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Windows 7: Reinstallation of Windows the best solution?

20 May 2011   #21

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Next time you have issues with your disks,
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

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20 May 2011   #22
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

What you are doing is correct, you created the System Reserved using this method from Step Two #3 in this tutorial.
Note   Note

If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition ...

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

The only thing that needs done now that the SysResv is marked Active is to run the 3 separate startup repairs with separate restarts to create the SysResv as the "System" partition as discussed in this tutorial at the link below.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

As it does not currently have a drive letter and this (startup repair) process will not issue it one, that's no concern at this time.
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20 May 2011   #23

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Unfortunately his 200MB partition is already active and the OS/Boot partition is System. He also appears to be booting ok.
If this is the case then it's seems a bit odd. The BIOS is going to the Boot sector on the active 200MB then jumping across to boot files on the C: partition.

So I would look for a bootmgr and BOOT folder on C: and delete them if present. (You need hidden and system files visible). This should render the PC unbootable.
Then with the 200MB still active run system repair x3.
Then hopefully the 200MB will become System, active. It should then contain the bootmgr and the BOOT folder containing the BCD.
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20 May 2011   #24
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mjf, those are good points I also thought about, thanks for the input.
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