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hatryst
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Hi guys. My PC has given up. Was using it fine till everything stopped responding and i had to force reboot. Upon rebooting, the 'starting wondows' screen did not appear for a while, and then I was presented with a menu to either 'repair' or 'start windows normally'. Starting normally doesn't help, it stays at the starting wondows screen and then restarts. Repairing opens up startup repair, and till now i've tried the startup repair 5 times, tried running it from the DVD as well, no use, upon restarting, the computer comes at the same 'repair' or 'start normally screen'. HELP...

screenshots and more updates on the way

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hatryst
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I just tried running sfc scannow using the commant prompt option after booting from the DVD. It says 'another system repair is pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart and run sfc again'

What else to do?
(assuming a 'clean install' is the last, LAST resort, i'd never want to go for that)

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minigeek
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Hi hatryst!
Do you have any images that you could restore from?
In this case, I would firstly try using safe mode (hold F8 during bootup).
Could you boot into a linux disk and try to get some logs - there must be something!

I'm sure that Lighthouse or some of the other mods/geeks will arrive soon - help is on the way! Good Luck!

MiniGeek

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Lighthouse
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Hi Hatty, try this,
http://windowssecrets.com/top-.....reinstall/

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hatryst
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I dunno why it is showing Windows 7 installed on Disk D:, while it is actually installed on C: ??

Startup repair results, in order, if they're helpful
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023744.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023745.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023746.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023747.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023748.JPG <--- have a look at this one

LH, are you sure this is safe? All my settings and installed programs will be in place after the upgrade (i.e. non-destructive reinstall)?
I don't have a backup at hand, so keeping that in consideration, is it a risky thing to do? :(

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minigeek
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Now would be a good time to (attempt) to get those files off it using a Linux Disk, if you don't already have the files backed up
There is a guide here:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

Good Luck!

MiniGeek

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hatryst
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Thanks MG, I do have another HDD (with an OS on it), I can set that one as primary and get all the data off this HDD, but the problem is, this is a 250GB HDD, and I have no place to put all that stuff!

I just want to know if the non-destructive reinstall (which LH linked to) is safe and won't affect my system's settings and installed programs. The data is on a separate partition, so no worries about that. All I'm worried about, is that my settings and softwares stay intact. If yes, I'm doing it right away.Since I don't have a recent image of my C: drive, i'm afraid to try this out...

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Lighthouse
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Hatty, when is anything 100% safe in the world of computers ? Image the partition, then go for it.

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hatryst
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You're very right mate. But how do I image it now, without Windows?
Install Windows on the other HDD, then what to do? Macrium? Any tiny miny tutorial on imaging an external drive using Macrium?

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Lighthouse
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hatryst
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Okay so if I follow the guide as described here: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7363/macrium-reflect-is-a-free-and-easy-to-use-backup-utility/ and also referring to whs's tutorial video on macrium, what I'll be doing is creating an image of my C: drive (which isn't currently working) just to be sure that IF something goes wrong in the non-destructive install and my programs and settings are gone, I can restore using the backup I made, and all those programs will be back. Is that right?

EDIT: Can't i use macrium? I hate this ubuntu sudo terminal stuff...
And please tell me if I'm right about what happens after making an image. Please correct me if i'm wrong

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minigeek
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Clonezilla might also do the job, but it would make an exact (bootable) copy of your disk, and would wipe the destination disk. The destination disk also has to be larger than the source one.

https://www.howtogeek.com/57442/how-to-backup-and-resurrect-a-dead-or-dying-system-disk-with-clonezilla/

Lighthouse's idea might work better though, but you would have to be comfortable with linux/the command line :)

MiniGeek

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hatryst
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MACRIUM
Will it work? I just wanna know this... I'm more familiar with macrium's interface and I want to use it. Question is, will it work the way I think so?

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GuiltySpark
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Hatryst ,

Is your D:\ on your computer the Optical drive ?

The only reason I ask is because you said you used the DVD to repair your system. Could it be that it's reading the DVD version of windows and not your C:\,
just a thought.

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raphoenix
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Where are you going to install MACRIUM with the HD messed up ????

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hatryst
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GS, the D: drive is a partition on my HDD, it is a data partition, not an optical drive.
Rick, I have a spare HD I can use. Just want to know if it will work...

