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system reserved Drive Letter problems

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by trif55, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. trif55

    trif55 Thread Starter

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    I have windows 7,

    When the system started up today the automated system recovery ran but said it couldn't fix the problem,

    The error message looked like:

    Problem Signature
    Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
    Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
    Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
    Problem Signature 03: unknown
    Problem Signature 04: 21201026
    Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
    Problem Signature 06: 23
    Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
    Locale ID: 1033

    OS version was much newer though



    After this I looked around on the net and found a suggestion to delete: bootcat.cache
    that didn't work either,


    A bit of messing around in the command prompt of the recovery console later i realised that the drive letters were wrong!

    the C: drive is now the system reserved location and the D: drive is my old C: drive,

    It was suggested this causes problems as nothing in boot.ini and the registry is in the right place,


    I tried DISKPART and renamed the partitions do D and C (how they should be) but the flags look wrong, if i diskpart this PC at work i see:

    Code:
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    DISKPART> detail disk
    
    SAMSUNG HD103SJ
    Disk ID: F0000000
    Type   : ATA
    Status : Online
    Path   : 0
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#ATA(C00T00L00)
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only  : No
    Boot Disk  : Yes
    Pagefile Disk  : Yes
    Hibernation File Disk  : No
    Crashdump Disk  : Yes
    Clustered Disk  : No
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 1         RECOVERY     NTFS   Partition      8 GB  Healthy    System
      Volume 2     C   OS           NTFS   Partition    922 GB  Healthy    Boot
    
    DISKPART>
    
    dead PC looks something like:

    Code:
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    DISKPART> detail disk
    
    SAMSUNG HD103SJ
    Disk ID: F0000000
    Type   : ATA
    Status : Online
    Path   : 0
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#ATA(C00T00L00)
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only  : No
    Boot Disk  : No
    Pagefile Disk  : No
    Hibernation File Disk  : No
    Crashdump Disk  : No
    Clustered Disk  : No
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 1     C   System res  FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    
      Volume 2     D              NTFS   Partition    465 GB  Healthy    
    
    DISKPART>
    
    When i tried changing the drive letters it only really made the automated recovery fail in a different way, i can't assign the "System" and "Boot" flags or remove the letter from the system reserved bit and make the OS drive stay as C over a reboot

    Please let me know what else i can do?

    Thanks
     
  2. trif55

    trif55 Thread Starter

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    also:

    bootrec /RebuildBcd returns:

    "Total identified Windows installations: 0"
     
  3. lunarlander

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    select the desired partition and make it active.
     
  4. trif55

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    with diskpart? what about drive letter assignment? and how do i set the boot/system flags to the correct things?
     
  5. trif55

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    well, it sort of worked, i set my old C as active and changed it t C again, it said no valid boot manage when it rebooted, tried the repair off the windows 7 disk and it fiddled around, then booted back up again and back into the ASR off the hard drive....

    just trying setting the system reserved as active and removing its assignment, its currently sitting on attempting repairs - 20 mins so far
     
  6. trif55

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    no luck, after all the messing around i still get:

    from ASR and it doesn't even try to start the propper OS
     
  7. lunarlander

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    Maybe it is the HD. Use the Windows DVD , Repair and open a console. Then try chkdsk /f
     
  8. trif55

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    chkdks d: /r (when the main disk was d) was one of the first things i tried

    i've just run it with /f now, had to dismount c: to run it i guess cos i was in c:\> in command prompt,

    anyway it found no errors, couldn't write its log file tho:

    "failed to transfer logged message to the event log with the status 50"

    i'm just rerunning it with /r (takes about an hour) but i doubt it will make any difference


    any other ideas? :)
    also is it possible to do a repair install of windows or something (or just of the boot part?) when you can't do it from within the OS itself?

    failing that i guess i could just install windows again onto the same drive, point my profile at its old location and reinstall drivers? (and do repair installs on any software that's got lunched in the process)
     
  9. lunarlander

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    I am not familiar with ASR, is that the same as booting with the Windows DVD, choosing Repair and then choosing Startup Repair?
     
  10. trif55

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    could you quote the bit you were asking about, i dont quite follow what you were replying to

    anyway yea ASR seems to be a hidden partition that looks identical to whats on the windows disk, it doesn't do the first searching for OS bit tho

    also just seem this:

    reckon thats worth a shot or will it do more harm than good?
     
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    oh, yea, it has all that, only difference between the hard disk ASR and windows 7 disk ASR is loading time :p

    i just realised the problem with deleting the BCD ...... when i've tried "bootrec /rebuildbcd" before, or /scanOs i get the message:

    "total identified windows installations: 0"

    any thoughts on why "bootrec" can't find an os? the windows 7 boot disk sees the OS to repair, and in the playing around has added (recovered) on the end
     
  13. lunarlander

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    I've managed to install the \boot folder onto drive D: once. Don't remember how it happened. But the rest of the OS is on drive C:.
     
  14. trif55

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    Hmm, do you reckon if I installed windows 7 on an old hdd in the same pc while my current drive is plugged in it might do that? I've seen comments that boot info goes on the first drive regardless of where you are installing the OS, the only thing is if bootrec can't find it will the installer find it?
     
  15. trif55

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    when the PC starts up now i can select my windows 7 (recovered) OS to boot to, but it doesn't boot, the recovery thing comes up and tries to repair my system (this is not the recovery from the DvD as the DvD wasn't in at the time, its like the boot info points directly at the recovery partition, not my OS) any ideas?
     
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