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Windows 7: Help Win7 installed on 2 drives and more crazy gone badly wrong

30 Jan 2014   #1

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Help Win7 installed on 2 drives and more crazy gone badly wrong

OK this is complexand complicated... Fortime have had problems with blue screens etc, until today (got a new opticaldrive) couldn't do any thing about it.

5 hours ago I had 3 partitions C: D: E: Partion E: was the largest so I copied all my files onto it, leaving bare bones on the other 2. See some how D: drive had an XP image so needed to format it.

Now C drive was system with all programs etc installed to, D was a small partition with relative small data on and E drive was where I had program installers vids pics etc.

So in goes win7 disk select custom option (I should say before all of this I did do an install without formating any partitions, resulting with a blue screen when had almost finnished installing) and used format option on partitions C: and D:

This guys is where it has gone very very wrong...

Bearing in mind I had just formated C: and D:... At the login I'm presented with 2 logins the one just created and the earlier one, using the new one it opens up to a very basic window, something resembling windows 3.1 in colour etc. Quickly went to look at partitions and there are only two, C & D?

WTF it gets better, somehow the instalation has installed it self over to partitions...

Currently can not show screen grabs as not all set up.

But to say Prog files (x86), Prog Files users and windows is on C: and on D: "8fe2a17156970fca00cf21d4db2b5142" "components" "d1ae67c4513e95b68356" "PerfLogs" "bootsqm.dat" also 2 prog files user and windows.

On C: I have standard files in the folders but on D: I have a whole host in fact all the programs which were originally installed on C: are now archived on D: with the extentions *.7z *.pac *.nexe which are all a result from the installer archiving them?

Every single program I had installed on C: is now on D: Oh and what about my other partition which I never formated? Well the old C: is now the hidden E: the old D: is now C: and the old E: is now D:

I think thats it... Oh no, According to the time when I had installed 1st time was 6 in the future, yet when came to set clock was 3 hours earlier the 2nd install apparently happened 5 hours after the first. Both logins had different times on them but not the day/month/year. Just out of interest when you change the time zone you have GMT now though there is UTC?

I'm sorry this all sound a bit scrambled but it appears I have lost 100 gig of progs and files. Also in my previous life I worked in CBT as a SDE.

My brain is now so frazzled probably get it tomorrow but how can see the now lost partiton, also where or what did I do?

Cheers Guys

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30 Jan 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Since all files should always be backed up externally in case of HD failure, one should always delete all partitions during the booted install. If you have issues then go an extra step to wipe the HD from System Recovery Options Command Prompt using Diskpart Clean Command which resolves most.

If you deleted the first two partitions and made sure that you didnt' touch the data partition then nothing during install could have changed where you chose Win7 to be installed. It might have created a small 100mb System Reserved boot partition at the beginning of the drive which is best just ignored. If you are sure you selected the correct C partition then it should install there unless there are issues which I already mentioned how to resolve.

So what I would do is reboot into the Win7 installer, again delete all but the data partition, create your install partition there using the drive options pictured in steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7 , doublecheck you have the correct partition highlighted, then click Next.

While it is installing look over these steps for doing a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to understand what works best in a Win7 install, and especially how to handle drivers since it is not at all like XP.
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