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Xhi
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He will probably use the standalone CD version of Macrium.

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hatryst
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All this hassle of installing Windows on a spare HDD and then using Macrium to image my original HDD's C: drive is ONLY for the sake of safety just in case something goes wrong and all my programs and settings are lost upon doing the 'upgrade' on the original HDD (to repair windows, based on this guide)

EDIY: Xhi, I'll install Macrium on the spare HDD that I have

Is this all necessary? Maybe yes, I can't risk my programs and settings...

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Xhi
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Or that...

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hatryst
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The third and final thing you need is a current backup. Although the reinstall process works reliably, it’s not infallible. Deep-seated system errors, OEM customizations, hardware trouble, or other variables may foil your reinstall efforts. Having a complete and current backup is a sensible precaution.

Does the author IN ANY WAY meant that without a backup, you MAY lose any data/settings on the drive?

(here: http://windowssecrets.com/top-.....reinstall/)

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GuiltySpark
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Partition Wizard has an option to copy a partition to another HDD, I haven't tried this but it might be worth considering : http://www.partitionwizard.com.....ition.html take a look at the Tutorial and see what you think.

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hatryst
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WAIT

This "upgrade" thing won't help, setup doesn't let me upgrade while booting from the DVD, it required being WITHIN windows, and my windows doesn't start up at all

BACK TO DRAWING BOARD. FORGET WHAT I SAID, MACRIUM IMAGING PARTITIONING WHATEVER, START OVER PLEASE...

I'm unable to boot and the problem is "system volume on disk is corrupt"
Solutions, please?

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raphoenix
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You have a FULL Installation DVD ????

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hatryst
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Full installation DVD?
Yes, it is Windows 7 Ultimate, x86 and x64.

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raphoenix
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Know how to use DiskPart and other Dos commands in PE on the Installation DVD ????
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770877

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hatryst
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Nope. Not at all.

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raphoenix
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hatryst
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Could it be a failing HDD? It's only 1.5 years old, just so you know. I personally wouldn't expect a 1.5 years old HDD to die like this...
Or is it?

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raphoenix
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It could be BUT also could be just a corrupted system since you have two / three partitions installed on one hard drive.

That's why it's good to know some tools which are included with the Full installation DVD.

I don't know where to start teaching.

Make this as we said before.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

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hatryst
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You can just start, patiently. But PLEASE help me, you members are my only hope...

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germ-x
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If you download both PW and Macrium you can make a bootable Cd of each one. You do not need windows to run either one of these utilities.
Burn to Cd > Change your boot order > boot system.
I suggest you use Partition Wizard first so you can look at your entire drive.
You said t showed windows installed on "D" vs "C".
If the partition letters somehow got switched you should be able to change the partition letters back around so Windows is on "C".
That being said you might be able to boot your system.
PW gives you many options to look at each partition and what is on it ( files / Folders / etc.

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hatryst
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I've installed Windows on the spare HDD, now I'll configure it as primary and the faulty one as secondary, will let you know the update
g-x, the problem is, D: is my data partition, so I need to check if the data is intact

BTW, I tried checking the contents of C:, using DIR in command prompt, and it showed "cyclic redundancy check", and D: showed the contents of C:, E: showed what's originally supposed to be in D:, and F: showed the original contents of E:. What the?!

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hatryst
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Okay so here's the update

Just installed Windows on the other HDD, and attached my original HDD (the faulty one) as secondary. It's readable. Well, sort of.
I had 3 partitions on the HDD. Two of them with data and one was the root, the Windows partition.
All other partitions are showing up and readable, except for the Windows partition. It is being read as "unformatted", and Windows offers formatting it. Heck no. What now?

HELP, GUYS, PLEASE...

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germ-x
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Don't like to sound redundant but put things back the way they were originally then boot with PW.
If your drive letters appeared mixed or incorrect and they might be, then you just might have a chance if you boot outside windoes environment

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hatryst
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Well, I have installed partition wizard on this HDD running windows, it identifies the Windows partition. So it is still readable after all.

But anyway, I can boot with PW CD or USB. Whats next?

