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Windows 7: Boot Drive changed to D:

15 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again AjayK47.





Glad to see you found a solution and thanks for the update.


FWIW, a majority of the people that frequent these forums don't put much trust in the Windows based backup program.


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15 Sep 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

I keep our home computers backed up using Win7 backup imaging saved to an external HD with a copy in a primary partition on HD if there's room.

About monthly I drag and drop active User files to the computer's folder on external.

The image can be kept in the folder but needs to be moved into root of external to be discovered when reimaging from Win7 DVD or Repair CD.

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I have had no problems with Win7 backup imaging so far, and have Acronis which I use to back up XP and Vista installs. Have not had to migrate to Macrium as others have done for a little more flexibility.
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16 Sep 2010   #13
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again AjayK47.

Glad to see you found a solution and thanks for the update

FWIW, a majority of the people that frequent these forums don't put much trust in the Windows based backup program.
I think I spoke too soon.

Turned on computer this morning and all initially well. Came back into room about half an hour later to find a black screen with white writing on saying:

"Phoenix Rom Bios Plus Version 1.10 A07
Copyright 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies Ltd
Copyright 1990-2006 Dell Inc

Dell DXP051 Series
Bios Version A07

Drive 0 not found : Serial ATA, SATA - 0
Strike the F1 key to continue
F2 to run the setup utility"

I did neither but just switched off and rebooted when I was asked if I wanted to boot windows normally or in safe mode etc.

I chose boot normally and now all ok again (for now).

What is going on - Could one of my hard drives be on its way out?

Help appreciated.
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16 Sep 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

Enter BIOS setup to see if drive is detected there.

If not check cables, replug, try another HD.

If so, boot the maker's diag/repair CD scan which will autostart to attempt to repair HD. Then run Disk Check.
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17 Sep 2010   #15
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

All drives detected properly in the BIOS. Have checked all cables and they are fine. Also run the comprehensive "Long Test" on "Seatools for DOS" Seagate utility which detects no errors on either of the hard drives.

As I said in previous post after getting the error I described and rebooting everything worked fine again. It was just a bit worrying having had the problems that originally caused me to start this thread that I should suddenly get that error.

Hopefully it is a one off but any other suggestions welcome.

Both hard drives are about 5 years old.
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17 Sep 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

"Both hard drives are about 5 years old."





It's probably way past time to replace them.
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17 Sep 2010   #17
AjayK47

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I am indeed thinking of replacing them. The only thing I need to be careful of is that the hard drives in my Dell Dimension 9150 are held in place within a blue plastic cradle / surround. To remove each drive you you unclip and slide the whole cradle out. The drive can then be removed from within the cradle.

I therefore need to know that any new SATA drive I purchase is going to fit ok within this existing cradle / mount from a size perspective.

Has anyone come across this situation with a Dell desktop before?
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17 Sep 2010   #18
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If they accept the 3.5" standard Hard Disk Drive there should be no issue.
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17 Sep 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Run Check Disk (chkdsk) from Command Line on booted DVD.

Next unplug all other HD's, make sure Win7 HD is set to boot first in BIOS setup, Then use these DISKPART commands to see if it sees DISK0 and that 100mb System Reserved partition is still marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Then Boot Win7 DVD Repair console or REpair CD, click through to Recover Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails, boot back into Command Line to mark Win7 partition Active, next mark SysReserved partition Inactive, then run Startup Repair again 3 times with reboots.

If this fails, do you still have the clone on the other HD and would you want to try to start it up? If so, plug only it in, set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, mark it Active and run Startup Repair three times with reboots to see if it will start up.
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