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Windows 7: Where did my BOOT program go

01 Apr 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you have any questions about any of it be sure to ask, we'll be here.


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01 Apr 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

It's possible having your boot files on a different HD is corrupting Disk Mgmt output. Can you post up a camera snap of the drive map with listings of free Partition Wizard bootable CD? This will almost always give a correct reading when Disk Mgmt sometimes doesn't.
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03 Apr 2011   #13
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 

Bare foot, I am getting the msg clean is not allowed on disk containing the current boot. system etc. My drive 0 is the one I am trying to clean because it was drive C that I could not boot from. I am booting from my recently installed third HD which only has some backups from drive C. Any suggestions?
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03 Apr 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

To run a clean all or clean on a "System" partition you have to boot the Windows installation media to diskpart, it can't be run on a "System" partition from within Windows; have a look at this tutorial at the link below.


DISKPART : At PC Startup
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03 Apr 2011   #15
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erndog105 View Post
Bare foot, I am getting the msg clean is not allowed on disk containing the current boot. system etc. My drive 0 is the one I am trying to clean because it was drive C that I could not boot from. I am booting from my recently installed third HD which only has some backups from drive C. Any suggestions?
Something that everyone should know about all versions of Windows.

No matter what drive you install the OS to, The first drive in the system usually label with a C:\ the Second Third Forth whatever and that goes for partitions not just physical disks, Windows WILL ALWAYS COPY FILES TO THE FIRST DRIVE/PARTITION IN THE SYSTEM.
So even though you installed the OS on the new drive you just put in the system there are files that Windows need to boot to the OS stored on the First Drive/Partition.

That is why when you run the Clean/CleanAll command it comes back with it can't because if it did the system would not boot.

Now if youk do boot the system from the DVD, open a Command Prompt and run the Clean/Clean All command you will be left with reinstalling the OS all over again.
Which if you what to fix all of this that is what you need to do.

What you should of done was REMOVE ALL OTHER physical drives from the system at the same time you installed that new drive and then installed the OS. Then put those other drives back in the system in whatever order you wanted to or needed to.

To late now. Good luck.
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03 Apr 2011   #16
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 

I did remove the two other drives.
I completed the clean but I could not get the command wondow from the language screen. Just would not move there. So I went to the rapair route and did the clean from there. Then exited and re-loaded the Window 7 CD and all went well.
I still have one issue. I like my drives labled in sequence. C, D, E (and F for a partitioned third drive). I got C, E, F and G. How does this happen and how can I get my second drive to be D. Rename just does not get what I want.
Thanks Bare Foot and all others for your help. Now all I have to do is load all the other programs.
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03 Apr 2011   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Is the CD/DVD drive lettered as D:?


You're welcome, glad I could help.
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03 Apr 2011   #18
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 

Yes, DVD is "D"
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03 Apr 2011   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Rt click drives in disk management and select Change drive letters and paths.
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