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Windows 7: Changing the System Partition?

09 Nov 2009   #31
gregrocker

 

+1
Don't forget to use Win7 backup imaging to save externally a backup image of your HDD, which makes reinstalls unnecessary since you can boot into the WIn7 installer Repair console and reimage your HDD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes.

Enjoy WIn7!


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10 Nov 2009   #32
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hello again Gregroker,
Well thanks again for the input on the network - I did not get a chance to try it out because tonight I broke it again !!! We left off where I had a good working dual installation.
I did not burn a partition wizard disc unfortunately I installed it on the XP partition I think? Anyway tonight I got everything where I wanted it in Win7 and decided now to copy the win7 partition onto another drive for the ultimate OS bootable backup. So I installed Acronis with Acronis OS selector and created a partition on this other drive and called it "Z". But during the installation of the OS selector the system rebooted and it seems to have left me again in "no mans land"!
When it rebooted a message came up "Starting Acronis Loader...." and it just sits there. I then ran the win7 repair and did it a few times but it did not find a solution apparently, because when I rebooted the Acronis gives me that message again and just sits there. So I successfully restored Win7 back to yesterday and thought that would be the answer - but no - the same thing happened.
So now I booted with my UBCD4win and am able to send this message. I had to resort to Easeus again and it shows me that my Win7 which was on C is now on K!! and Xp has now gone to C instead and the Z partition is now D. what a mix up - I notice Win7 is not active at this time but the Z partition is active although Nothing was copied to it.
I did not try anthing heroic and do any experimenting as yet - so what do you think the next move is? Can I delete the Z partiton ? (it is empty) but obviously the Acronis loader has changed something and is sending me to Z which is why everything is stuck. sigh !!
I will get a good night's sleep though because I can't do this thing right now and I am feeling verrry low right now. (for info: I have 3 sata drives up with 2 and 3 partitions on each)
Thanks for listening to me.
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10 Nov 2009   #33
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

wow I just saw your last post re the imaging disc !!! that would have saved the day right?
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10 Nov 2009   #34
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Greg, sorry Easeus shows the win7 OS drive as F and not K as I said before. Dont know if that makes any difference though.
Thanks see you tommorrow hopefully.
The 3 drives are showing C, E, F for the 1st, I J and K for the 2nd and G H and D for the 3rd.
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11 Nov 2009   #35
gregrocker

 

It sounds like it was booting into the Acronis drive you set up to save your bootable image. It marked itself active and probably set itself to boot first after restarting, then found no image so it hung.

I suggest you mark your Win7 drive active, set it in BIOS to boot first, boot into the Win7 installer (not UBCD) and run Startup Repair 3 times. This will recover the boot to Win7, at least.

Then use the Screen capture utility on Start>programs list to make enough images of your Disk Management map to see the entirety.

edit: I don't know if it will allow you to delete that new active Acronis partition, but if the steps above fail then try to force delete it using Win7 installer Custom>advanced tools or Repair>command line diskpart: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...89(WS.10).aspx Suggest you use Win7 backup imaging to save your image to another HDD.

I will be back on here at around 5 pm PST Wed, so if you need help before that start a new help topic as this one is marked solved.
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11 Nov 2009   #36
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi. Welcome to Dual Boots Anonymous. I'm Greg.

Seems the only thing more popular than Win7 now is getting out of dual boots, each one it's own near-death experience.

Use your second machine to download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable disk.

Boot into PW, right click on Win7 partition and Mark Active.

You can also right click and Move/Resize Win7 to take up the old deleted XP space if you want. Be aware that Moving operations can fail, so you should wait if you aren't fully backed up yet.

When these operations complete, boot into the Win7 installer>Repair my Computer and run Startup Repair 3 times, as it will have multiple issues to fix.

This should solve it as it does for most, however if not we will need a screenshot of the PW disk map: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
Just curiosity, (i read this 3x Startup Repair in a lot of posts) do you mean to run Startup Repair 3 times in a row without booting from the DVD? or do you mean run Startup Repair, reboot, and start it again, this three times?

Best regards,

zx81
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11 Nov 2009   #37
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zx81 View Post
Just curiosity, (i read this 3x Startup Repair in a lot of posts) do you mean to run Startup Repair 3 times in a row without booting from the DVD? or do you mean run Startup Repair, reboot, and start it again, this three times?

Best regards,

zx81
Almost all of the previous command-line boot solutions are automated in Win7 Startup Repair, but when there are multiple issues you have to go back for each additional fix.

When it won't boot into OS after a given fix then just boot back into the Installer Repair console and run it repeatedly until it starts.

It runs dozens of tests and commands (can even rewrite the MBR from scratch) until it finds one that works - but doesn't know if there are more fixes needed until an actual boot attempt.
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11 Nov 2009   #38
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you gregrocker!
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11 Nov 2009   #39
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi Greg, Just checking before i turn in. I can only boot installer from the hard drive unfortunately - Tomorrow I will try to put win7 on a usb stick and see if I can boot from there. Don't know of any other way. I only have cd burner no dvd.
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11 Nov 2009   #40
gregrocker

 

Will Windows 7 OS boot up now?

How about if you mark 7 active?

How about if you force delete the Acronis active partition that borked it all up?

Format your USB stick primary and copy the 7 install files into the root, then find USB in the BIOS boot order shortcut key (f10) under hard drive, or set it to boot first in BIOS.

You can also try getting to a command line to run "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" or if those don't work "Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force".
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