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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by PsykoDragon, Jun 15, 2014.

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  1. PsykoDragon

    PsykoDragon Thread Starter

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    Heya folks,
    Allow me to describe my scenario to you.
    A few days ago I installed a new harddrive (WD Green 2TB, of which I already have 1 installed). Got into Windows 7 Disk Management & initialized the HD, but in my ignorance set it as Active.

    The next time I tried to start up my computer I got a NTLDR is missing error, which I struggled with for a while trying to do startup repairs & bootrec operations (both failed due to the OS not showing up & Element does not exist errors). Eventually I just unplugged my 3 extra HD's, started up fine, & marked my System Reserved partition as Active in DskMngmnt. This was like, WOOHOO, I restarted my PC with the HD's installed & all was fine.

    This is where the current issue begins:
    The next morning I woke up with my speakers playing a buzzing sound. The system locked up while playing music throughout the night, no signal to screen, keypresses did nothing. I reset my PC to get the following error:
    After a bit I realized I had to redo the process of removing all additional HD's, starting up, confirming the Active Partition, & restarting with my HD's installed. However, this has been happening over the past 3 nights & I'm wont to find a solution. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

    System specs: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit
    If there's another relevant spec required let me know.

    Thank you!
     
  2. lunarlander

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    So you may now have 2 partitions marked as active.
     
  3. PsykoDragon

    PsykoDragon Thread Starter

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    I figured as much, but:
    • When a partition is marked as active, all other partitions that may be marked active are unmarked
    • I went through each partition individually to confirm that they are not marked as active, aside from the system volume
     
  4. PsykoDragon

    PsykoDragon Thread Starter

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    I thoght there was an edit post button somewhere.

    Anyway, just a status update. Since the day I started this thread, the incident I described has thankfully not happened again.
    I could think of only 2 possible reasons:

    1. That day, after removing my HDs & checking the active partition again, I shut down the computer &, unlike the previous times, left it off over the course of some 9 hours.
    2. My PC is afraid of TechGuys.
    In any case, I'n hoping nothing changes. I mean, I've been talking of switching over to a Linux distro to be done with these (semi-)random issues, but I don't think that's what got my PC mad.


    Will post again if the incident repeats itself. Thanks again!
     
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