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Windows 7: How do i get my HDD back

06 Aug 2010   #21
Night Hawk

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

When booting up from the 7 dvd and going into the repair tools, that's a link seen below the Install Now button to enter that section, the present 7 installation is first detected and listed. From that screen you click the next button to go into the 3rd screen and at the top is the startup repair tool.

You might have to reboot and use it a second or third time unless it recovers the boot information and refreshes that on the default boot drive. Once back you can add the XP entry into the 7 boot loader if you want with the EasyBCD program. You will see that mentioned in the guide for installing XP after 7 in Method Two.

And yes certainly feel free to look over the guides here on the Seven Forums! They are quite often found better written when compared to similar ones seen on other sites!

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10 Aug 2010   #22
Microsoft MVP


You seem to be asking how to boot 64 bit Win7 now that you deleted 32 bit Win7 on another partition.

If this is the case, you need to mark Win7 64 bit Active and then run Startup Repair to write the System Active MBR to it.

Boot the 64 bit Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, press Shift F10 to open a Command Box, then type the DISKPART commands given here to mark 64 bit Win7 partition active: Partition - Mark as Active

Now boot back into DVD or REpair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts up: Startup Repair

If you have any questions about these steps, ask back here.

If Win7 will not start up because it has been damaged, do you have files you need to copy out from it before reinstalling?
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