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germ-x
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If it were me I would make an image of my "C" drive before moving forward. That is only if you feel everything is too important to just wipe.
I would then make the bootable rescue disk of PW. There is an option "Make a rescue / recovery disk.
Boot off the disk so windows isn't involved.
Now look at all your data on each partition and verify it's on the correct partition and the drive letters are also correct.
When all that is done reboot with a windows recovery and run chkdsk /R and wait until complete.
Windows chkdsk should find and hopefully repair your CRC problem.
Reboot your system

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raphoenix
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Was Too Slow. :(

Disregard Please.

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hatryst
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1. Imaging C: isn't possible because Windows on this spare HDD isn't detecting the C: partition of the faulty HDD
2. Where is this make rescue/recovery disk option?
3. Will PW live CD show the partition names (C,D,E) ?

EDIT: take your time, Rick. We all have to be patient. No problem. Thanks all for the help, please continue with the same enthusiasm...

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raphoenix
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hatryst
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Step 6: In my case, i'd only need to recover ONE partition (the Windows partition, C:, that is), is that right?
Plus, what if the partition letters are changed? (as described here)

EDIT: EaseUS partition recovery is also free, so, that's fine. I find it better than PW. Have to give it a try though...

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raphoenix
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What we really need to do is to REPAIR the Partition table / mbr Entries at low level.

That would fix the partition as bootable and formatted.

Sorta Kinda like this http://www.ntfs.com/partition-deleted.htm

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germ-x
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If you boot with either EaseUS or PW you will be able to view your partition drive letters and also see if the data on "C" is readable ot corrupt.
You will also see if the drive letters are correct.
Once that is done then you can proceed from there.
Personally I like EaseUs a little better then PW. I have used Paragon for years and just got use to it.
I would run chkdsk /R before trying to fix the partition

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raphoenix
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How we're doing hatryst ??

http://neosmart.net/wiki/displ.....om+the+DVD

Option Three: Nuclear Holocaust BUT would VERY LAST EFFORT.

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hatryst
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Sorry for the late reply, timezone differences, you know...

Okay, have a look
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....apture.PNG

This is what Easeus shows, and clearly, my Original Windows drive is there, it is not lost.
1. So does that mean partition recovery is not required?

Also, this is what Windows explorer shows (all drives except C: in this image are the original HDD's partitions)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....pics/1.PNG

The drive letters are obviously not correct since I'm in the other HDD now, but...
2. in order to view the real drive letters, I have to boot with PW live CD, right?
And once booted with PW live CD, what to do? (I'll post back once I boot using the cd)

EDIT: GS, how can I run CHKDSK /R while the Windows partition is not recognized at all?
(I guess i tried that in Repair, using the Windows DVD, but it didn't work)

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hatryst
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Is it actually necessary to boot from the PW cd? I ran PW on this spare HDD (with the faulty one attached as secondary), and PartitionWizard is able to read the files off my Original windows partition...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....wlocal.PNG

So it means recovering the MBR is possible, and that would return this HDD to its original state. Phew...

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hatryst
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Also, Rick, the option 2 in this guide seems suitable, but I believe it is to be done only after we have fixed the driver letters, right? As I mentioned, the C: drive is no longer recognized, it has changed to D:, and it seems the Windows partition is now D:
Shall we keep it this way, or is it necessary to restopre the partitions to their original drive letters?
It's just a matter of aesthetics, isn't it?

Please note. My "System Reserved" partition is still intact, it still contains the file \boot\bcd. The problem is with my Windows partition, i.e. commonly known as C:, it is not getting recognized by Windows (on the spare HDD). SO does that mean we don't actually need to repair the bootloader, we just need to fix the MBR, right?
Or maybe not. Ah, I'm confused and confusing you as well :(

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hatryst
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... and I'm waiting for assistance because I'm too afraid to take another step without proper guidance...

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raphoenix
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The Boot Loader files should be fine.

The problem lies in the MBR which has lost some data for defining the complete structure (partition table) of the bad disk.

We need a program that can calculate from the other MBR partitions what the MBR C: partition should be and write to the MBR the offset, beginning and ending sector location bytes, active byte, type disk byte, etc......

