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Windows 7: Partition Missing after installin Win7 Ultimate..plz Help

12 Oct 2011   #1

7 ultimate x86
Partition Missing after installin Win7 Ultimate..plz Help


I used to have Windows XP SP2

I used to have 2 partitions .. C and D .. Where D: was for windows XP

I inserted Windows 7 Ultimate DVD and Formatted D: and Installed Win7 on it

When Computer Starts..It gives me 2 choices...Earlier Windows & Windows 7

If I click on Earlier gives a black screen and I need to restart

If I click on Windows gets me in..but the partition C: which I saved all my files hidden and not showing

I have 500 GB HDD .. and in windows 7 it is showing now only 1 partition with 100 GB

Where is my OLD partition ?? I need my files for God's sake !!!

and what can I do to restore it ? and how do I get rid from having 2 choices for Windows????

PS::: I went to Control Panel..Computer Management..and the OLD partition showed with correct capacity 371GB but its named: Local Disk

How can I use it and show it on My computer ??


Thank u

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12 Oct 2011   #2

7 ultimate x86

I solved it by JUST Clicking on the Missing Drive in Diskmanagement and change its Letter to anything and it showed UP

STILL need the way to get rid of selecting Operating System on Boot...Earlier Windows & Windows 7

How to get rid of "Earlier Windows" which in case u click will give u a black screen ???
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12 Oct 2011   #3

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1) You made your Windows 7 partition a Logical drive.
2) You install to partition 2.
3) Your partition 1 may be the Win XP install.

Add a drive letter to partition 1 & check for your DATA.
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12 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Windows 7 chooses where it wants to place system files and boot files. On a empty drive with no partitions if you chose to create a partition 200gb in size it would create a 100mb partition with no drive letter and a second partition 199.9 GB in size.

The partition had no letter assigned because Windows 7 has placed it boot files on this partition and removed the assigned drive letter. (A hidden file bootmgr and hidden folder boot on your Storage partition will confirm Windows 7 boots files are there.)

It has simply choosen the the 1st partition on the drive which I assume would have already been the active partition where XP's boot files would have been located. Check the drive for the file ntldr, this will comfirm this and why the boot menu gives the option for 'Earlier Windows' and the black screen because XP no longer exists.
Normally Windows is installed on the first primary partition and user/backup files on following partitions (excluding multi boot systems).

Remove the option for 'Earlier Windows'
Open a cmd prompt (Open Start menu and type cmd, open cmd.exe).
Type "bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f".
Restart to verify.

Before formatting your Storage partition or deleting files
Remember the boot files exist on drive on your Storage partition so if you format or delete them then your computer won't boot. If you ever want to format do some research first or post back on the forums for help.
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12 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


What OS was on the first Partition - you dont' say in your post? It should still be there and booted by the "Earlier" Menu choice. If there's no OS there you wanted to save, then that's where I would have installed Win7 (for faster reads) after moving data to D.
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12 Oct 2011   #6

7 ultimate x86

Hello guys and thanks for ur posts

Now I just want to Remove the message that asks me to choose how to boot?

Earlier Windows
Windows 7 & Counting 25 seconds


If I choose the Earlier does nothing..Just a black screen appears..

I used to have Windows XP SP3 on D: and my storage partition named C:

and NOW .. I have Windows 7 Ultimate On C: 94GB NTFS and my storage partition name was ReNAMED to A: 371 GB NTFS and UnAllocated 9MB

So what can I do now to get rid of the message that comes to me when booting asking which windows to go for ??

Another question : If I do just like (DUZZY) said , "bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f". Does this Formats C: or what does it really do ?????????????
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12 Oct 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP


We use automated methods here which are easier for users than line commands:

Install EasyBCD (earlier versions are still free) to Delete the listing on Edit Boot Menu tab: EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies.

This edits the BCD rather than just hiding the entry as can be done from Computer>Properties>Advanced Options>Startup.

I would change your Storage partition letter to another besides A. You can also not delete that partition as your System boot files were placed there. We can help you move the System boot files to Win7 partition if needed.

It is strange you would have a Boot Menu configured during the install of Win7 if there was no OS on the first partition. Was there ever one there?
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12 Oct 2011   #8

7 ultimate x86

Would BCD programs affect any of the partitions or delete any files ??????????

Plz confirm


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12 Oct 2011   #9

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12 Oct 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP


EasyBCD will only remove the Earlier Version from the BCD which is not booting anyway.

I would strongly consider reinstalling after backing up your files externally, then delete all partitions during install and create new as you wish following these illustrated steps: Perfect Reinstall

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