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Windows 7: Help. Dual boot won't boot.

04 May 2009   #11
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello again Ted. Just tried that. I removed the battery for over 5 minutes and the replaced it.
I had high hopes for a moment as i immediately got a message about choosing a boot order in the BIOS so I went in there and set it to HDD and I got the same result with the splash pages then the blinking cursor. No boot
Looking on the bright side my computer is now in 2002 and it would have been the hottest rig on the block back then.
Seriously though I'm really stuck here. The most drastic thing I could think of was a fresh Vista install and I've done that but can't access it. where can I go from here?

Cheers John


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04 May 2009   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Could you have had a HDD go out?




















Later Ted
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04 May 2009   #13
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Don't think so. Earlier I tried booting from an Easus Partition Manager Pro 3 Live Disk in the hope that would have some way of helping.
I couldn't see anything likely to help and, as I wasn't booting it into windows everything was greyed out and I was strongly advise not to change anything from this mode.
However i could see both my drives, labelled correctly with the installs and files in them etc. Tantalising.
john

Also can feel them both vibrating slightly if I touch them so I think they're ok. j
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04 May 2009   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Well John, I'm fresh out of ideas. I'm very sorry you're having these troubles; maybe someone else will have some more useful suggestions for you. I will keep watching this thread to see the outcome.



















Later Ted
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04 May 2009   #15
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your time Ted. I'm pretty fed up. I'm not sure what time it is in South Carolina but it's getting late here and I have to work in the morning.
I'll check again tomorrow to see if anybody has a way forward for me.

Thanks again, John
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04 May 2009   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

One more idea.


Have you tried to boot into safe mode?



It's 6:30PM on Monday.













Later Ted
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04 May 2009   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi john,

Did you try resetting BIOS to defaults?
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04 May 2009   #18
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

A way forward? Sure. Dunno if you want to do this though.

Switch your SATA cables (assuming the drives are SATA of course.)

Then set bios to boot from Vista or 7 install DVD, your choice. Clean install with a format to a drive you are willing to lose all data on.

When the install is completed, set the bios to the hard drive where the boot files were placed. The first one the bios sees I'm guessing but even if you have to try another drive, no big deal. Should work.
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05 May 2009   #19
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi SIW2. Yes I've tried setting the BIOS to default but nothing changed. My drives are identical Samsung Spinpoint 500GB. I've noticed they appear as SM and PM in the BIOS and I've tried juggling them around but nothing.
I have a feeling that there is just something crucial I am missing. It's like it's almost there. I've noticed this morning that, after various boot attempts, my Kone mouse has come back to life. It wouldn't work last night so I stuck an old MS mouse in. The Kone mouse requires it's own drivers and has been a bit temperamental to get them installed on both Vista and W7.
Torrentg, that is a bit drastic but if there's no other way I'll eventually have to do that.
I'm reluctant because one of the drives has the operating systems on and the other all my media files and thousands of photographs.
I don't know which is which physically.
Also I'm not sure which is the SATA cable. Is it the wide plug or the narrower one?
It's early here and I've just woke up and have to go to work soon so I haven't time to do much now.
I have no problem losing my operating systems as I can re install them ( although it's a pain) but I'd like to avoid losing all my media files. Is there no way of differentiating between the two?
I just want my computer back. This is a disaster.
Thanks for your input, John

ps Ted. not sure what you mean by booting into safe mode.
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05 May 2009   #20
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Torrentg. just a thought. I already did a fresh install of Vista and installed it to the partition it had previously been on. I read somewhere that Vista has to go on first.
Anyway, wouldn't that imply that I'm trying to boot from the correct drive?
As I said earlier if I boot from Easus Partition Manager disk I can see both installs on one drive and all my stored stuff on another. Could I not disconnect one of the drives and thereby discover which is which using the Easus disk?
Also, assuming I can find which drive is which how do I do a clean install and format. I dont recall seeing a format option or would a regular install rather than a custom install format it automatically?

Thanks a lot for your input, John
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