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Windows 7: boot\BCD Status: 0xc00000e9 unexpected I/O error

17 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
boot\BCD Status: 0xc00000e9 unexpected I/O error

When booting my desktop computer I get a windows boot manager black screen with” File:\boot\BCD Status: 0xc00000e9 unexpected I/O error has occurred” message. If I boot to CD/DVD using my windows recovery disk and select keyboard US, I get two options: Restore using system image or use recovery tools. When I select system image and next, no image is found. When I select recovery tools, I am asked to choose an operating system. Now my problem is no operating system is listed. What can I do now to recover my system? My hardware has checked out ok and I suspect something in windows 7 has messed up. Any suggestions? In troubleshooting, I replaced the suspect hard drive, installed windows 7 and the computer works great. So how do I recover my original hard drive?
Update: Booting to installation disk and running startup repair results in Root cause found: The partition table does not have a valid system partition.

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17 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Solution: I bought a new 500 gb drive and installed windows 7/64. The computer booted and operated normally. This verified the hardware end. I then installed the suspect drive and the windows installation disk in the dvd drive and booted to the dvd drive. This brought up a boot menu and booted to dvd and this brought up a repair menu notifying me that there was a problem with the boot partition. It asked me if I wanted it to repair the problem. I selected yes and then rebooted the computer to the suspect drive and all is well. From now on, I will always clone the drive so as to have an instant duplicate backup.
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18 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Thanks for posting back.
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