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Windows 7: Win7 Won't Boot, Need Help

06 Mar 2017   #11
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You didn't answer my questions:
In witch one was win 7 installed? How many partitions are on that disk? Who has installed win 7 on it? Is it a OEM computer or build by you?
Is the disk recognized on BIOS?
It's important to me to know who has installed win 7 and if it's a OEM computer or build by you.
If you installed win 7, it should be only two partitions: MSR - 120M - RAW and a big NTFS with Windows.
Also, if you installed Win 7 with the other drives attached, it's possible that the MBR that takes to the Win boot loader is on another disk. Even the boot loader can be on another disk.
Once again, with only the Win 7 disk attached to the MB, can you boot from WinPE and launch disk manager?
What I'm looking for is if there is another disk that is also active and has the boot loader.


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06 Mar 2017   #12
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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You didn't answer my questions
Sorry about that. I had missed your reply. Thank you for your time!

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If your BIOS has a Fast boot option, disable it for now.
It does, and it was enabled. I have now, upon your advice, disabled it.

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You have 4 hard Drives. In witch one was win 7 installed?
80GB Hitachi

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How many partitions are on that disk?
#1 System Reserved
#2 Windows 7

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Who has installed win 7 on it?
I did with a physical disc.

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Is it a OEM computer or build by you?
Custom built by my self

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Is the disk recognized on BIOS?
Yes it is. The disc came with a HD Diagnostic Utility. Ran an advanced stress test and it reported 0 bad sectors, 0 errors. I have one that came with a Seagate drive. That one reported the same results. Using Diskpart via Command Prompt, I was able to run Chkdsk and it reported the same results.

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Before you go further on attempting to recover Win 7 I suggest you to detach all the other data HDD from the MB.
Understood and it has been done.

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With only the Win 7 disk attached to the MB, can you boot from WinPE and launch disk manager?. I began to think the possibility that your Win 7 disk has failed.
I'm not sure what you mean by disk manager. I booted into WinPE and was able to launch its file explorer. I was able to access images and text files on my Windows drive. Nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. I was also able to launch GParted which listed my System Reserved drive as NTFS. It has the boot flag, not the Windows drive.

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If you installed win 7, it should be only two partitions: MSR - 120M - RAW and a big NTFS with Windows.
The System Reserved partition is 95MB and the Windows partition is around 76GB. Not sure how to check if the System Reserved partition is RAW.


UPDATE
I ran the System Restore disk again. This time I didn't have to wait but a few seconds before it stopped searching for hard drives. I then tried to perform the Automatic Repair and this too finished in record time. But it still says it cannot perform an automatic repair and the error listed is MissingBootManager.

I really wanted to pursue restoring the System Reserved partition. I found this article which detailed how to format the system partition. This guy said that once you do this the automatic repair feature of System Restore should kick in and repopulate the partition. But that isn't the case for me personally.

UPDATE #2
I was checking out the Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure To Boot and followed #10. I deleted the partition and created a new one. Labeled it the same, ntfs, same size as before. Set the flag to boot, went back and did all the mbr stuff, and finally tried running Automatic Repair via System Restore again. It is still saying it cannot repair it and the cause is MissingBootManager.
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06 Mar 2017   #13
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

On a OEM computer with Legacy BIOS, you may have 4 partitions.
- System Reserved - Active partition, with boot loader where you have some programs (system health check, Factory restore etc)
- MSR - Created during installation. MSR partition is a partition that isn't formatted, still RAW. This partition normally isn't used. If you have Bit Locker (encryption) for C:, the decryption rules and codes are stored on MSR. It's not your case. It should be RAW, inactive.
- Big NTFS partition where Windows is installed.
- A NTFS about 15G where a Factory Recover image is stored.

As it was you who build and installed windows, there should be only 2 partitions.
- MSR that you see as System Reserved. It should be RAW = Unformatted and Inactive.
- Big NTFS partition where Windows is installed.

- With only the 80GB Hitachi attached, boot from WinPE.
- Launch Explorer and right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management (left panel - bottom). You going to see the your 80G disk.
- Right click on the System reserved partition and make it inactive. (you can also do it by Diskpart)
- Right click on the windows partition. Make it active. (you can also do it by Diskpart)
Shut down.

Boot from the installation disk, go to repair and try to do a boot repair.
Please report.
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06 Mar 2017   #14
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
As it was you who build and installed windows, there should be only 2 partitions.
- MSR that you see as System Reserved. It should be RAW = Unformatted and Inactive.
- Big NTFS partition where Windows is installed.

- Launch Explorer and right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management (left panel - bottom). You going to see the your 80G disk.
- Right click on the System reserved partition and make it inactive. (you can also do it by Diskpart)
- Right click on the windows partition. Make it active. (you can also do it by Diskpart)
Shut down.

Boot from the installation disk, go to repair and try to do a boot repair.
Please report.
I did what you described. I deleted the System Reserved partition (empty, unassigned), the boot flag is set for the Windows partition, rebooted into the System Restore disc and ran automatic repair. Exact same error. Just for the sake of completeness, I set the windows partition to active using Diskpart as well, but no change in the repair result.

I came across this information. It describes a simple way to stop using the System Reserved partition and to establish the boot files directly onto the Windows partition. Not sure what the pro's or con's of this are. What do you think? Is it worth trying?
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06 Mar 2017   #15
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

For the first time I used only diskpart (no using GPart to modify partitions). I went back in and used "create partition primary" to create a partition. Rebooted, formatted it, made it active, and then ran Autorepair again. This time it said it made some repairs. I rebooted it, this time my hard drive was listed, I ran Autorepair two more times. I just got into Windows!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!! I sincerely appreciate your time. You have helped me a GREAT deal. Thank you
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07 Mar 2017   #16
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Mulsiphix, glad you have your computer back but all credits are for you.
To understand what is now on your computer, with all drives attached, please launch Disk Manager (Launch Explorer and right click on My Computer - Manage - Disk Management (left panel - bottom)).
Expand the columns so we can read them and with the sniping tool take a snapshot. Post the image as an attachment (Go Advanced - Manage Attachments - Browse - Upload)
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07 Mar 2017   #17
Mulsiphix

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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Mulsiphix, glad you have your computer back but all credits are for you.
You really helped me think about the problem from a different direction though. I don't believe I would have found the solution if I had not talked to you, specifically .

I've attached the requested screenshot


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08 Mar 2017   #18
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Seems everything is OK.
May I suggest you to replace the 80GB Hitachi with a SSD. You have no idea how a SSD for OS and programs will boost your computer.
I have one of these: PNY CS1311 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD7CS1311-120-RB - Newegg.com
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