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Windows 7: Invalid System Partition Problem

06 Jul 2011   #41
Meetyou

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

ok, so im out of luck and completely stuck now.
I bought a brand new HDD, hoping that it might solve the issue. However, I am back at square 1 : while trying to install windows 7, while it sees the new hard drive, even partitions it to my preferences, it won't install windows 7 nor, as of matter of fact, XP. It says something on the botton about being unable to install windows and see the log (im at friends computer, cant write down the exact message). And of course there is no log or anything else.
Im stuck. Please help guys, any advise will help.
Im thinking of downloading bunch of software to recover or boot up, but I am not familiar with it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!


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06 Jul 2011   #42
gregrocker

 

Go into BIOS setup, clear the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

While in BIOS setup, set SATA controller to AHCI first to try install, then IDE mode if necessary.

Next try removing all but 2gb of RAM to try install. Test your RAM, swap RAM sticks. RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the DVD yourself? Confirm the ISO and burn another using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify.

Please get the exact error message for us. Snap with camera and attach using paper clip, or type it out verbatim.
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15 Jul 2011   #43
Meetyou

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Ok people.
Thanks for your help and efforts. Decided to reply and and maybe help others with my misfortune.
So what happened was - SSD stopped working ( RMA it), and windows for some reason had invalid system partition. ANd no matter what i tried, I could not restore it. So I bought a new HDD, and got a new windows 7 copy. Partition table was still incorrect, but after trying to fix it with windows start up repair for few tries, it finally got it going. I installed windows, downloaded all the driver, including one for my motherboard and raid. After that, I reinstalled windows, with and during installation installed raid driver. The thing is, I have uninstalled and installed windows on my pc several times, and this is the first time i needed to add an aditional driver for raid. In any case it got it working after all.
2 out of 3 HDD were crapped out (not counting new HDD i got), but I restored all my valuable files. Now everything is back to normal.
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15 Jul 2011   #44
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Meetyou View Post


... Now everything is back to normal.


At least you got it sorted and thanks for the update.
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15 Jul 2011   #45
gregrocker

 

It isn't necessary to buy a new copy of Win7 when there are problems. You own the retail copy for life to reinstall as many times as you want, or a copy which comes preinstalled is good for the life of the machine - no need to waste a new Product Key and lose the $100+ value.

Had you interacted with our advice we could have walked you through to a solution as we do thousands of others.
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15 Jul 2011   #46
Meetyou

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It isn't necessary to buy a new copy of Win7 when there are problems. You own the retail copy for life to reinstall as many times as you want, or a copy which comes preinstalled is good for the life of the machine - no need to waste a new Product Key and lose the $100+ value.

Had you interacted with our advice we could have walked you through to a solution as we do thousands of others.
If you look above 4 threads, you may notice thats ur advice - to get new windows copy. I got mine from a neighbor.
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15 Jul 2011   #47
gregrocker

 

Good, I'm glad you didn't buy another one as that's how it sounded to me.

I would test those HD's using maker's diagnostics/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic, followed by Disk Check

It's unusual so many HD's could go bad all at once, and even more unusual the mobo drivers were not in the Win7 installer which is driver-complete.

Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
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15 Jul 2011   #48
Meetyou

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I know. I was surprised about the drivers myself. what i love windows 7 for is that its ready to go right out of the box. and mine was, but maybe the cd got scratched or smth.
As for hard drives, the only one that got bad was the ssd. Phisically all my HDD are working fine. I just lost some information on them, not the valuable stuff though.
I guess I unplugged the incorrect drive, believing it to be my raid storage drive. When windows fianlly got working, I "unmirrored" them, and copied all my pictures and documents to external hard drive. When reinstalled windows and put raid drivers on, I mirrored the incorrect drive and accidently deleted stuff on it. But thats no big deal, it was purely for software and temporary download stuff, all of which can be restored.
But I learned a valuable lesson - always write down on the back of the case sidewall which drive is plugged to where and what it does.
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