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Windows 7: Where did my BOOT program go

01 Apr 2011   #1
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 
Where did my BOOT program go

Yesterday I decided to upgrade my memory. After upping to 4gb, my computer booted up but no programs would execute. I restarted and got the msg. " re-boot and select proper boot device or insert boot media...... ". My configuration is Drive c for op systems and programs, Drive D for all data and a recently installed Drive E for storage of photo backups. After playing around, I was able to boot up but not from drive C, from Drive E. This drive only holds back up of my C drive and photos in a second partition. Any idea as to why it stopped booting from C & why is it now booting from E.
To use the computer, I have to do the F8 routine where I have to select Drive E to boot from. The bios looks ok to me but I am certainly an expert on the bios.
If I can not get a fix I will probably re-load W7 and refresh the system all over again but that is a lot of work if I can solve the problem.
Thanks.


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01 Apr 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.


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01 Apr 2011   #3
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erndog105 View Post
Yesterday I decided to upgrade my memory. After upping to 4gb, my computer booted up but no programs would execute. I restarted and got the msg. " re-boot and select proper boot device or insert boot media...... ". My configuration is Drive c for op systems and programs, Drive D for all data and a recently installed Drive E for storage of photo backups. After playing around, I was able to boot up but not from drive C, from Drive E. This drive only holds back up of my C drive and photos in a second partition. Any idea as to why it stopped booting from C & why is it now booting from E.
To use the computer, I have to do the F8 routine where I have to select Drive E to boot from. The bios looks ok to me but I am certainly an expert on the bios.
If I can not get a fix I will probably re-load W7 and refresh the system all over again but that is a lot of work if I can solve the problem.
Thanks.
You need to go into the BIOS and set the drives as they were before you installed the new RAM.
Make the drive that is being reported as the E drive the First BOOT device and is the first drive in the Drive Configuration, two totally different settings.
Then make what you thing is the D drive the second drive in Drive Configuration and then what is being reported as the C drive the last drive in the system.

Your BIOS might call these two different settings something different then what I am calling them.
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01 Apr 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It would be better if the "System" boot files are on another partition than the Windows partition that that be corrected now to end any further, future issues, that's why I asked to see a snip of disk management to start with.
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01 Apr 2011   #5
gregrocker

 

Type Disk Management in Start Search box, maximize window, use Snipping TOol in Start Menu to draw a rectangular box around drive listings and map, save file, attach using paper clip in reply box. We will quickly get you sorted.
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01 Apr 2011   #6
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Type Disk Management in Start Search box, maximize window, use Snipping TOol in Start Menu to draw a rectangular box around drive listings and map, save file, attach using paper clip in reply box. We will quickly get you sorted.
This is all well and good but.
I just built a new system. Place the 3 physical drives on the respective cables/socket where I want the drive to be and to show in the OS. After booting the system for the first time the drive I have on the second SATA port showed as the 3rd drive in the OS and the drive I have on the 3rd port as the second drive. BIOS had them listed on the first page as correct, 250 1st, 1TB second, 750 3rd. Drive order in the BOOT section of the BIOS had them correct. OS didn't see them that way. Switched 2 & 3 around on the cables, re-set the BOOT section, Drive Configuration, to the correct order and then the OS, Win 7, saw the drive the way I wanted them.
So it could be that when the new RAM was installed the BIOS switched the drive order around. That is what needs to be checked first.
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01 Apr 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Windows 7 sometime has issues with disk management detecting the HDDs in the 'correct' order.

That's why we suggest disconnecting (if possible) all but the one needing repaired.
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01 Apr 2011   #8
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 

Regarding my original post, seems like my C drive is so corrupted, it does not show W7 even being there. Guess Ill do the do and re-install.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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01 Apr 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you're going to do a clean install of Windows 7, below is some information you may find useful and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.




After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you don't want to wipe the entire HDD, you can do a partition-specific wipe of the Windows partition using the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) have a look at Option Three in the tutorial at this link below.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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01 Apr 2011   #10
erndog105

xp and vista
 
 

Thanks so much. Will do my best to follow above. Fortunately, all my data is on a separate drive so wiping clean the C drive is no problem.
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