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Windows 7: Unable to boot after clean install Win7 Ultimate 64-bit

14 Mar 2012   #1
Commander Turk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Unable to boot after clean install Win7 Ultimate 64-bit

I recently got my pc up and running again with a new MB and CPU i had installed Ultimate 64 from my USB stick as usual installed fine booted to windows no problem

untill i tried to do a chsk dsk on the main drive which then restarted my pc showed me the OS boot information but didn't show the usual chkdsk screen it hanged so i rebooted and decided to re-install

this is where more problems occured, i formated an clean installed again to restart an be greeted with "Reboot and select proper boot device/media and press any key"

i ran the install again to notice that it doesn't make a system reserved partition this is where the boot files are, i have tried three diffrent ISO's with three diffrent USB sticks an also tried on a laptop and everytime it does not make a system reserved partition

i've used the Windows 7 DVD To USB Tool and the CMD guide to making a bootable windows USB like i've done in the past again same results

i'm hoping that my seagate 250GB barracuda isn't becoming faulty could this be the case? i had also updated the BIOS on the MB but it was working fine after that so i don't think that is the issue

Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

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14 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Welcome to SevenForums.

Download SeaTools for DOS | Seagate burn it on to a CD and run the diagnostic tests. That should confirm whether your HDD is OK or not.
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15 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

It is not necessary that the System Reserved Partition must get created when installing Windows 7. It is only created when installing Windows 7 with unallocated space on the hard disk.

What you can perhaps try is to reformat the hard disk in two or three parts. Say 80 gigabytes for C (system volume) Drive and the remaining in say D Drive without leaving any unallocated space. Now try and reinstall Windows 7 on C Drive and the installation shall take place without any hitch and without the System Reserved Partition.

If however you want to have the System Reserved Partition then use the Windows 7 Setup DVD to install Windows 7 on a pristine hard disk. You can have a look at Clean Install Windows 7 in this Forums' Tutorial Section.

If you also want to check the hard disk then you must also carry out the tests prescribed by Jumanji.

Good luck.
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15 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Try writing latest official ISO download to stick using Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu.

Wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector. Partition as desired during install or just click Next to let installer create and format your install partition. Steps illustrated here: Clean Install Windows 7
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15 Mar 2012   #5
Commander Turk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64


I'm going to run sea tools soon

@wanchoo & gregrocker

i tried both your methods came back with the same results as usual, i had an idea that i wanted to try out i booted up HIRENS BOOT DISK via USB there was an option to boot from the pc's hard drive i executed that and it booted to continue with the installation on changing it back to booting from hard drive via the bios it did the same thing again, so i've used the HIREN boot disk method and it boots fine

as i said i'll run seagate tools an see if i come back with anything, if you guys or anyone else has anymore advice or ideas i'm all ears
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15 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Do you have a working cd/dvd drive ? Do you have any operating systems on a disc you can experiment with to see if you can get a working system to rule out bad hardware ?

Make yourself a Partition Wizard bootable CD. It is priceless.
I use PowerIso to make a bootable flash drive, works perfectly.

Use the bootable cd to create your install partition and mark it active so no system reserve partition is created.
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15 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

How many physical Hard Drives do you have?
And you did completly wipe the Hard Drive with Diskpart - clean command like Gregrocker suggested?
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15 Mar 2012   #8
Commander Turk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duzzy View Post
How many physical Hard Drives do you have?
And you did completly wipe the Hard Drive with Diskpart - clean command like Gregrocker suggested?
i followed gregrockers advice i used clean all on that hard drive did a clean install and i get the usual "Reboot and select proper boot device/media and press any key"

I have two hard drives which are both Seagate HD

Main Drive - Seagate 250GB SATA-II Momentus 7200RPM 16MB Cache ST9250410AS

Second Drive - Seagate 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache ST31000528ASAs i said above i can only boot from the hard drive using HIRENS BOOT DISK which is really anoyying.....


I do not have a DVD drive present in this system so i can't make a bootable DVD unless i remove my laptops DVD drive an connect it up and give that ago?

i'm running the seagate tools on both hard drives at the moment, perhaps a firmware update may help, or perhaps the SATA connection on the motherboard is faulty? mind you i do have 6 SATA ports on this motherboard
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15 Mar 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP


Please boot Win7 with both HD's attached and post back a screenshot your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

When you can only boot with a boot disk then you need to repair or rewrite the System boot files to their partition, so we need to see the configuration.

Had you mentioned in your first post that you had two HD's we could have also told you that you need to unplug all but the target HD for install.
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15 Mar 2012   #10
Commander Turk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

There are two REMOVEABLE drives ignore them one is hirens boot disc the other is the usb i used to transfer the below image onto this laptop i'm using

something to add i made a new partition on this laptop and used the USB to install win7 on to it when i restarted it booted up fine and continued install an to the desktop with no issues so we can rule out the USB or install files are corrupt

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