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Making a win7 disk bootable

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March 21, 2013 9:29:01 AM

I have a laptop with win7. The hard drive recently crashed. I cannot not recover to factory settings nor can I back it up, do a chkdsk, etc. I backed up my system up when I first got it using PowerBackup. It was not an image backup, but a file backup, apparently.

I purchased a new drive and restored my backup on it. Put the new drive in the laptop. It won't boot. I am assuming the boot files are not loaded. I have been trying for three days to make this disc bootable with no luck. Is there a simple way to make this darn disc bootable?

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March 21, 2013 10:18:05 AM

I expect it is because the system partition is missing or is not marked as active - probably both, when you say it was a file based backup did it include everything on the old hard drive, i.e. Windows, Program Files etc ... plus your own data.
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March 21, 2013 3:06:59 PM

If it wasn't an image backup, I'm guessing it didn't back up Windows, just data files. You'll have to borrow a 7 disc from a friend or download/burn one off MS site, reinstall Windows, install PowerBackup, then restore backup.
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