When they say recover, I don't know if they mean actual partition data files OR [ fix ] the low level MBR partition table structure bytes?!?!
"Stuff like this"
http://technet.microsoft.com/e.....77219.aspx
http://thestarman.pcministry.c.....Tables.htm

I have to find exactly what these two commands will write.
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force

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raphoenix
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From Command Prompt

Bootrec.exe options
The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

/FixMbr
The /FixMbr option writes a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.
/FixBoot
*******The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:•The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot sector.
•The boot sector is damaged.
•An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista or Windows 7 was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).

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germ-x
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Can you list all drives of the original hdd
The 2nd shot is showing both hdd's and maybe that is causing some of your problem in displaying the correct drive letters.
Suggest you disconnect the 2nd hdd and only use the faulty one.
Boot with PW and look at the assigned drive letters.
Post a screenshot of that.
It might come down to just swapping the drive letters around so "?" is "C".

EDIT: From PW you can repair the MBR if necessary

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hatryst
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Okay so what I understand is:
1. First we need to find out the correct drive letters for the original partitions, and correct them if required
2. Then we need to rebuild the MBR (using either PW or command prompt)
Is that right?

Things are getting delayed as I've run out of writable DVDs. Gonna go get some now...

g-x, the original partitions are highlighted in the following screenshot, and labelled in RED are the driverletters that originally were assigned to these partitions. As I mentioned, when I was in recovery console (booting from the Windows 7 DVD without any other HDD attached), all these driver letters were shifted forward by one letter, i.e. what originally was "C:" became "D:", "D:" became "E:" and so on. I have no idea about the "System reserved" partition, trying to recall what its original driverletter was (was "F", I guess)...
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....alHDDs.PNG

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germ-x
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Ok, You might have to swap drive letters a couple of times.
Your "H" drive you might have to change to maybe "K" or whatever.
You will have to do the same with your other partitions.
Once this is completed you can then finally change
"F" drive back to "C".
"G" drive back to "D"
"H" drive back to "E"
Make sure you jot down what drive letter is what in case you have any problems.
Do all this with the bootable EaseUS or PW disks.
You don't want windows environment involved in any way.
The bootable disks are completely safe. In fact they are better then trying to do anything while windows is running.
Post a display showing the partition layout of your all your drives but rt click on "F" drive so I can see the info of that partition .

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hatryst
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I'm on it. Got the CD-R, will post screenshots soon

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hatryst
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As you can see, no drive letters are displayed...

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....033749.JPG

What to do now? The "Partition>Change Letter" option is greyed out, it's unavailable...

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hatryst
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However, while using PW in Windows on the spare HDD (and the faulty one as secondary), the option to change driveletter is available. But I cannot change the driveletters because "C:" in this case is the partition on this HDD which is running Windows at the moment

Any suggestions?

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Lighthouse
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Boot from the PW CD.

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hatryst
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The drive displayed as "F:" in this Windows is actually SUPPOSED TO BE the "C:" of the faulty HDD. Question is, how do I change the drive letter since PW live CD does not allow changinf drive letters, the Windows version has this support though, but I cannot change the driveletter of the faulty HDD from "F:" to "C:", since "C:" in this case is the current partition running windows (the currently running HDD, the spare one), so changing it will render this HDD unusable, but I can do it IF it can bring my faulty HDD back to life

I'm waiting for a green signal from you guys, waiting for your reponses...

EDIT: LH, I just did it, see the screenshot in the previous post

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Lighthouse
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If you are running off the PW CD, then Windows does not have a say in the matter.

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hatryst
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So what can I do to change the driveletters back to normal? Or is it even necessary?
Also, what to do next?

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hatryst
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Okay guys, be right back in about 12 hours or so. Please don't forget to help me out, I'm so thankful for all your support so far!

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germ-x
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Had some errands to run.
Start with your highest drive letter and change to a higher letter
"H" change to matbe "P" for now
"G" change to "K" for now
This should allow you to change your "F" back to "C".
You will have to keep the higher drive letters until all drives are changed.
Different partition utilities have a slightly general layout but the same end result.
You might have to remove or change the drive letter then after that operation is complete you will have to assign the new drive letter.

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raphoenix
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Am back also from a complete day of errands.

Working on the issue. :) :)

Rick P.

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germ-x
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Seems like the errands never end.

