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Windows 7: Win 7 Won't Boot Drive Ltrs Changed

02 Jan 2017   #1
Frank W

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Win 7 Won't Boot Drive Ltrs Changed

Greetings Forumerions!

I'm aware that variations of this problem have been discussed before; however, I thought I would be safe and initiate a new thread specific to my exact problems.

First the computer in question is:

Lenovo Laptop Z565 with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

The last couple months the 'puter has been getting glitchy; it began by going into (auto) repair periodically, stating Windows didn't start. When this happened--it was always able to repair itself ... Until it didn't.
After failed attempts to "repair" the computer using the repair option I finally ran chkdsk. That seemed to have fixed the problem; however, I soon learned it was only temporary.

Once again, Windows wouldn't load, so I repeated my previous steps all in vein. Not giving up during one of the repair attempts I noticed that the "c:" partition was swapped with "e:" . In opening notepad I could see that all my files were now in "e:" and "c:" was empty.

Any input, guidance, advice would be greatly appreciated. I will add that (like most) I have data I can't lose and is not backed up (I know).

Cheers,
Frank


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02 Jan 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

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Jack
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02 Jan 2017   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The OP can't boot into Windows, Jack.
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02 Jan 2017   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Thank you SIW2. My three brain cells aren't working so good today.

Jack
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02 Jan 2017   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Frank W, welcome to the Forum.

It seems that your Hard Drive may have failed. Do you have a Windows 7 DVD so you can install Windows to new a Hard Drive. Of course you will have to remove the old one, but treat it carefully. Then you could buy or borrow a HDD caddy so you can load your old drive into & then see if you can recover your files from it via a USB connection.
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03 Jan 2017   #6
Frank W

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Mornin' Ranger,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Frank W, welcome to the Forum.
It seems that your Hard Drive may have failed. Do you have a Windows 7 DVD so you can install Windows to new a Hard Drive. Of course you will have to remove the old one, but treat it carefully. Then you could buy or borrow a HDD caddy so you can load your old drive into & then see if you can recover your files from it via a USB connection.
In checking the volumes via diskpart, they all come back as "healthy." That said, installing a new dard drive is inevitable in the future. I'm hoping I can get this drive up and running and either copy the files to an external drive (I have a new one ready to go) and or make an image of the existing drive (after it is corrected).

I don't have a Win 7 DVD. If all else fails and I have to install a new hard drive (sooner then I'd like), wouldn't a USB/hard drive adaptor work (without a caddy)?

Appreciate the input.

Cheers,
Frank
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03 Jan 2017   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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03 Jan 2017   #8
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Frank, do you have another computer so you can download SIW2's web link?.

If you don't, can you borrow a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit DVD & run that & try a Start Up Repair, as it seems your problem may be due to a corrupted MBR. You information shows you are using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, so if you can borrow a DVD it must match that.
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03 Jan 2017   #9
Frank W

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Ranger,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Frank, do you have another computer so you can download SIW2's web link?.

If you don't, can you borrow a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit DVD & run that & try a Start Up Repair, as it seems your problem may be due to a corrupted MBR. You information shows you are using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, so if you can borrow a DVD it must match that.
I have 3 other computers in the office in various states of array; however, I can use a neighbor's computer if need be. That said, I have been able to get to the repair environment (RE) and also (to my credit) made a repair disk; none of the "auto prcesses" have worked (and I think it was during one of those attempts when the drive letters got swapped), so as of late I have gone to the command prompt. With all that in mind would a Win 7 disc (complete) make any difference?

I do have a 1 TB external drive and my thoughts were to copy over files via the command prompt before attempting to revive the HD. Doing this--on my own--is out of my wheel-house. Of course that's the reason I'm here.

Frank
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03 Jan 2017   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

That's certainly worth trying & you might be able to save your data files, but you probably wont be able to save any actual application files, as these need to be installed directly into the operating system.

When you do get everything up & running again definitely think about using a back up program. I & a lot of other members here use Macrium Reflect, which seems very good for doing images of your system.
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