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Windows 7: Windows would not boot

23 Sep 2010   #1
Blurg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows would not boot

A little help please

I installed Win 7, dual booted with XP each on its own hard drive.
I ran win 7 for a week, then copied over boot files from xp drive to win 7 drive.
I followed a tutorial on disk partition (do not remember all steps)
I removed XP from the boot menu
I restarted and all was fine.
A few days later I then formatted the XP hard drive.
A week later i restarted the pc cos aero was acting up and got the following message
"No bootable devices-- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility..."

I put my win 7 disc in to repair, get to the console and there is no OS to repair.
I click the locate drivers and can access my two drives, a boot drive and the dvd drive.
I could not find anything related to my sata drives, so I go to the repair options try them all, including start up repair over 3 times.
I then decide to install win 7 to the empty drive, it installs, restarts and sends me to the repair console with an os available.
I repair and on restart have a dual boot of win7 and win 7 ultimate recovered.
I enter the recovered and my first win 7 setup loads.

My question is what next?
I want to get rid of the second Win 7 OS and make sure everything is ok with the original install.


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23 Sep 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Sounds like you need to recover the System MBR back into original Win7.

So that we can help you get it done right this time, please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings, using SNiipping Tool in Start menu. Tell us what is where and what you want to keep.
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24 Sep 2010   #3
Blurg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Greg, the original Win 7 install is on C: Drive, the second install is on the D: Drive.
I want to keep the first OS on the C: Drive and use the D: Drive for storage.


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24 Sep 2010   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Blurg View Post
Thanks Greg, the original Win 7 install is on C: Drive, the second install is on the D: Drive.
I want to keep the first OS on the C: Drive and use the D: Drive for storage.
1) Remove Disk 0 ( New Volume (D 149.01 GB)

2) Replace Disk 0 with ( Disk 1 Local Disk (C 232.88 GB)

3) Do a Startup Repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
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24 Sep 2010   #5
Blurg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, I tried that already, it will not boot when I swap drives.
The error message is "ntldr is missing", a hangover from the XP OS I believe...
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24 Sep 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Reboot into BIOS setup, set DISK1 C as first to boot (after DVD).

Boot Win7 DVD, press Shift F10 at first screen to open a Command Line, type:
DISKPART
LIS DISK
SEL DISK 0 (confirm from list this is unwanted D drive)
LIS PART
SEL PART 1 (for unwanted Win7 partition)
INACTIVE
DELETE PART OVERRIDE (Use this only if you want to delete unwanted Win7 partition now)
SEL DISK 1 (confirm from List this is C drive)
LIS PART
SEL PART 1 (confirm this is WIn7 part)
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Now reboot into DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list for Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If Win7 will not boot after 3 separate repairs, then unplug DISK0 to try repairs again.
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27 Sep 2010   #7
Blurg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks again for the reply,

The Bios menu (Dell) does not allow for selection of Disk 1 over disk 0,
i can select the order in terms of optical drive, hard drive, ide drive and usb drive. That's all.
I have the option to turn off the drive 0 in the Bios
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27 Sep 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Blurg, welcome to Seven Forums!





You may have to disconnect the Disk 0 from the motherboard to get this accomplished.
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27 Sep 2010   #9
Blurg

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I followed the rest of the instructions and got it to boot after removing disk 0 and doing start-up repair 3 times.

I reconnected disk 0 and downloaded EasyBCD and removed the unwanted version of windows from the boot menu.

I'm going to kill the unused drive when I've restarted a few times.

Thanks to Greg and the others for their assistance.
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27 Sep 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad you got it sorted and thanks for the update.
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