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Windows 7: never finishes installation

05 Oct 2010   #11
gripshift

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Would there be any problem extending the Win 7 partition from 100gb to 1tb (out of total 2tb on the disk)? (It appears that this would need to be done before it was made a boot partition.) If not, what is the maximize size for Win 7?


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05 Oct 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

The more modern way with built-in Win7 Backup imaging is to place the User folders (documents, pictures, videos, downloads, etc) on a separate data partition which keeps them safe in case of OS failure: User Folders - Change Default Location You can even set this up so that Vistas user folders access the same data.

Your backup image (which should be stored on another drive) can then be smaller and more compact: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If Win7 ever becomes inoperable you can boot the DVD Repair console to "Recover Using An Image" to the OS partition in 15 minutes, and your data will be safe in its own partition and waiting to use.

You are wise to keep the HD's independent, booting into chosen OS via BIOS boot order menu, or the one-time BIOS Boot Menu accessed by tapping the Dell F12 key at bootup.
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05 Oct 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gripshift View Post
Would there be any problem extending the Win 7 partition from 100gb to 1tb (out of total 2tb on the disk)? (It appears that this would need to be done before it was made a boot partition.) If not, what is the maximize size for Win 7?

It would make more sense to leave it at 100GB for the OS and just create a single partition from the unallocated space to use as a data partition to save all your data, i.e. pics, docs and music then when/if you ever need to reinstall Windows 7 all your personal data will be safe on another partition and will not have to be moved to another partition to be safe before the install.

Have a look at my partition structure for an example, though there's no need to go to this extreme as I have, I just like to compartmentalize.

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06 Oct 2010   #14
gripshift

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you. So far so good.

Little problem - when I removed the Win 7 disk from the optical drive (after doing the 3X boot repair routine) and tried to boot, I get the message:

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Boot from CD:

Boot Mgr is missing

Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart
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When I so restart, I just get the message again. Works OK if I have Win 7 disk in drive, though.

Fix?
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06 Oct 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Set Win7 HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD drive. Test that it boots correctly.

Then boot Vista by tapping the Dell F12 one-time BBS (BIOS Boot Screen) pop-up menu to see that it boots via BIOS.

If there are any further problems, Please post back another screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings with page maximized.
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07 Oct 2010   #16
gripshift

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Win7 HD is set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after DVD drive. I still get the same message ("Boot MGR missing") when I try to boot without the Win 7 disk in DVD drive.

(Of course the BIOS boot sequence points to the entire disk, not just the partition Win 7 is on (one of two partitions on the drive), but I presume as long as it is designated as the boot partition and it is active, it should be OK.)


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07 Oct 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, here's what you need to do as the next step to get this booting right.

From the snip I assume the "Disk 1, partition 1" is the new Windows 7 partition and the one that needs to boot when the PC is started, Correct?

You need to mark the ...

"Disk 0, partition 1"

"Disk 2, partition 1"

as " inactive " using diskpart when booted from the Windows 7 install disk, then exit diskpart and immediately do the at least 3 separate startup repairs with a system restart between each repair to create the boot files to the "Disk 1, partition 1" active partition.

Have a look at my snip below for the commands, if you don't do this all at the same time it will fail.
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07 Oct 2010   #18
gripshift

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thank you. yes, Disk 1, Partition 1 is the subject Win 7 boot partition

by "startup repairs with a system restart between each repair" you mean boot from the Windows 7 install disk, and at the language screen select "Next", and at the next screen select "Repair", then at the next screen select "Startup Repair", correct?
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07 Oct 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gripshift View Post
thank you. yes, Disk 1, Partition 1 is the subject Win 7 boot partition

by "startup repairs with a system restart between each repair" you mean boot from the Windows 7 install disk, and at the language screen select "Next", and at the next screen select "Repair", then at the next screen select "Startup Repair", correct?

Yes, but do the startup repairs "immediately" after you have marked the other partitions inactive and then exit diskpart so there's no interruption in the process; if you interrupt the "all-in-one" process you may well get a fail and have to start all over again.

Do you get what I'm trying to say?


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07 Oct 2010   #20
gripshift

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I ran diskpart from the language screen, selected disks 1 and 2, then selected each disk's 1st partition, then typed "inactive" for each. I then did the repair of Win 7 from the language "Next" screen, then "Startup repair" - 3 times, not actually booting to Win 7 after each, instead going back into the language screen, "Next" and then "Startup repair" after each repair.

I still have the "Boot Mngr missing" prompt trying to boot without the Win 7 disk in the DVD drive, and the disk management screen after this process is the same.
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