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Windows 7: Help please! Loosing drives and partitions

07 Aug 2010   #11
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Hm, what motherboard are you running? Have you tried reinstalling your chipset drivers?
Thanks!
Asus P5Q3-Deluxe-Wifi
If you say so, although the reason eludes me, I could try that, but isn't that something that's being installed automatically under W7?
The only worrying thing I see in the device mgr are these damn three "!" marks...
I managed to get my data back from my external HD and filled it into newly made partitions.
So getting my opticals to work is the main concern now...
I tried installing W7 just to have a peek (after first making an image of c:/) and sure enough they were found and installed correctly.
For several reasons I don't really want to do a clean W7 install, I'd have to spend days reinstalling my software, reinstalling my mixed network and last but not least reactivating Windows 7 Ultimate...
Isn't there some repair mode ? The W7 Emergency Boot (by MS) I once made did not seem to show such an option.


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07 Aug 2010   #12
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can try doing a repair install ... This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.

Repair Install
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07 Aug 2010   #13
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
How many physical Hard Drives do you have?

When it drop these partitons, where exactly are the partitions located.

Meaning, if it is dropping say partition D and E for example, are those partitions on the SAME physical disk or different physical disks.

Is it random or always the same ones?
Thanks!
They're on the same physical disc, there's only one plus a WD Sata-E external HD where I do my backups.
Unfortunately that's not accessible nor found by the Acronis emergency DVD at the PC's startup, although it's correctly shown in the bios.
Only Windows detects it.
No, it just happened yesterday: instead of these lost partitions there was now a contiguous unallocated space of 510 Gb.
I put that right by Partition Manager.
Beats me why cde were still there...
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07 Aug 2010   #14
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
You can try doing a repair install ... This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.

Repair Install
Thanks,
I have an OEM version, it was a nightmare when I activated.
I would still prefer a simpler way to get my players back...
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07 Aug 2010   #15
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
ALWAYS in a case like this, you should use System Restore to go back in time to a point before the problem happened. If that doesn't help, THEN move on to other options.
I have that switched off to save on hdd space...
You're right, not a good idea...
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07 Aug 2010   #16
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

There may not be a simpler solution, but good luck...
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07 Aug 2010   #17
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
You can try doing a repair install ... This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers.

Repair Install
This won't work, because there's no active DVD drive...
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07 Aug 2010   #18
live

Win7
 
 

To back-up your data and have another look at your system

www.partedmagic.com
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08 Aug 2010   #19
barend

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks to tews for hinting at the setup.exe on the W7 disc (did not realize this option survived from XP times ).
Problem was my optical drives were gone, so I had to use the very slow drive in my laptop over LAN, which took hours to complete, but now I have my drives back and all my data!
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