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Windows 7: Dual Boot: Cannot "see" data partition

02 Jan 2010   #11
jlm86

winxp
 
 
Also:

I can boot up on this single disk to XP only, I do see the Dual Boot screen come up, but the Win7 does not load, saying "...cannot find...."


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02 Jan 2010   #12
jlm86

winxp
 
 

I can boot to XP on this single drive, but cannot get to the Win7..I do see the dual boot screen, but the Win7 will say "....cannot find....."
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02 Jan 2010   #13
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

cannot find what?

Does it say this:

“The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.”
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02 Jan 2010   #14
jlm86

winxp
 
 
Wait..mistake

Wait, I got that "..could not find..." when i booted up on the other drive.

With this drive shown, that has the XP/Win 7 os's, it only goes straight to the XP os.

So that means the dual boot .ini is on the other drive liked you said at first. I do have a Boot Manager application, so I could use that to possibly reconfigure (?)

IF i just reinstalled Win7 currently , would this not just add the proper dual boot.ini?

thanks for assistance
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02 Jan 2010   #15
jlm86

winxp
 
 
Boot Loader image

Here is the screenshot of the Boot Loader app that displays....
Seems like things are somewhat amis....


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Dual Boot: Cannot "see" data partition-bootloader.jpg  
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02 Jan 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Suggest you try Easy BCD 2.0 to configure the dual boot from XP.
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02 Jan 2010   #17
jlm86

winxp
 
 
why not just Reinstall win7?

Will a re-install of win7 not do the trick?
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02 Jan 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

EasyBCD or repair install is less trouble.
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02 Jan 2010   #19
jlm86

winxp
 
 
3 files: only on XP os.

The 3 files are ONLY in the root of the C:\ XP os.

My thinking is if i copy them to the F:\ WIN7 os, how does this create the dual boot.ini that is obviously on the other drive the i have disconnected now?

hmmmmm.....

Again, I have that EasyDCD application that SHOULD recreate the Dual Boot environment should it now?
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02 Jan 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

Yes you'll need to install Net Framework 2.0 to run Easy BCD in XP.

Use Easy 2.0 which is automated: Attachment 45297

Confirm the listings are correct by using the Change or Add/Remove tabs if necessary.

I would personally boot Win7 DVD to run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR to Win7, then either add Vista using EasyBCD or run a Repair Install from Win7 to reconfigure the dual boot.

If you don't care about saving Win7 install you have then you could also reinstall.
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