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Windows 7: Cant format a Primary partition.

28 May 2009   #11
rive0108

Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fliplip View Post
Thanks for the help guys.
My main worry now is the bootmanager. I can restore it but cant seem to move it so the suggestions above could be the answer.
Jeff, ill try your first as it a bit of a pain to get my PC open to disconnect the drive.
Are you saying that if i delete the partition the bootmanager will reflect this and W7 will create a new one on my C: drive?
You dont even have to delete it, just mark the other partition as active, go into msconfig and delete the other O/S boot (this will remove the dual boot option), and then repair it through the RE (7 disk startup repair), then boot into the partioner, or delete it through the management utility. Merging to the left though, If you are setting the second volume as active will result in specific issues that are addressed on the dual boot tutorial.


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28 May 2009   #12
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

All sorted.
Biggest thanks goes to Jeff but all relpys were very helpful.
Almost had a heart attack when i rebooted and i got the "no boot disc" message. Did a repair boot but that didnt help. Turns out i had forgotten about the boot manager in the bios. Onc ei had selected the Windows 7 HDD it booted up fine.
I forgot to add earlier that both partitions were already active.
Ive learnt a lot today, so now to go and undo it all by upgrading to 7137 (or 7140 if i can wait that long ;-)
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28 May 2009   #13
Orbital Shark

 
 

Excellent news mate
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28 May 2009   #14
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Yeah, Thanks again all.
Off to bed now.
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29 May 2009   #15
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Right, new day new problem.
Although my PC is booting ok i have ot use the bootloader in the bios to choose the correct HDD. Its no3 on the MoBo. If i dont do with i get a "No boot disc" error.
Am i right in thinking i need to physically move the HDD to the first position on the MoBo. Its the only drive that is active so i would have thought the bios would boot from that.
I cant find any way of setting it as the boot drive in the bios.
Thanks for any help.
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29 May 2009   #16
eVox

Win 7 (7100 x64); OS X 10.5.6
 
 

Surely there's a Boot Order page in your BIOS or something similar?
Normally you get a page with a list with all storage devices (usually USB devices, Optical Drives and Hard Disks) and either use enter to select whichever device you want and then use the up/down arrows to move it, or you just highlight the device and use Pg Up/Dn to move them.
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29 May 2009   #17
Orbital Shark

 
 

You shouldn't need to move any hardware. The BIOS should retain the boot sequence, unless the CMOS battery is failing which is highly unlikely. The system should check each disk in order, but if you have data on each disk then the boot sequence may be getting confused, thinking that the drive should have a boot config.

If changing the hardware around is the only way to solve it then it's a viable option. Or maybe someone might have more info




Jeff
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30 May 2009   #18
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eVox View Post
Surely there's a Boot Order page in your BIOS or something similar?
Normally you get a page with a list with all storage devices (usually USB devices, Optical Drives and Hard Disks) and either use enter to select whichever device you want and then use the up/down arrows to move it, or you just highlight the device and use Pg Up/Dn to move them.
No, as far as i can see the options are what type of boot device but not what drive (ie CD rom, USB, SATA) and in the boot manager there doesnt seem to be anyway of saveing my choice.
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30 May 2009   #19
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Jeff.
I think your right. The bios has got a bit confussed. At the moment the boot drive is on SATA 4. I know it shouldnt make a difference but it has.
Just put it on SATA 1 and all is fine now.

Thanks again all.

Dave.
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