A friend of mine was using the computer, he said it was acting "funny" so he shut it off. In other words I have no clue what happened immediately before or after. However, this is what I have figured out:
C: partition is blank
D: partiton is unchanged (personal documents, pictures etc)
E: partition did not exist before tonight. It has what used to be on the C: partition (windows directory, users, program files etc)
Boot manager is assigned to C partition and Boot Loader is assigned to E:.
Background: This is a clean install of retail Windows 7 Pro.
Is there anyway to change the boot manager to E:? At this time I have no access to windows, only the the command prompt either with the cd or if I leave it sit the system recovery option comes up after awhile.
Just as a matter of interest, what size is the blank C: partition? If it's about 100MB then it may be the hidden system partition that Windows creates that has somehow been unhidden and assigned a drive letter.