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raphoenix
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@Tom,

So True especially at the first of a new year. :) :)

I would like to use [ DiskPart plus Win7 Dos Commands ] and try to nail down the partition Letters and
then re-create the bad partition WITHOUT re-formating.

There is also a chance that with a [ Hex Editor ], we might could re-program the volume boot sector code plus partition code.

What do you think ??

Rick P.

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germ-x
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Might be worth a shot but I think Hatty is really scared and having nightmares about this experience

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raphoenix
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This might? be helpful also
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
Rebuild NTFS boot sector
Etc..

Well of all Best Responders on HTG, Hatty knew better than to run without a complete HD backup image.

He's not alone as I run WITHOUT any Real Time AV so one day I'll get "tapped" but I have an image. (lol) :) :)
However, preparing SSDs with Secure Erase is still a real bear. :(

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germ-x
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I am sure he has some backups but when his drive letters changed the game changed.
I keep 2-3 backups for all of my systems, plus a fresh install backup for each.
Not ready for an SSD yet. Desktop runs too good so I'll wait to see who goes first it or me.

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raphoenix
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Tom, when budget permits, procure an SSD.

You'll never run a mechanical HD again once you experience the speed of SSD.

Performance is like going from Piper Cub to F-16. (lol) :) :)

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raphoenix
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http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki.....r_recovery

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hatryst
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Thanks for the input guys. Although...
- There's NO WAY to change the driveletters using PW live CD, the option is greyed out (mentioned that, also posted screenshot on the previous page).
- Yeah, you got it right. I don't have a backup, of ANYTHING. I know, it's a very silly thing, but yeah, I never cared about creating a backup because I was so proud of my HDD (only 1.5 years old, didn't expect it to fail at all, my bad!)
- Why are we going for TestDisk now? You've instructed me to use PW and/or EaseUS, and when I'm in the middle of PW, TestDisk is introduced. Basically, to put it in easier words, I don't need information about anything. Treat me like a noob, guys. Please tell me step-by-step what to do next, regardless of my knowledge. I've posted all my progress in the previous posts, and the progress so far is, well, not much...

- We decided a plan recently. First, we'll ensure the driverletters are correct (if not, correct them), and then repair the MBR, right?
--> How to change the driveletters (Tom, you are right, I understand what you said, but PW live CD isn't allowing me to change driveletters, the option is unavailable)
--> How to repair the MBR afterwards (Rick, is it just a matter of clicking 'rebuild MBR' in PW? Or shall I forget PW and go for TestDisk?)

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germ-x
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You might need to use the EaesUS Cd and you might to use the option "remove drive letter" vs. change drive letter.
Is it greyed out for all drives?
Was it greyed out while running PW in windows environment or when you booted off the CD.
Have you tried the highest letter drive first "H"?
When trying to do what you want to accomplish you need to use the boot Cd so your software is controlling the hdd.

Rick's got a couple of things he wants to try if we make no progress but he is in a different time zone. Still Zzzzzzzzz.

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hatryst
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I've yet to try EaseUS live CD
Yes, option to change driveletter is greyed out for all drives when using PW Live CD, not using the Windows version. I can change the driverletters in the Windows version, but the problem is, how do I know what's ACTUALLY being alloted to the partitions, I mean, in standalone mode (i mean while running startup repair on the faulty hdd, using command prompt from Windows DVD), I got to know that the Windows partition is being recognized as "D:". But in Windows running off this spare HDD, the Windows partition is displayed as "F:" and unformatted. I think I have to give EaseUS liveCD a try...

EDIT: where to get the EaseUS live CD from?

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raphoenix
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From Administrative command prompt in windows type:

Diskpart <enter>

List Disk <enter>

Select Disk 1 <enter> This should be the BAD HD

List partition <enter>

Select partition X <enter> where X was a Pre-Known Partition before crash

assign letter=Z <enter> where Z was the Pre-Known Letter before before crash

List partition <enter>

Select partition X <enter> where X was a Pre-Known Partition before crash

assign letter=Z <enter> where Z was the Pre-Known Letter before before crash

List partition <enter>

Select partition X <enter> where X was a Pre-Known Partition before crash

assign letter=Z <enter> where Z was the Pre-Known Partition Letter before before crash

<Exit>
<Exit>

Warm Re-boot windows.

