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Windows 7: Bootmgr is missing +other questions

25 Oct 2009   #1
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Bootmgr is missing +other questions

Recently I installed 7 to a small partition on my second hard drive (D: from now on), just to see how well it would run on my old-ish computer (without uninstalling my XP on my first hard drive (C: from now on) yet). Everything seemed to be going well, so I went back and formatted my XP drive, and installed 7 again, thinking I would just format D: after I got 7 installed again.

Well, for some reason, it left the D: installation partition as the system partition, but 7 was booting into the C: installation. However, when it did this, it took the drive letter off of D:, and there wasnt any way I could access it in windows.

Well today, I was trying to free up the space on D: so I could start using it again. I used Paragon Partition Manager to delete D: and then split that hard drive into two logical partitions (E: and F. Everything was fine until I rebooted. I started getting "bootmgr is missing" error.

I put my 7 dvd back in, and tried running the boot repair wizard, no dice. I tried running bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr, still no dice. I tried a few other solutions (bcdedit /rebuildbcd) and still nothing.

So i decided just for "fun" to install 7 onto F: (since i already had some downloaded files in E: from earlier when I first formatted), just to see if I could get into windows and find a solution to the problem. Install goes fine, but now when I get in windows me E: partition isnt assigned a drive letter, and its assigned as the system drive (according to diskmgmt), while F: is the boot drive. Why did it do ANYTHING to E: when I told the install to go on to F:

So, now is there anyway I can fix the bootmgr is missing, and make C: my system/boot partition? And is there some way to access my data that is stuck on E: that doesnt even show up in "My Computer"?


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25 Oct 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

Unless you have a lot of data to back up, the easiest way at this point would be to wipe your entire drive by booting from the Win7 installer and using CUstom advanced tools to delete/create/format. Install and enjoy. Add other logical storage drives as needed.

These Chinese puzzles with multi-boot are nice brain teasers, but we are on our fourth one now today, and they are never easy. Better to reinstall once perfectly since you are just dabbling with trial installs now anyway.
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25 Oct 2009   #3
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

The only way i can think of, is using the windows 7 CD to delete you C, D and F drives, install W7 onto your 1st drive, then once its installed, check My computer, and your old "E" drive will now be either "D" or "E". (not sure if the DVD drives comes first). the reinstall should fix the bootmgr problem. and hopefully render your "E" drive open and useable.
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25 Oct 2009   #4
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh, as soon as I posted i was able to manually add a drive letter to the partition, and access it in windows. My "boot" folder is located on that partition now, and i really dont want to have to format it to get everything working again. Would it be possible to just move that whole folder over to C:, then format the new win7 partition that i installed on a little while ago, and be good to go? or probably not?
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25 Oct 2009   #5
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Im kinda confused, youd like to move your files to the 1st HDD, and format the 2nd HDD?
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25 Oct 2009   #6
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry, I'll just show you what I mean with a picture.

Imageshack - helpme

Ok, in this picture R: (that i don't want to have to reformat and lose the data) and C: are on my second hard drive (i dont have anything on C: but a clean 7 install).

I want to be able to use the 7 install that is on D:, then format C:, hopefully without having to reformat R:


Edit: why is my bootmgr.sys file in my R: partition instead of where windows is installed on C:?
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25 Oct 2009   #7
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Right i see now, one thing before i can give a verdict, when you boot up, do you get an option to boot into the W7 install on the D Drive?
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25 Oct 2009   #8
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No...but if i run bcdedit /scanos it shows up as an installed OS
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25 Oct 2009   #9
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

hmm.
Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

download that, install it.
Go to View Settings, and can you please tell me what it shows.
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25 Oct 2009   #10
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There is one entry in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
Default OS: Windows 7
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows



I want to use D: though
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