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Windows 7: The partition table does not have a valid system partition

29 Nov 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

So the Detail Partition you ran was on C: which is Disk1, correct?

If so, we now know it is marked Active and should repair using Startup Repair from the booted DVD Repair Console.

However first power down to unplug DISK0 so it doesn't interfere. When you power back up enter BIOS setup to make sure Disk1 is set as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, after your DVD drive.

Now boot the Win7 DVD Repair console, accept any offered repair, if it doesn't start Win7 then boot back in, click through to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts on its own.

Once Win7 starts, power down to plug back in your other HD's and post back a screenshot so we can see what needs to be done further to boot your two OS's via the BIOS boot order or one-time BIOS Boot menu key.


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29 Nov 2010   #12
polorsport

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, I do. I'm just waiting on the extremely slow boot up of my recover/install disk. Takes about 10 min to boot each time
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29 Nov 2010   #13
polorsport

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Ok, so when I only had the c: connected, ran startup repair.

My system has booted normally. Should I continue with the start up repair 3 separate times?

@gregrocker thanks for chiming in. That is correct Detail Partition I ran was on C: which is Disk1.
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29 Nov 2010   #14
gregrocker

 

Not necessary to continue repairs once System boots.

At this point I would plug back in the other HD's and post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

As a test, see if you can boot DISK0 using the one-time BIOS boot Menu key given on first boot screen - which is ESC, DEL or F8 on most Asus mobo's.

The dynamic DISK0 is a concern as it can present complications to repair and booting correctly in a Dual Boot. We'll know better once we see the screenshot.
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29 Nov 2010   #15
polorsport

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Will do will post a screen shot asap.

Connecting the hdd's is a pain in the ass with all the wires.

I really don't want a dual boot if it can be avoided. I noticed I did have a windows folder on both my C: and E: drives and tried to delete windows files I thought where not necessary a few weeks ago. (I had my pc worked on after i had a hardware failure and they left a dual boot months ago)
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29 Nov 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Which Win7 do you want? C which has already started? Is its performance satisfactory now?

If you don't want the other Win7, then once we see the screenshot we can advise you the easiest way to remove it.

Remember not to work on your PC on a carpet due to severe danger of static discharge to mobo. Touch the case each time you reach inside to work.
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29 Nov 2010   #17
polorsport

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I would like to keep the C: drive as my primary drive, everything seems to be working as it should now.

My only concern at this point is Disk 0 or the E: drive. I would like to make it a basic drive, as it is currently dynamic.


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29 Nov 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

Move the data off of Disk0, then convert it to Basic following this: Change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk: Storage Services; Local File Systems

Make sure once you repartition that none of the data partitions become marked Active, as this will derail the System MBR to it during repairs. The repair looks for the first Active partition to write the MBR to.

This is also a good reason to keep your OS HD in DISK0 position - if you swap it remember to set it first to boot in BIOS setup.
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30 Nov 2010   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by polorsport View Post
Yes, I do. I'm just waiting on the extremely slow boot up of my recover/install disk. Takes about 10 min to boot each time
Now the main things appear sorted.
You may want to make a System Repair disk rather than use your only install DVD (which is fine). You can boot from the System Repair Disk and do all the things the people have explained. You can make as many as you want if one gets damaged.

Booting from the system repair disk should only take a couple of minutes.
You go to the Backup & Restore screen and simply select "Create a System Repair Disk"
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30 Nov 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



Good to see you got it running; as Greg said, it would be a good idea to move the Disk #1 C: connector to the SATA1 port on the mobo and set it as first boot device in the BIOS to cut down on the confusion in future.
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