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Windows 7: Windows 7 freezes after upgrade install

11 Apr 2010   #11
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

Hi again,

So I followed your instructions to deep clean the HD by way of repair my computer, scroll down to command line and typed your instructions as follows:

DISK PART (ENTER)
LIST DISK (ENTER
SELECT DISK NUMBER (here I entered the letter/number combination I wrote down earlier stated after DISK 0 PARTITION 2:, which I think refered to the windows 7 HD number you told me to enter at this point. Partition 1 was toshiba system and partition 3 was HDD recovery)

After typing in as follows SELECT DISKS3A7215D006, it bought up a menu with a bunch of options. None of the options stated CLEAN ALL (there was one option that just said CLEAN) so I typed CLEAN ALL and it said 'no disk selected invalid request' and returned back to the DISK PART prompt again. I tried various different ways of typing it to get it to work but to no avail. Am releuctant to keep messing with it as I am nervous about doing something damaging.

I really like the idea of doing a deep clean if possible but not sure how necessary it is. Can I use the formatt option from drive tools to do something similar?

I'm sure that I am probably just doing something wrong that will be obvious to you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks again.


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11 Apr 2010   #12
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks again!
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11 Apr 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

You need to use the LIST DISK results to determine the correct HD, then SELECT DISK # inserting the correct HD number in place of #

Once you have the correct disk in focus, type CLEAN ALL to zero the HD

Partition numbers are not involved here because you are cleaning the entire HD.
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11 Apr 2010   #14
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

Hi Greg,

Thanks so much for your reply. O.K...here's where I might sound a little over cautious but I need to be sure.
On the 1st partition of my HD there are what look like, toshiba system files. If I clean my entire HD (all 3 partitions), will it not remove basic toshiba functions/data information that I need to operate my laptop at the most basic level (BIOS etc).
Also, where do I find the windows HD number u r refering to when I proceed with this?

Thanks

Liv
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11 Apr 2010   #15
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

F.Y.I...all the other instructions/links u have refered me are extremely useful and easy to follow, it's just this initial bit I'm confused about!
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11 Apr 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Hi Liv -

I understand your concern about the first partition. I always wipe all partitions to get the cleanest slate - after first making the Recovery Disks, which can restore the HD to factory condition. Almost all functions of these partitions are disabled after Win7 install, and some of them can even block install.

However if you want to save that first partition until you become more familar with what tools it might still make available after Win7 install, then I suggest you use a more user-friendly partitiion manager with a graphics interface so you can see a picture of what you are doing. We recommend free Partition Wizard bootable CD as best for Win7.

Boot Partition Wizard, allow files to load, select 1 for screen res, rightclick whichever partitions you want to clean and select Wipe Partition to apply as many zeroes as you can wait out.

Check the partition(s) you decide to save to see if any are marked Active. You will want to right click those to Modify>Set Inactive as this would mess with install.

Now boot the WIn7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Tools (Advanced) to create a New Partition and format before install. After install, check optional Windows Updates for newer drivers, then find any missing drivers or favorite apps on your computer maker's Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Take time to install programs so you can see how they affect performance. I wouldn't let any get into your msconfig>Startup list unless you absolutely need them when you startup. I only allow AV, gadgets and StikyNotes here.

I always finish up by running flawless, state-of-the-art CCleaner "Run Cleaner" and Registry tab, and the free Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers.

When you have it running as you like, save a Win7 Backup Image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD (or replacement) using the DVD or Repair CD.
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11 Apr 2010   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by livichops View Post
Hi again,

So I followed your instructions to deep clean the HD by way of repair my computer, scroll down to command line and typed your instructions as follows:

DISK PART (ENTER)
LIST DISK (ENTER
SELECT DISK NUMBER (here I entered the letter/number combination I wrote down earlier stated after DISK 0 PARTITION 2:, which I think refered to the windows 7 HD number you told me to enter at this point. Partition 1 was toshiba system and partition 3 was HDD recovery)

After typing in as follows SELECT DISKS3A7215D006, it bought up a menu with a bunch of options. None of the options stated CLEAN ALL (there was one option that just said CLEAN) so I typed CLEAN ALL and it said 'no disk selected invalid request' and returned back to the DISK PART prompt again. I tried various different ways of typing it to get it to work but to no avail. Am releuctant to keep messing with it as I am nervous about doing something damaging.

I really like the idea of doing a deep clean if possible but not sure how necessary it is. Can I use the formatt option from drive tools to do something similar?

I'm sure that I am probably just doing something wrong that will be obvious to you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks again.
Livichops,
Do not get creative. Use the numbers shown by the DiskPart commands such as List Disk or List Volume or List Partition

Please follow the procedure given here precisely, noting that you must use the disk number shown by diskpart and also diskpart is spelled as one word.

Wipe a disk clean

type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 0

type Select disk 0, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
type EXIT, Enter key (only after Clean is finished)
type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)
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11 Apr 2010   #18
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

Hi Greg,

O.K, I've burnt the iso and I'm going to give the partition wizard a whizz (ha ha).

The reason I'm so cautious is because I am unsure whether the 3 recovery disks the Geek Squad guys gave me contain the basic toshiba system information or whether they are vista specific, which not enable me tp recover any info I may erase. When I earlier looked at the properties of these mysterious recovery discs I was greeted with a bunch of files and folders in an I.T language that quite frankly may as well have been written in klingon for all I could understand!

I just used my last spare disc to burn the partition wizard so if I get stuck after using that, I might just try to start from the custom/clean install point and try formatting and re-installing from there following your previous link.

I'll let you know what happens....

Thanks again for sharing your massive well of knowledge and let's not forget your patience!

Liv
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11 Apr 2010   #19
livichops

windows 7 upgrade as stand alone 64bit
 
 

Hi Karlsnooks,

As mentioned before, my concern is deleting the toshiba system partition and damaging basic files I may need to get my laptop to work on a very basic level. In partition 1 it looks like there maybe toshiba system files that are needed.
Of course I would like to do the easiest/fastest way but my primary concern at the moment is this particular partition because I don't know what it contains or if I can restore it after deletion. This is why Greg has suggested the partition wizard.

Thanks for your instructions on HD deep cleaning but doing a zero clean makes me a bit nervous at this point.

Liv
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11 Apr 2010   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by livichops View Post
Hi Karlsnooks,

As mentioned before, my concern is deleting the toshiba system partition and damaging basic files I may need to get my laptop to work on a very basic level. In partition 1 it looks like there maybe toshiba system files that are needed.
Of course I would like to do the easiest/fastest way but my primary concern at the moment is this particular partition because I don't know what it contains or if I can restore it after deletion. This is why Greg has suggested the partition wizard.

Thanks for your instructions on HD deep cleaning but doing a zero clean makes me a bit nervous at this point.

Liv
Very understandable. When I first starting using Win7 back in the pre-RC days, I had the same worries.

Since then, now that I know that Win 7 is the best thing since sliced bread,
i have:
Used DiskPart to truly wipe drive clean.

I now have no Vista recovery partiton. I have a clean system with two and only two partitons, one for Win 7 boot and system, and the other I use for data storage.

Important to know is that I have and use as my Workhorse system, a Toshiba Satellite laptop.

Toshiba has, for many, many moons been my favorite manufacturer of laptop computers.

You will never need that old Vista restore partition.
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