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Windows 7: Boot to black screen with blinking cursor, fresh install, not hdd

21 Aug 2012   #21


I hope you deleted all partitions so you had a clean slate. Read over the steps again to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #22

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I've reviewed the thread and things just aren't meshing.

Disconnect that 1.5 TB drive that you hooked up internally.
Disconnect power from the drive. Disconnect data from the drive.

No connections to the drive.

This step is going to take some time but is necessary because of one of your replies.

I want you to perform a CLEAN ALL on the remaing 1 TB drive.

This will take a long time. You will be able to watch a couple of sporting events during the time.

After the clean all make a CLEAN INSTALL.
Use this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7

I want you to use the System Repair Disc that you made to run CLEAN ALL.



Insert Win 7 SYSTEM REPAIR DISC into the optical reader.

Shutdown your computer.
Power up your computer.

A dialog window will appear:
Select your Language Preference | NEXT button

Select desired operating system if more than 1 shown |
Use recovery tools... Radio
button | NEXT button

Select the Command Prompt option

Use DiskPart ----{type commands, follow each by hitting ENTER}
Type DISKPART ------{starts DiskPart; command prompt changes to DISKPART> }
Enter following DISKPART commands:
List disk ----------{list number assigned by DiskPart to the drives;
-------------------- note the numeral assigned to your UFD/SSD/HDD}
select disk 1 ------{the numeral 1 will be used in this example}
detail disk --------{info will help verify that you’ve selected the desired disk}
clean all ----------{write zeroes to all bytes of selected disk; depending upon

-------------------- capacity and device speed, this can take awhile.
-------------------- Any bad sectors will be so marked and avoided.
-------------------- Wait for the DiskPart prompt to appear again.
-------------------- The DiskPart> prompt will eventually appear.
exit ---------------------{exit DISKPART and return to the command-shell prompt}
exit ---------------------{exit the command shell }

You may need to tell your computer to boot from the optical drive.
Power Up your computer.

Immediately start hitting the F12 key
Choose CD/DVD from the menu

If your computer doesn’t offer this capability, try tapping the F2 key to get to the BIOS to change the boot order.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #23


I'm sorry Karl but with the greatest respect I must disagree.

It isn't necessary to Clean All except to overwrite data you don't want retrievable by recovery methods.

All troubleshooting purposes - e.g. install or boot failures blocked by bad boot code - are accomplished by the quick Diskpart Clean Command.

This was debated years ago and settled in the this Diskpart Clean All debate thread.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Aug 2012   #24

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Greg, you do your thing. I guarantee you that i know what I'm doing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #25


And what is that, may I ask?

What corrective action can Diskpart Clean All provide that simple Clean command cannot? I have not seen it in dealing with this daily here for three years.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #26

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Karl, Greg thank you both for your efforts in the end your knowledge led me to stumble upon something that for the time being works and to me if it works i am satisfied. Thank you and if this problem returns or a new one emerges i will have more questions undoubtedly able to be answered by someone like you. Thanks guys.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #27


You're most welcome. Do keep us posted how it goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2012   #28

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Glad to hear you found a solution..
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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