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Windows 7: Hard Drive with MBR Failed; how do I get main installation working?

11 Jan 2013   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try it yourself. Safest thing to do:
  • Mark the current ACTIVE partition INACTIVE
  • Do a startup repair

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11 Jan 2013   #12
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It's rarely an issue where no partition is marked Active. In fact it isn't until toward the end of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start that a step is given to check the Active flag is on SysReserved (preferred) or C before running 3 Repairs, then move it to the other to try 3 repairs again - all a last resort.

In rare cases if something is blocking repair of Active partition this can be circumvented by writing the System boot files to another partition - even a freshly constructed SysReserved partition - using Startup Repair x3 - all last resorts.
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 Hard Drive with MBR Failed; how do I get main installation working?

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