What partition letters are showing up on Bad HD now ????

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hatryst
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Hi Rick. Am I supposed to do this on the faulty HDD, by booting from the Windows DVD and selecting Command prompt? (I think that's obvious, but I'm just making sure, because I'm currently in Windows, but on the other HDD, guess you know that already!)

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raphoenix
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While running Windows on Spare HD, get into Administrative Command Prompt and run DiskPart command.

The SPARE Windows Boot HD will be Disk 0 in List Disk and the BAD HD should show up as Disk 1

Read above procedure again.

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hatryst
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Oh, okay, I got it. Trying it now.

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hatryst
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X = Partition Number, right?
EDIT: got it. Proceeding.

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hatryst
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I did "Assign Letter=C" on Partition 2 (that's the Windows partition, I remember it by the capacity, 39GB) and got "Virtual Disk Service Error: The specified drive letter is not free to be assigned"
Shall I try another partition?

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raphoenix
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Boot from installation DVD and do procedure from a command prompt.

The Disk Numbers 0 and 1 may change so be aware of sizes.

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hatryst
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Okay I'll do that. Thanks :)
So do I need to use PW and/or EaseUS? <--- or will it be decided after I do as you suggested?

I'll boot from the installation DVD later (after 12-13 hours). Any further suggestions?

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raphoenix
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It will be decided after you do as suggested.

What country are you in ????

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hatryst
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I thought you knew. Anyway. I'm from Pakistan :) It's midnight here!

EDIT: I've said it before and thought it's worth quoting once again. I hope there's no discrimination between HTG members, based on their geographical location, right? I mean, we may belong to different parts of the world, we all may be different language speakers, we may belong to different religions, cultures, and follow entirely different traditions and norms. One cannot be judged based on the basis of geographical location and/or other factors.
All that matters HERE (on HTG), is that we show the best of our ethics and good moral values, and be a family, and that's what we do :)

I'm thankful for everyone here at HTG Forums for giving me support whenever required !

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raphoenix
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OK now I know. :) ;)

Thought you were a student in US.

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hatryst
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Nope (but I'm a student, though, in my final year of Engineering now).
That's one of the reasons I have these timezone problems. When you all are here for help, I'm not available (and vice versa, LOL!)

See you later, and I'm really thankful for all your help so far (all of you helping members!), really appreciated :)

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raphoenix
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Have never been a mod with console so don't know where HTG folks IP's are coming from. (lol)

May be we can make accommodations now that we all know where you reside.

Especially on week ends when you have no classes. :) :)

Rick P.

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germ-x
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Hatty, Just pretend your working the midnight shift.
Will check on the error your getting.
More errands.

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raphoenix
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germ-x
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This must be the disappearing post because I replied about 1/2 hr ago and it is gone.
Question
Can you list all the bad drive partition descriptions. (ex. active, healthy, system etc)

Info on PW
http://www.partitionwizard.com.....etter.html

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raphoenix
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Tom your post did NOT disappear.

You posted erroneously in my link Topic above.

Check it out, it's still there. :) :)

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Xhi
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Actually you posted it here

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germ-x
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one of those days :\\

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hatryst
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Hi guys.

Tom, the partitions are listed as follows:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....skmgmt.PNG <--- I've marked the original Windows (corrputed) partition as (C:)
(sorry I'm not posting embedded images, posting links from my dropbox instead, my PB account isn't working at the moment)

Anyway, Windows shows the corrupted Windows partition as 'unformatted' in Windows explorer. Although PW shows that all files are still intact in the partition, it's just that the partition is unreadable by Windows. What can I do to make it readable once again?

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Lighthouse
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I had this happen the other day. Running chkdsk from PW solved it.

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hatryst
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How?
How to run chkdsk from PW? Did you use the LiveCD or hook the HDD up as secondary and use another one to scan?

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Lighthouse
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As it was an external drive, I just ran PW from within windows.
PW calls it Check File System. Select both options.

