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Windows 7: Retrieving data from old system drive

07 Mar 2011   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd wait for more input to this thread.

You may have to do a "repair install" with the Windows disc.

Or search this forum's tutorials or google for how to make a partition active when you can't readily boot to that disc. I don't use the "system reserved" partitions, so my active partition is C.

I have little doubt you can get out of the problem, but I wouldn't jump into anything right now, pending further input.


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07 Mar 2011   #12
NikD

Win 7 Professional x64
 
 

OK, I'll wait it our a bit and see if any one else has any suggestions, then I'll try using my Windows disk to do a repair.

Thanks, Nik
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07 Mar 2011   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Here's a tutorial on how to do it with diskpart command. You have to be able to get to a command prompt.

Set Active Partition - Tutorial

You can also find diskpart tutorials on this forum.
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07 Mar 2011   #14
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Here is the tutorial from this site:

DISKPART : At PC Startup

You should be able to get to diskpart by using your install disc and hitting Shift F10 at the language screen.

When you get to diskpart enter help /? to see a list of switches.

You will need the active switch and the inactive switch.

I think the list command will show your partitions. Be careful to choose the right one. Use select command to move among partitions.

You have to make sure you have chosen the system reserved partition on the new drive and then set it to active.

Then set the system reserved partition on the old drive to inactive.

Then exit, remove the install disc, and reboot.

You can always go back to diskpart a second or third time.
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07 Mar 2011   #15
NikD

Win 7 Professional x64
 
 

Managed to do it using windows repair *phew*! might leave it for now and have another crack tomorrow, it's getting late here in Australia. Thanks for all your help!

Peace, nik
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