will not start and it's partition is still intact with files you can Explore from Partition Wizard CD, then copy out your files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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12 May 2011   #14
Cdubbs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Cdubbs, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help to recover the data you need to save and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

Have you actually booted the Windows 7 installation media to see if you can copy out the data you need to save using the method outlined in the tutorial at this link?

I'm not sure how to find the correct driver on my driver CD, there are many (I have a cyberpower computer)... is there a utility in ubuntu that can help me find out the model of my hard drive?
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12 May 2011   #15
Cdubbs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's still not clear that after marking the partition Active you are running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Start with the 100mb marked Active then if that fails after three separate Startup Repair attempts mark the WIn7 partition itself Active to run the Repairs.

If both of these fail and you are determined, boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to see if your WIn7 partition is marked RAW which means it has been wiped. If not select the Win7 HD, then on Disk tab Rebuild MBR. Do this with first the 100mb marked Active, then the Win7 partition.

If this fails, rightclick>delete the System Reserved 100mb partition, create another 100mb Primary partition there, Modify>mark it Active, then boot DVD/REpair CD to run three Startup Repairs to see if you can write a new boot partition, as the other one may be corrupted beyond repair if GRUB was on the HD.

If Win7 will not start and it's partition is still intact with files you can Explore from Partition Wizard CD, then copy out your files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
I've ran startup repair for 3 hours and it didn't seem to get anywhere... Can I just start with the partition wizard method and copy my files to an external hard drive? I don't really mind reinstalling windows, I just want to save all my music and schoolwork (ripping CD's was no fun the first time - I doubt it will be any more exciting the second time - same goes to physics labs)

EDIT: forgot to add, my windows partition will not mount on my ubuntu partition, if this means anything
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12 May 2011   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cdubbs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Cdubbs, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help to recover the data you need to save and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

Have you actually booted the Windows 7 installation media to see if you can copy out the data you need to save using the method outlined in the tutorial at this link?

I'm not sure how to find the correct driver on my driver CD, there are many (I have a cyberpower computer)... is there a utility in ubuntu that can help me find out the model of my hard drive?
You have to boot the Windows 7 installation DVD and follow the method outlined in the tutorial.
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12 May 2011   #17
Cdubbs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cdubbs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post


Have you actually booted the Windows 7 installation media to see if you can copy out the data you need to save using the method outlined in the tutorial at this link?

I'm not sure how to find the correct driver on my driver CD, there are many (I have a cyberpower computer)... is there a utility in ubuntu that can help me find out the model of my hard drive?
You have to boot the Windows 7 installation DVD and follow the method outlined in the tutorial.
hmm, im not sure if i can access my C:\ drive from the installation DVD but I will try, thanks!
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12 May 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

This is why I suggested you look at a picture of your HD using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which gives the most reliable picture of Windows partitioning. If it says it's raw, then you've lost your data. If not, rightclick to Explore to see if you see your files. You can then copy them out using the steps posted in the Copy tutorial, or using free Paragon Rescue CD.

If you are having problems booting the PW CD or the Windows DVD, please post back exactly what is the problem. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

If you are in PW CD to check this, you might as well see which is the Active partition and try highlighting the WIn7 HD then running Rebuild MBR from the DIsk tab. You have also not exhaused all repair possibilities until you try the 3 separate Startup Repairs with first the 100mb System Reserved partition marked Active (if you have it) then with the WIndows 7 partition itself marked Active. Then you've done all you can.
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12 May 2011   #19
Cdubbs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is why I suggested you look at a picture of your HD using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which gives the most reliable picture of Windows partitioning. If it says it's raw, then you've lost your data. If not, rightclick to Explore to see if you see your files. You can then copy them out using the steps posted in the Copy tutorial, or using free Paragon Rescue CD.

If you are having problems booting the PW CD or the Windows DVD, please post back exactly what is the problem. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

If you are in PW CD to check this, you might as well see which is the Active partition and try highlighting the WIn7 HD then running Rebuild MBR from the DIsk tab. You have also not exhaused all repair possibilities until you try the 3 separate Startup Repairs with first the 100mb System Reserved partition marked Active (if you have it) then with the WIndows 7 partition itself marked Active. Then you've done all you can.
Alright, thanks a lot for all of your help... hopefully I can recover some of my data!
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13 May 2011   #20
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It's probably too late now but did you ever try running
sfc /scannow

when you were able to still boot into windows
from an elevated command prompt
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