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September 9, 2013 7:20:45 AM

My Win7 Ult x64 system got hung - so I cold booted. Upon reboot - I saw this message: "reboot and select proper boot device..."

I tried to do a recovery with my Repair disk - but after selecting Keyboard, no Windows installation was detected.

I booted from a Hirens CD to see if my data was present - it was.

After chasing existing answers and poking around myself, I corrected an issue with 2 partitions on two different disks marked as: Active. I left my un-named 100MB partition in Disk 0 as: System, Active & Primary; and the second partition on Drive 0 (my Win7 Ult x64 installation) as: Boot, Page File, Crash Dump & Primary. Both partitions are "Healthy". There are no other partitions on Drive 0. Drive 0 is 2TB in size.

I started to reboot from my Hirens disk again, but instead of booting an OS from the CD (Mini XP, etc.) I selected the top option - to boot from MY HD into Windows 7 - it loaded up and booted perfectly! I can boot this way consistently without fail.

I suspect that there is an issue with the first partition on Disk 0 (Active 100MB) that is preventing my machine from starting properly - but I'm at a loss as to how to fix / access it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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September 9, 2013 7:39:08 AM

do you have more than one hdd installed? have you checked your bios and the boot settings?
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September 9, 2013 7:43:42 AM

dreamerz said:
do you have more than one hdd installed? have you checked your bios and the boot settings?


Yes, I have several HD. This drive is an IDE (PATA) on the primary channel there is another on the secondary channel too. I also have 2 additional drives on two SATA channels. The BIOS shows all drives present and the boot order is correct.
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September 9, 2013 7:53:04 AM

The boot order for you HDD drives or boot order in general like optical > floppy>then HDD. There should be a section to select the boot order of your hdd's too. what MB do you have?
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September 9, 2013 7:54:21 AM

dreamerz said:
The boot order for you HDD drives or boot order in general like optical > floppy>then HDD. what MB do you have?


HDD, Optical, None
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