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Windows 7: How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?

14 Oct 2014   #1

How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?

Hello Windows Seven Forums,

I have read plenty of forums trying to solve my current issue and it appears this community is the most knowledgeable and friendly. Therefore, I figured a post might actually be worth it before I give up on this.

Quick Story:
I was connecting remotely to my desktop at home as I normally would and suddenly I noticed the connection seemed slow, eventually it got stuck and disconnected (randomly). When I got home I noticed my desktop was on but stuck on a black screen with a blinking underscore. I restarted my machine and have not been able to boot into my Windows 7 ever since.

This is relating to a WD Black Drive - 1TB and Win7 64-bit installed on it.

What I have done:
- I began by reseating the RAM and all the power/data connections.

- I eventually got a "BOOTMGR is Missing" display so I googled on how to fix this

- I've used the Win7 install DVD to try and repair but the OS will not pick up (so I googled how to fix that)

- I created a system repair disc and tried to see if it would work like that, still would not pick up the Win7 OS but I was able to reach the System Recover Options. I tried to run Bootrec.exe tool and the steps suggested on this post Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot . I was unsuccessful due to files not being found.

- I removed the HDD and connected it to laptop to see if I can access data and to check disk management but I was not able to see the drive (never loaded) so I read on here to use PW to make sure partition is active and assign letters to partitions. I did that and was able to get the drive to show up on "My Computer" on my laptop but I was not able to access the partitions, it kept asking me to format them, which I did not.

- I tried to see if the drive would pick up from a Linux Mint LiveCD ... did not pick up so I couldn't even try to get my data out that way.

- I installed a fresh copy of Win7 onto a 60 gb SSD and bought a new WD Black 1TB hard drive to use as a data drive.

- To my surprise I was able to see the old HDD once I connected it via USB so I tried to take ownership of the the user folder and was successful. Only thing is that it will not let me take ownership of the "Desktop", "Documents", "Pictures" etc folders. I do see that my data is still on the drive, which makes me a bit happier although I cannot transfer it out. At this point, I'm tired and I just want to get my data out and put into the new HDD.

Well, great news! For the first time in 1 week I am able to see my old HDD on the Disk Management and I noticed something rather alarming but may lead towards a solution, finally.

How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?-diskmanagement.jpg

My old drive (not booting) is Disk 2, which shows (2) partitions.
Partition F: is suppose to be where my system files/boot info is stored (to my understanding) and is suppose to show as System, Active, Primary Partition (like Disk 1).
Partition E: is suppose to be where my Win7 is located with my data (to my understanding) and is suppose to show as Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.

As you can see from the screen shot, that's not the case. This might be why it is not booting?

Disk 1: is my 60 gb SSD which I have a new Win7 installation on
Disk 0: is the new WD 1 TB HDD being used as a data drive

What I would like to do (if possible):
I would like to fix the F: partition so that it has the correct required files to boot the E: partition AND to also fix the E: partition so that it can properly boot once F: is back to normal. I have read that it might be possible to just combine all that is needed to boot into one partition which I would assume to be E: in my case.

I have about 200 gb of data that I use almost on a daily basis and need to get this system back up like before or get the data transferred out of that drive.

This is my last hope and I'd be extremely grateful if anybody can assist me in providing a solution.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I am confused. You apparently have a running system on the SSD (disk1). On disk2 you have neither a bootmgr nor an OS. This disk looks like the remains of an old installation.

Is the problem to get at data that is on E ?? That should be easy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #3


The System Reserved partition on the old HD has gone RAW or ruined. But the OS partition may still be intact so you can try browsing to it now to rescue your files.

If not boot into your Win7 disk to Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console to another HD or external.

Test this Hard Drive with WD Data Lifeguard bootable flash stick or Windows version Extended test.
Then run a full Disk Check on the old Win7 partition.

If the drive tests OK, delete the System Reserved partition on it in Disk Mgmt, create a new Primary NTFS partition there labeled System Reserved, mark it Active, power down to move the HD back to the original machine. Boot the Win7 disk or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and the System Reserved wears the System flag. Later remove the System Reserved drive letter.

Let us know how this goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Oct 2014   #4


whs: Yes, I have a clean install on Disk 1 and Disk 2 is my old drive I am trying to get back to normal (booting into windows) or transfer my data out of it. I will try the things gregrocker listed.

gregrocker: I am able to browse the drive enough to get into

Users > luiggi

and I am able to see all the folders listed under my user but I only able to take ownership of the My Pictures folder. I am able to see the files in that folder but the windows explorer starts to "not respond" when I try to transfer out files. Other than that, I cannot take ownership of the main folders that have my data the "Desktop" and "Documents".

I will give everything you listed a try and post back results, thanks for the quick reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would use a live Linux CD or this stick to transfer the files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #6



I tried to do Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console it shows me the partitions but it does not allow me to access them. When I click the partition it just stays greyed out.

I also tried the WD extended test and unfortunately it states too many bad sectors then the test failed.
How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?-badsectors.jpg
I have not proceeded to do a disk check yet. I will try to do a disk check and attempt to recover bad sectors and post update after.

whs: Thanks for your post, I'll give this a shot if I am not successful with gregrocker's post.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #7


The definitive test to know if your HD is failing for sure is the Data Lifeguard bootable flash stick Extended test. This will rule out any false positives in the Windows DL test, since your SMART is passing.

If it fails during bootable media test then I would not trust the drive again.

You should have already backed up your file before doing the test as it can spur the drive to fail totally.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #8


Now it is not displaying disk/partitions when I go into "My Computer"
How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?-mycomputer.jpg
so I proceeded to check if disk management was picking up the drive and it shows as unknown unallocated disk
How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?-unallocated.jpg
so I proceeded to see if PW was picking it up and this is what I got
How do I get my system partition to normal and get Win7 to boot again?-pw00.jpg
I did notice that it shows what is suppose to be the system reserved as NTFS (it was RAW before). When I used PW before I just assigned the partitions drive letters and the machine usually picks it up like that but should I be trying something else like the "Partition Recovery Wizard" or "Rebuild MBR" option? How do I make the status be System on the Win7 partition of Disk 3 in PW?

Sorry for so many screen shots, figured it's the easiest way to convey what I'm talking about without confusion. Any help/suggestion would be appreciated.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2014   #9


Screenshots are always helpful.

I hope you rescued your files first as listed because the disk appears to be failing.

Partition Recovery Wizard only undeletes partitions but you can try it.

I told you how to confirm the drives condition
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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