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Windows 7: Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive

17 Jun 2010   #11
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

7 is booting thru Disk 1 .

Windows indicates pagefile on Disk 0.


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17 Jun 2010   #12
rzn6jw

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Regarding the page files: I have a small page file on C: and a 50g page file on E: so that's what's appearing.

As far as inactivating D: and G: as in the previous reply, when I inactivated G: and rebooted, my system would not boot. When I reactivated G: my system booted. So it appears that a MBR is still on G: (maybe explaining why there is 1g allocated).

So how do I get the MBR off G: and onto C: (remembering that the now drive G: used to be the original drive C: with Win 7 32-bit which I 1st used)?
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17 Jun 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Your screenshot shows no evidence of (System Active) MBR being on any drive except DISK1 Windows 7. And it only shows a page file on Disk0. However if Win7 won't boot when G is marked inactive, then the labeling might be incorrect.

If you want to be absolutely sure the MBR is on DISK1 alone: mark Inactive all drives except Win7, then Boot Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or re-write the MBR to the sole active partition.
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17 Jun 2010   #14
rzn6jw

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I'll give that a try but it'll take me some time to get back to you.

By the way, after using the 64-bit install disk to do the diskpart inactivate and activate, when I booted back into Windows, I got the message that the copy running wasn't Genuine. Any problem here?
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17 Jun 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Did you activate 64 bit after you deleted 32 bit Win7? It may be detecting two installations since the hardware signature will be slightly different with another HD being used.

What does it say at activation link at Computer>Properties?

Where did you get WIn7?
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20 Jun 2010   #16
rzn6jw

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Everything points to C:. However, even after reformatting, backup still shows doing a system image from G:.

I ran an automated backup this weekend and I got the error message:

Backup encountered a problem while backing up file G:\Users\Bob\Music\Amazon MP3. ErrorThe system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file G:\Users\Bob\Music\Rhapsody. ErrorThe system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003))

so something still thinks that there are files still on G: even though it was a blank HDD (50g still allocated but not visible).

I've got a problem ticket ope at Western Digital, supplier of Acronis the image transfer program. I've asked them if Acronis would leave a MBR on a 'copied from' drive after formatting that drive.
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20 Jun 2010   #17
rzn6jw

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I just received this reply from Western Digital:

Dear Robert,

Thank you for contacting Western Digital Customer Service and Support. My name is Noe

I apologize for the inconvenience. Acronis performs a drive to drive copy, the MBR is left intact on the original drive, if reformatting did not remove it I suggest that you write zeros on the drive, also, many backup software make system images instead of copy only the data so this will depend of what kind of backup utility you are using.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you further.

Sincerely,
Noe
Western Digital Service and Support

so it appears that the MBR is still on G: and the PC is booting from it and marking the drive inactive prevents the PC from booting.

Do I use FDISK /MBR on C: to recreate the MBR there or do I use some other program that's on the installation disk?
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20 Jun 2010   #18
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try a full clean & full format.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
1) Boot DVD.
2) Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK OR List Volume (If you have partitions)
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT

Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive-list-disk.png Win 7 tries to image reformatted drive-list-volume.png

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tallation.html


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20 Jun 2010   #19
rzn6jw

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Here's some additional info. Apparently I've got two boot manager/loaders, one on C: and one on G: and apparently the PC is booting from G:. How do I make the boot manager/loader on C: the primary?

I actually don't want to zero out or completely clean G: until I can be assured that I can boot from C: and right now G: is the primary. There must be a way to make the boot pointer point to C: rather than G:.


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20 Jun 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

As stated earlier, the way to make certain the MBR is on Win7 HD is to mark Win7 active, mark all other HD's inactive, then boot the Win7 DVD Repair Console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts up on its own.

If you unplug G during this operation then it will be cut out completely. Make sure Win7 HD is set to boot first in BIOS setup, after DVD drive.

You can then plug G back in, boot into DVD or CD Command Line and zero out G drive using steps given in theog's post.
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