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Windows 7: I aligned my partitions and botched Windows Recovery!

28 Jan 2010   #31
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Wait. What if I made an image with the WRONG alignment? Does an image include the alignment? Is the WRONG alignment inside the image now?

But, as of right now, I don't care too much. I just need to get this image on my drive! Oh the hours I had put into this system....hopefully not down the drain.


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28 Jan 2010   #32
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

if the image contains an improper alignment then it would mess up a proper alignment if you were to use it I think if i were you i would wipe the drive and start over let the install disk do the alignment set everything up the way you want an crate a new image based on the but that's just me
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28 Jan 2010   #33
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
if the image contains an improper alignment then it would mess up a proper alignment if you were to use it I think if i were you i would wipe the drive and start over let the install disk do the alignment set everything up the way you want an crate a new image based on the but that's just me
lol....well, no offense, but a couple months of data is on this image. :/

Not to mention the hours of tweaking. I know a lost cause when I see one, but all in all, this image needs to get onto my hard drive one way or another. Forget alignment: at the moment, I care more about getting the image. I'll align next time when I have at least three images from three different programs, but for now: Windows VHD image...on the hard drive.

~Ibrahim~
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28 Jan 2010   #34
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just as a reminder. This how you can align the SSD with cmd:

1 once the elevated cmd window is open type diskpart

2 list disk

3 select disk X with X being the number given for your ssd

4 clean

this destroys all partition/volume data on the disk.

5 create partition primary align 64

6 active

7 exit
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28 Jan 2010   #35
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Cool, thanks. And by doing so, this will stop Recovery Environment from being installed on the hard drive for those who don't want it.

Issue is that if you paste the image, it does a reformat which I assume would kill this alignment. :/

Created a thread over at some Microsoft forums, see if I can get any help there.

Also tried creating the recovery partition on a different jump drive: same issue, DEFINITELY the image has some issue.

~Ibrahim~
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28 Jan 2010   #36
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Found someone with my EXACT issue!

Full Windows 7 Image restore - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

I made my setup exactly like his. Wiped the drive (lol), put a Vista restore environment image on my jump drive, and tried again.

STUPID ERROR IS STILL THERE.
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28 Jan 2010   #37
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Holy crap. I should have Google'd the TEXT of the error, not the error code!

"The Windows PC Restore Option Failed"

Found results instantly. This is the code you need for force a backup:

wbadmin start recovery -version:12/23/2007-05:59 -itemtype:volume -items:c: -backuptarget:h: -recoverytarget:c:


Change version and C/H to what yours are....currently at 7% copy. We'll see if this actually does something, LOL.


~Ibrahim~
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28 Jan 2010   #38
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

All right, guys, don't bail on me yet.

It restored the files! And Recovery Environment recognizes the OS! w00t! But, we're not there yet. When I boot, it does POST and then it sits at a blinking cursor indefinitely (waited 1 hour, still blinking).

I ran startup repair which tried something and told me to restart. I did, same thing. I looked at the log, here is the issue:

Repair Action: Partition table repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
Time taken = xxxxxxx ms

What now? :/ I ran Startup Repair again, ran bootrec /rebuildbcd /fixboot /fixmbr, but they didn't help. Still blinking cursor.

Help! I'm SO close, I can feel it!

~Ibrahim~
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28 Jan 2010   #39
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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28 Jan 2010   #40
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Haha, I just found that ten minutes ago. Tried the first three steps, no cigar. However after the 3rd step, Startup Repair tried to fix something new, but that didn't work out either.

Off to step 4: nuclear holocaust.

Thank you!

~Ibrahim~
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