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Windows 7: SFS partition and Windows 7 key?

19 Jan 2011   #1
freshmeat20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
SFS partition and Windows 7 key?

So my windows 7 partition converted to SFS when I installed Ubuntu. I have no way of using Windows on another machine so Im wondering If I can recover it using a usb drive made IN Ubuntu and how would I do this? I tried using unetbootin to make the flashdrive from the recovery ISO but I just get a unetbootin bootloader with a single default selection that loops back to the same menu when I try it. Or is there a way how i can get my key back from the converted partition to reinstall? (I physically lost it)


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19 Jan 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

Convert the partition back from basic to Dynamic using Partition Wizard version 4.2, or buy the newest version in which Dyamic conversion is a paid feature. If Win7 won't start when converted mark its partition Active using PW then from the Disk tab Rebuild MBR.

If Win7 doesn't start up then, boot the Win7 Repair CD (written to flash stick if necessary using Win2Flash) to mark it Active and run Startup Repair until it starts. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then audit the Win7 and all other Product Keys from the HD using Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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19 Jan 2011   #3
freshmeat20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

is there a way I can boot PW with a usb? I have no access to Windows and can't run partition wizard in ubuntu. any suggestions?
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19 Jan 2011   #4
freshmeat20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

bump.
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19 Jan 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate, welcome to Seven Forums!



Partition Wizard Bootable Flash Drive
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19 Jan 2011   #6
freshmeat20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks but that isn't Linux supported? Anything like that I can run in Linux?
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19 Jan 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Booting from BIOS is not OS dependent, so Linux won't affect booting PW or Win7 repair CD or flash stick.

**We need to sort another issue now before going forward with PW boot CD for converting Dynamic to Basic: a User last week reported buying version 5.2 but the free boot disk doesn't have conversion on it any longer. I suggested he call PW Customer service which is included with paid version, but never heard back. We need to hear how this resolved. Suggest you call them before considering buying paid version**
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19 Jan 2011   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

PW Pro 5.2 has dynamic to basic conversion in the windows app.

PW free 5.2 does not.

As far as I know, it is no longer on the boot disc.

Can't remember if it is on the 4.2 boot disc - I expect so.

But 4.2 doesn't recognize Linux partitions.

The other possibility is Paragon - but you would have to buy it.

http://www.paragon-software.com/busi...-professional/
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19 Jan 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

He needs to be able to run Conversion from Linux, or from bootable version on flash stick.

What is non-destructive alternative now for startup failure where Dynamic needs to be converted back to Basic without PW Boot Disk?
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19 Jan 2011   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could try it with a hex editor - it's not for the faint hearted.

Try booting this: New folder - Windows Live


It won't recognize the Linux partitions , - but you should still be able to use it on the dynamic disk
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