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Windows 7: Boot Issues

05 Jul 2011   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Razee View Post
I have a problem that is similar to this
Well i Have two HDD-s, one of them has 50gb the other has 500gb space
I have a windows xp installed on the smaller, then I downlaoded a pirated version(sorry:'D)and i installed it on the 500gb HDD but without a normal install disc, I just put the installer files on it and started installing , everything is fine, works properly, but when I try to format the smaller (50gb) HDD I can't it says " the windows cannot complete the formatting", and when I remove it from the pc I can't even start win7 on the other HDD
Is there any possible way to fix this without disk, cuz I don't have any at home, and i need it urgent
thanks in advance
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05 Jul 2011   #12
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To start Win7, mark it's Partition active, remove XP HD, boot Win7 DVD or Repair CD, accept any offered Repair. If Win7 doesn't start, boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until it starts.

Install a legal copy of XP to another HD with Win7 temporarily unplugged. After install, plug 7 back in, set it first to boot in BIOS setup. When you want to boot XP use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.
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