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Windows 7: Win 7 Startup Repair does not see OS

07 Aug 2016   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Win 7 Startup Repair does not see OS


I've been trying all sorts of things for the past 2 days but I just can't figure it out on my own.
My PC crashed to a blue screen and on startup gave the "Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" error.
I used my USB with a recovery tool for windows 7 and booted up via the USB.
At the Windows Recovery screen I press [Next] after selecting my language etc and then press 'Repair computer'
This activates an automatic pop-up which finds an issue with my windows which when pressing next gives me "failed to save startup options" and there is no Operating System listed.
I then followed Option Two of [THIS Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times] tutorial.
Only when doing so, when I run the Startup Repair I get a message saying (And I'm paraphrasing);

Cannot repair windows automatically
Problem event name: Startup repair offline.
03: unknown
04: 0
05: unknown
06: 1
07: unknown

Even when doing this 4 times, which I doubt helped, I get the same message.
I've tried many other options (bootrec.exe etc) but they all result in the recovery tool not finding an Operating system, which is (as far as I can see) clearly installed on the C: drive.

I have 3 drives, (c: and d:) and the third drive isn't connected anymore since I thought this might be the cause of the problem.
When first checking my Hard Disk drives I found that there was now a drive called System Reserved (C:) with only 100MB, and my Original (C:) drive was now (D:), and the (D:) was now (E:)
Only when I disconnected the now DATA (F:) drive (Which has all my pictures, movies, video's but no programms installed) I noticed everything going back to normal (No System Reserved, and the orignal C: was C: again)

I would love to just fix this problem instead of formatting everything and doing a clean install.
Thanks in advance, I wouldn't mind giving any information needed to fix this problem, just ask.

Kind Regards,

Oh I almost Forgot to mention/ask I get the "S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad" which I assume means my Hard Drive is about to die. Since I have 3 drives, I have no clue which one is actually dying (I assume it's the one with windows installed but still) Can I make one of the 2 other drives the "main drive" and install Windows on one of those to still have a working pc?

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07 Aug 2016   #2

windows 7 Ultimate X64

Try putting ur USB intona 3.0 port. I remember a few months ago I had similar problem and went on about a month trying to fix it and a youtube comment suggested that it really worked

If you wanna find out what your partitions(disks) do you can go to cmd prompt and type diskpart and then type list disk and it should show where the OS is currently installed
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07 Aug 2016   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kolby View Post
Try putting ur USB intona 3.0 port. I remember a few months ago I had similar problem and went on about a month trying to fix it and a youtube comment suggested that it really worked
It's already in a 3.0 port, thanks for your input though.
The os is installed on the second partition (Which is why the driver is also called "Win7")
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08 Aug 2016   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

Hi, I would say that your SMART bad reading is from your "C" drive.
The "System Reserved" and the "OS drive" are physically the same drive and your "System Reserved" is your MBR this tells the system where your OS and disk partitioning is for the purpose of booting.
Your bad sectors are in the MBR I.E. the "System Reserved" and hence the reason why you can no longer boot to Windows.
To the layman you can not copy or clone this operating system to another drive because you will copy the corrupt "System Reserved" sector.
A new install of Windows to a new drive would be your best bet and now is your chance to install an SSD as your OS drive and improve your PC's speed.
Your second problem about the drive letters changing when you plug in the Data drive I would say was caused by your attempt at a repair and the "X" drive was created and now has conflicting information about Boot parameters.
I would suggest that a deletion would be all that would be needed but please acquire others input as I am not 100% sure.
The original "System Reserved" should be the only partition that is marked Active.
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