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Windows 7: Scandisk - Black screen/Safe Mode hanging

20 Apr 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Boot into Win7, type Disk Management in Start Search box, maximize window.

Open Snipping Tool in Start Menu, choose Rectangular Snip, surround Disk mgmt drive map with listings, save Snip.

Attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

Do you get a Win7 Dual Boot Menu to choose OS, or are you booting via BIOS Boot menu or Boot order?


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21 Apr 2011   #12
ConMac

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP SP3
 
 

Thanks for the instructions, I'll do that tonight when I get home from work. I choose from the Win7 dual boot menu the OS to boot into. If after 30 seconds an OS in not selected, Win7 boots by default.
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21 Apr 2011   #13
ConMac

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP SP3
 
 
Disk Mgmt as Requested

My system hasn't frozen up recently, but I still can't see Win7 in the WinRE. What could be causing this? Something else I just recalled, I also can't install SP1, I got that TRUST_E_NOSIGNATURE (0x800b0100) error message. I tried the System Update Readiness Tool for Win7 forx64, but that didn't help. Last week while I was installing other Win7 updates, my internet connection went out and not all of the updates installed correctly (SP1 wasn't among them though), and I did a Restart instead of a Shutdown. Now I can't download and install any other updates as well (error code 800B0100). Could any of these be the cause of my problems? Thanks again!


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21 Apr 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

Drive map? I see only listings.

You have two XP's and two Win7's booting off of the XP D partition which could be problematic.

But we are unable to see the disk layout and number of HD's due to lack of the requested Drive map, so please post it back along with any discrepancies about it showing 2 XP's and 2 Win7's.
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21 Apr 2011   #15
ConMac

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP SP3
 
 
Drive Map

Sorry about that. My first time using the Snipping Tool. Win7 an XP are on the smaller 2 partitions.


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21 Apr 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

You are booted into the Win7 which shows in the screenshot as C. XP is showing as D, holding the System boot files for both OS's.

If you'll install EasyBCD 2.02 and post back a screenshot of it's front listings, we can see what partitions are actually on the Boot Menu, likely C and D. It's doubtful the smaller partitions are even added to the boot menu unless you did it pro-actively and see them now when you boot up.
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The cleanest method to boot when you have separate HD's is via the BIOS. This method keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please.

You would need to mark Win7 Active in XP Disk Mgmt, then power down to unplug XP and set Win7 first HD to boot in BIOS, boot the Win7 DVD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times until Win7 boots on its own.

Then when you plug back in XP HD, boot it using Asus F8 one-time BIOS Boot menu key.
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22 Apr 2011   #17
ConMac

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP SP3
 
 

It's interesting, because before I started having these issues, I had to use the WinRE to bring back some restore points when my system was hanging up with some OC'ing issues, and I could see Win7 in the WinRE. I used two or three restore points only a few weeks ago, now I can't get them from WinRE, nor can I can see Win7.

So you're saying after I mark Win7 active in XP Disk Mgmt, power down and physically unplug the XP HD, power it up again, and set the Win7 HD to boot first after the DVD drive, then Startup Repair with Win7 install DVD 3 times until it boots on its own. Then plug the XP HD back in and boot into it with F8. Do I arrow down in the Boot Manager until XP is highlighted then hit F8?

Using F8 (Advanced Options), which option is the "one-time BIOS Boot menu key"? Is it "Start Windows Normally"?

When you say that the cleanest way to boot with 2 HD's is via the BIOS. Do you mean using the Boot Manager?

Do you still want to see the EasyBCD screenshot of the front listings before I do all these steps? Thanks, I really do appreciate the help!
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22 Apr 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Yes, use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu which is F8 on most Asus', ESC or DEL on others.

Once you set it up to boot via the BIOS, if you still get a Win7 Dual Boot menu, remove it by deleting the other OS using EasyBCD 2.02 on Edit OS tab, or in msconfig>boot.
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22 Apr 2011   #19
ConMac

Windows 7 64-bit and Windows XP SP3
 
 

So I select "Start Windows Normally" after hitting F8 to boot into XP the first time. If I remove the Win7 boot manager, how will I select which OS to boot into? Would it be possible to post a screenshot of what I will be looking at once I make these changes? Thanks again!
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22 Apr 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

You should have a menu of bootable hardware devices to choose from on F8, ESC or DEL keys at bootup.

First let's see which of the four installed OS's showing in your screenshot (you can see there are four, correct?) are booting. Install EasyBCD 2.02 and post back a screenshot of the front listings page.
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