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Windows 7: How do i get my HDD back

05 Aug 2010   #11
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Night Hawk, after reading over your post a couple more times and reading some of what was said in the comments for that that tutorial I understand what you were trying to say before, and I apologize for being very rude yesterday.

imessedup2, I would recommend wiping the drive as described in here, then use the GUI interface for making two partitions, instead of the steps for making a partition in the tutorial. You can then install XP to one partition, then 7 to the other, or any other combo you want to do. If you are saying you just want have XP and not 7, then you can use the XP cd to format the entire drive (do the full/long format) and install XP.


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05 Aug 2010   #12
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 

I HAVE 3 COMPUTERS AND THE 1ST ONE WONT ALLOW ME TO GET INTO THE BIOS, AND THE OTHER DOESN'T RECOGNIZE MY DVD ROM BUT IT RECOGNIZE AN OLD CD ROM THAT WONT LOAD CD's. AND THE ONE I'M ON NOW IS THE ONE THAT I DELETED THE PRIMARY OS AND I DON'T HAVE THE ORIGINAL CD ONLY A BACK UP AND IT WONT REPAIR THE "BOOT MANAGER IS MISSING PROB." I HAVE ISSUES!!! I HAVE A WIN XP CD THAT IS GOOD, IS THERE A WAY TO USE IT TO GET MY SYS. BACK ON TRACK. ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I PUT MY HDD IN ANOTHER COMPUTER AND RUN IT AS SLAVE AND THEN FORMAT IT, WILL I BE ABLE TO PUT IT BACK IN THE OTHER COMPUTER AND RUN A CLEAN INSTALL?
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05 Aug 2010   #13
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

First, either calm down, or turn caps lock off.

It sounds like you have a lot more problems than we can help you with online. You can not use XP to repair a 7 install to my knowledge. You will need to wipe the HDD from what it sounds like. Yes, you could run the HDD as slave in another computer and use Disk Management to format the drive, then do a clean install after placing it back in to the other computer. It sounds like you have more problems then you are telling us.

Let's handle this one thing at a time. Do you have anyway to reinstall Windows 7?
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05 Aug 2010   #14
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 

What is a gui interface?
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05 Aug 2010   #15
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

if its not a black screen with white text, chances are its a GUI.
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05 Aug 2010   #16
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

When you are not able to boot into a 7 install but can at least burn a cd the option for creating a bootable repair cd with the repair tools found on the 7 dvd is a download of an iso disk image containing them. Fortunately someone thought ahead on this for those with laptops as well as premade desktops that came without recovery disks. Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files

The startup repair or manual method for rebuilding the BCD store would be the two methods for getting 7 running. Later you would simply add the entry in for XP as long as you still have the XP boot files intact to copy onto the root of the new drive. The boot.ini file would also likely need an edit depending on which partition would have XP if the order is changed.

One example if you were able to reinstall both would be seeing XP installed after 7 in the event you eventually decided to remove XP entirely leaving the new version's primary intact. You could either simply remove the XP boot entry and reformat a second primary for the older version.

For cleaning off a drive fast without even removing it from the present case do you have a usb flash drive about 1gb or 2gb in size available? The shareware version of UltraISO can write the GParted live cd image to see the flash drive made bootable as well if your board supports booting from usb devices. Once live you can repartition even nuke the drive with ease.

Replacing an non bootable optical drive is something to consider since the prices on dvd burners is low enough especially during the summer clearances to solve that one. The use of a flash drive however is a fast alternative when your optical drive is toast.

As far as a gui or Graphical User Interface the Windows desktop or even a live cd application like a drive partitioning program uses the gui method over a command prompt where that appears like an old Dos prompt.

And getting back to you Petey7 I didn't take any offense and accept your apology. We all have off days at times!
(I've had a few of those lately myself! )
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06 Aug 2010   #17
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 
Thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
There are two options available while booted live with 7 dvd. The first is using the drive tools there to create and format a new primary and immediately canceling the install to reboot and then restart the installer to avoid seeing the 100mb partition created since the installer will then see an existing primary.

The second is not starting up the installer but going into the repair tools section and selecting the command prompt option to use DiskPart. You can create and format a new primary there using the command line method.

The 3rd option is typically best for repartitioning by someone new at partitioning drives with the help of the gui interface seen with a regular partitioning program. That will still be needed in order to move the existing primary to the front of the drive to be expanded afterwards or opt to see a new second storage partition created in the then vacant drive space rather then risking any partition table problem when going to expand the 64bit 7's primary which could happen.

All that will depend on what imessedup2 is looking for which sounds like he wants to save the present 64bit installation along with seeing the booting problem resolved. The startup repair tool may have to be used more then once but usually is quite effective at correcting the loss of boot files and mbr entries.
Thanks Mr Night Hawk. I got my HDD back with XP
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06 Aug 2010   #18
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 

I guess this is where I'm supposed to comment. I need 2 go 2 help so i can learn how and where 2 post on this site. However I'd like 2 Thank Mr. Petey 7 and Mr. Night Hawk for the valuable information on how 2 get my HDD back up and running. However my 64 bit win. 7 doesn't boot up, but it's still on a partition. XP is the primary boot OS. Can i get the 64 win 7 to get recognized at boot up also? If not i wont worry about it at this time.
Thanks Guy's once again
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06 Aug 2010   #19
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 

"graphical user interface" See I'm learning already
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06 Aug 2010   #20
imessedup2

win 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Night Hawk, after reading over your post a couple more times and reading some of what was said in the comments for that that tutorial I understand what you were trying to say before, and I apologize for being very rude yesterday.

imessedup2, I would recommend wiping the drive as described in here, then use the GUI interface for making two partitions, instead of the steps for making a partition in the tutorial. You can then install XP to one partition, then 7 to the other, or any other combo you want to do. If you are saying you just want have XP and not 7, then you can use the XP cd to format the entire drive (do the full/long format) and install XP.

Thanks Mr. Petey7 all is under control now
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