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Windows 7: Windows will not start after power outage during update

14 Dec 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just wanted to see the Partition Wizard screen. Something like this:




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14 Dec 2013   #12
bvw6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@lehnerus2000

I know I should and i've tried, but I couldn't open my partition. I've tried with two different live CD's.
So now I'm using partition wizard to copy the whole possibly corrupt windows partition to an external hdd and I'm hoping that I will be able to recover at least some of the files latter on.
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14 Dec 2013   #13
bvw6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@WHS

Ok, sorry, I wasn't sure that was what you wanted. It seemed a bit uninformative to me.
Anyway it's busy now, copying my partition, but I'll post a picture tomorrow if my problems aren't resolved by then.
My screen looks almost exactly the same though, the only differences are that I just have one disk with only one NTFS partition and my partition doesn't seem to have a label.
Instead of showing 'C:boot' like it should, it just shows '*:'.
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14 Dec 2013   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I hope the recovery works with the PW. I think the free edition copies only 1GB. If it does not work, post back - there are other ways.
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14 Dec 2013   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bvw6 View Post
@WHS

Ok, sorry, I wasn't sure that was what you wanted. It seemed a bit uninformative to me.
Anyway it's busy now, copying my partition, but I'll post a picture tomorrow if my problems aren't resolved by then.
My screen looks almost exactly the same though, the only differences are that I just have one disk with only one NTFS partition and my partition doesn't seem to have a label.
Instead of showing 'C:boot' like it should, it just shows '*:'.
That does not look too good for C. Keep us posted whether you could recover your stuff. Maybe then it would be best to reinnstall the OS. But first you need your files in a safe place.
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15 Dec 2013   #16
bvw6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, my C partion still is unreadable. Only Partition Wizard could browse my files and folders so far. Sadly PW doesn't seem to have an option to copy seperate files and folders (or I just haven't found such an option). So I've copied the entire partition to an external hdd, but this just resulted in a corrupt partition on my external hdd. (I should have expected that)
But since PW can actually browse the corrupted partition it should be possible retrieve at least part of the files on it?

Here are some pictures of PW, like you can see, my disk seems to be 100% full what shouldn't be right and it isn't able to read the name of the partition.

So does anyone know how I could recover my files?


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15 Dec 2013   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Let's try to make an image of the partition. Then we can mount the image and try to retrieve the files. There are different methods.

1. The easiest would be with command prompt at startup - Option 2 in the tutorial. For that, however, the partition needs a letter. See whether you can assign the letter C with partition Wizard. You then run the following commands:

To find the letter to which you want to store the image, run

Diskpart
List volume

That shows you all the disks and remember the letter of the disk to where you will write the image.

To write the image, use this command

WBADMIN START BACKUP -backupTarget:X: -include:C:

Where X is the disk you found in List Volume

That disk X we will later connect to another PC and attach the VHD of that image.

2. If you have a live Linux CD and know how to use it, you can try to retrieve the data with that. If you have no Linux, you can use my method:

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

3. You can try to make an image with Macrium. For that you have to burn the macrium .iso to CD. The .iso you find on my Skydrive. You boot the system with that CD. To operate Macrium you can refer to this tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium
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15 Dec 2013   #18
bvw6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks again for the quick reply WHS!
I'll try that, but will an image be any different from the copied partition? Won't it also be unreadable?
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15 Dec 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The image may be readable because it is a completely new file. Matter of trying.
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