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July 19, 2013 2:57:54 PM

Hi, I have a drive split into two partitions: C and E. C is where the Windows 7 is installed. I've just did a fresh Windows 7 install on a second parition (E), and now, the boot entry to C is gone as well as an acces to it (Windows says i need to format it). How can i acces that drive? I can't take ownership of it (no "Security" tab exists).
July 19, 2013 7:38:35 PM

Blaken said:
Hi, I have a drive split into two partitions: C and E. C is where the Windows 7 is installed. I've just did a fresh Windows 7 install on a second parition (E), and now, the boot entry to C is gone as well as an acces to it (Windows says i need to format it). How can i acces that drive? I can't take ownership of it (no "Security" tab exists).


When you go to disk management what shows up?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-manageme...
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July 20, 2013 4:39:15 AM

Zombiekiller said:

When you go to disk management what shows up?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-manageme...


That it is a RAW system file. Doesn't even show it's size (totally like it was uninitalized).

Maybe i should add that i've installed a professional version of Windows 7 to that second partition while being on Ulitmate (therefore i've installed the "older" version of the system). I heard that you never should do that as it may override the boomgr. May that be the case?


UPDATE: I've recovered important files from that raw drive using 3rd party soft. Therefore i proceeded to format the drive. Windows was unable to format the drive, immediately after i got BSOD and now i can't boot cause bootmgr.exe is missing.
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July 20, 2013 4:42:50 AM

Blaken said:
Zombiekiller said:

When you go to disk management what shows up?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/ht/disk-manageme...


That it is a RAW system file. Doesn't even show it's size (totally like it was uninitalized).

Maybe i should add that i've installed a professional version of Windows 7 to that second partition while being on Ulitmate (therefore i've installed the "older" version of the system). I heard that you never should do that as it may override the boomgr. May that be the case?



That is bad. You are now in need of data recovery.
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July 20, 2013 5:00:34 AM

Zombiekiller said:

That is bad. You are now in need of data recovery.


I've recovered the data. Then i attempted to format the drive. System hang up, i got BSOD and i have bootmgr missing.
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July 20, 2013 7:36:59 AM

Well, i've excepted more than a link to a generic tutorial. I've checked using disk part that now i don't have two partitions anymore, so it looks like formatting of one actually formated both or something like that (something was messed up with them since many shrinks/extends were made using partition magic by me) and now i need to do a fresh install and full format.

So , seems like the lesson is: to never install another windows systems on the same drive. Especially when that system is the lower version.
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