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hatryst
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Look what I found
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....letter.PNG

As you can see, PW (running in Windows) isn't showing any driveletter assigned to the corrupt Windows drive, and when I selected the option (Partition>Change Letter), it presented me with an option to assign a driveletter to it. Shall I try assigning "F:" to it?
(so that would be an order, then, i.e. System reserved is "E:", Windows would be "F:", and so on, and when I'll connect it as primary, it MIGHT show up as "C:", "D:", etc, respectively)

Is it a safe thing to do?

EDIT: Have a look at the screenshot once again. Should I be worried about what's in the "Status" column for the Disk 2 (the bad HDD)? The status of all the partitions (except "System reserved") is set to "None", while in Disk 1, the status of the Windows partition is set to "System". Is this because I'm currently booted from Disk 1?

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hatryst
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LH, the option "Check File System" for the corrupt Windows partition is not available, it's greyed out. Can't do it.
One more thing that leads me to believe that this partition should be assigned a driverletter first.

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Lighthouse
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See the edit in my last post.
You should not have to assign a drive letter to it first, but probably is worth trying. Give it the letter C.

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germ-x
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Don't know if you can give it another "C". You can try it and if the system doesn''t like it will come back with an error. Then you give it the letter "F" it should revert back to a "C" when being installed seperate.
Your change drive letter is now available where as before it was greyed out.

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Lighthouse
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Good point g-x, but you should be able to do it using the PW CD.

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germ-x
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agree, if he boots with the PW Cd and the bad hdd then he should be able to letter it correctly

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hatryst
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Okay, so within Windows (running from spare HDD and bad HDD attached as secondary), I used PW to assign the letter "F:" to the bad Windows partition, and then the option to "check filesystm" was available. However, starting the check resulted in the following output: "cannot open volume for direct access"
Note that I can perform CHKDSK (check volume system, as mentioned in PW) on all other partitions of that HDD, except the Windows (bad) partition.

Is there something left to do to repair that partition, make it readable?
We were talking about 'MBR rebuilding' a couple of days ago, is it worth giving a shot?

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raphoenix
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I posted this possibility up in thread.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

I've never used this but might be last resort for you.

Read through Completely to very END.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki.....ep_By_Step

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hatryst
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Isn't it going to be COMPLEX as compared to using PW or any other tool(s)?

Posted 5 years ago
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Lighthouse
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Not what we are suggesting. Have the bad drive installed as premier (no other drives connected up) Then boot from the PW CD.

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hatryst
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Okay, and what's next?

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Lighthouse
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Try and change the RAW drive to C.

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hatryst
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I'll try that and post back. Thanks!

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germ-x
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Hatty,
PW isn't complex. It appears a little intimidating because your playing with a Partition and your O/S.
Your in a windows environment and that alone makes it easier.

@Rick, if he can Rebuild the NTFS boot sector then I think he will have a workable drive

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Tom, I was referring to "TestDisk" as complex. I kinda like PW's interface, but 'm just too afraid to click ANYTHING (LOL!).

Posted 5 years ago
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raphoenix
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@Tom,

"if he can Rebuild (Fix) the NTFS boot sector then I think he will have a workable drive"

Believe I said that way up in the postings. (lol) :) :)

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hatryst
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Uh... Rick, is there an easy easy to do so (rebuild the NTFS sector)?

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raphoenix
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We have posted this before
http://www.ptdd.com/rpt.htm
FREE at bottom of page.
http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/

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hatryst
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I understand. I'll try all suggested methods and will post back !

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germ-x
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If you would update the following referring to the bad hdd.
Boot with PW or EaseUS
All partitions / drives are listed and readable?
Your O/S partition needs a drive letter and MBR possibly rebuilt?

Boot with your bad hdd as slave
Your O/S partition / drive shows but no letter and no files
All other partitions / drives show correctly except all drive letters incorrect.

Have you attempted to correct any incorrect drive letters other then your O/S drive letter.

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hatryst
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"Boot with PW or EaseUS" - Booted with PW
"All partitions / drives are listed and readable?" - Yes
"Your O/S partition needs a drive letter, and MBR possibly rebuilt?" Yes, and probably yes

Boot with your bad hdd as slave
"Your O/S partition / drive shows but no letter and no files" - Yes, shows up as unformatted in Explorer, PW and EaseUS, both can read files from it
"All other partitions / drives show correctly except all drive letters incorrect." - Yes, since the HDD is attached as slave, probably that's why.

