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Windows 7: doubled up OS disaster

19 Dec 2012   #11

W7 Ultimate 64, W7 Ultimate 64, W7 Home 64

I haven’t gotten back as I did get the PC working and just have been real busy catching up and with other things. As I had said I could get the W7 USB setup screen, but I was reluctant to go too far without being assured that it would likely save my files. MS and also further screens told me it would put all of my old files into a folder named Windows old. My only problem then was that I would get an error that it couldn’t install on my C drive, which was where it had to go. I believe that I found a setting in the bios that was preventing the use of that drive. It all went smoothly after that. Of course I had to reinstall some software and redo some settings, but it gave me a chance to clean a lot of junk out and I have a smooth running system now. I know now that I have a usable USB recovery file on that USB. Although I don’t actually need it, I may want to ultimately put a recovery or the complete OS on a partition of the C drive to facilitate any needed future repairs, and maybe modify/delete the current partition that had the old XP recovery files. It is 6.4 GB and filled up. The W7 OS appears to have used about 4.8GB of the 8GB flash drive.
So all that I know is I did nothing out of the ordinary except using testdisk to recover and then copy all that was on the separate laptops hard drive to my C drive, and then upon my next day’s restart I had a non-booting system. It sure seems like that was what somehow caused the problem. My original project still remains; getting the laptop with the failing hard drive back operating, and in a way that won't mess up my PC if it is used in that process. I’ll start a post on that separately to explain that. Thank you very much for your help on this situation.

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19 Dec 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP


Why would you ask for help here and then waste the hour I took to write out steps for you by not even replying or interacting further?

Instead of now just hinting that there maybe something else you need help for, when you are ready to do what you still need to do then post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map using the Snipping Tool in Start menu, tell us exactly what you want to do, then have the courtesy to check back for our answer for more than an hour before running off to do something else entirely.
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20 Dec 2012   #13

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hmm helful I am getting abit confused myself now mate. Now I don't want to sound overbearing but could you reply in paragraph form as it is evry hard to read what you have put in a conglomerate form.
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21 Dec 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I'm perplexed. It sounds like helpful55 did some unorthodox activities, from what I see described. I'd say all bets are off and that rather than trying to recover what may already be a significantly compromised system, to start over with a complete reformatting of the hard drive of the laptop and a fresh operating system install. Of course, back up all user documents before hand.
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