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germ-x
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Have you tried changing the drive letter--s of the other drives / partitions?
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....skmgmt.PNG
These should change easy as they are not the O/S drive--s.
Boot with Cd and change one to its original letter, then try it as a slave and see if the drive letter changes.
Just make sure your data stays accessableboth ways.

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hatryst
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You know, I'm worried about the data!
I'm glad the data partitions are still readable, and I want them to stay this way. I'll try assigning a letter to the corrupted Windows partition (from within windows), will fix its MBR, and then I'll boot from the Windows installation DVD to check its driveletter.

While the bad partition is selected in PW, is it safe to click on the "Rebuild MBR"? What will happen?

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germ-x
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PW will attempt to rebuild the MBR. If there is a problem PW will display a message.
You won't be any worse off then you are right now.
If you assign a letter to the corrupted partition while in windows it might get all goofy on you again as the registry and all the boot information is looking for a "C" drive. That is unless you originally installed windows and assigned it a different letter.

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raphoenix
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DO IT !

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hatryst
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Nope, i won't assign "C" to it. I'll assign what PW recommends. And it recommends "F", because the first partition (the system reserved partition) is "E" (as displayed in slave), so labelling the corrupt partition as "F" WILL mean that it gets the place next to the system reserved partition, and I believe it is supposed to be there. Worth trying.

FYI, PW (within Windows) won't allow me to assign "C" to it, because another "C" is already there, so... :)

I'll try that and will post back. Working on an assignment at the moment, going to finish it first, and will get back to PC fixing. Gathering ideas right now with help from all you awesome people!

EDIT: Rick, I'll do it ASAP, have to do some writing right now. Hopefully, soon I'll be able to do as you suggested !

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raphoenix
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Boot Manager Missing coming with W unless you can then change all partition letters back to original letters before crash.

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Lighthouse
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I wouldn't listen to what Windows says, that's a whole other story. If the OS was installed to C, then that is where it should reside.

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raphoenix
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I meant letter F instead of letter W in my post above will cause Boot Mgr Missing.
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LH is Correct that's why I said the partition letters have to be back to original letters before crash !!

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hatryst
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I'll try both, F and W, we'll see whatever works :)
(no worries about bootmgr missing, we can change the letter to W if that happens)

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raphoenix
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NO NO

MUST be C if that is where the original O/S is.

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hatryst
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But PW live CD doesn't let me do so, and I cannot assign the "C" driverletter from within Windows since "C" is already an assigned letter...

Look, let's put the bad partition aside for a moment. When I checked my data partition (which originally used to be "D"), using command prompt (after booting from the Windows installation DVD and going into repair), the assigned letter was showing up to be "E", and my camera partition (where I keep my photography work, originally "E") was lettered "F".
But when I connected that bad HDD as a slave to this spare HDD that I'm running now, that Data partition has been assigned the driverletter "G". But it is still next to my camera partition, which is now "H".
You catch my drift? Driveletters are relative, but the partitions stay where they are. I don't know what's the mystery behind these 'shifted' driveletters, but my idea is that the bad windows partition needs a driverletter, and it should be assigned a driveletetr which is in order with the rest of the partitions (System reserved is currently "E", and Data partition is "G", so it should be "F"). That's what my (probably wrong) idea is...

Not disagreeing at all, but just putting forward my thoughts so that you know what I'm thinking (and I might be wrong, I admit)!

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germ-x
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On your original setup (corrupt hdd) What was each drive letter including your system reserved partition.
In order for your sytem to work properly your reserved and your O/S have to have the same drive letter as originally assigned.
If your data and storage drives have any programs installed they will also have to be lettered as original letters.
What happened to me in the past is I could not re letter a partition to the letter I wanted until I re lettered the other partitions with a higher letter then I was able to change the partitions back to the lower letters which were originally assigned.
Hope this makes sense.
In PW if you assign a drive a letter and decide to change back or to another letter PW allows you that option. Nothing happens to data by changing a drive letter.
When you connect the drive as a slave the drive letters are automatically changed by windows. Connect as seperate system and the letters will fall back to original. Simple :)

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hatryst
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"When you connect the drive as a slave the drive letters are automatically changed by windows. Connect as seperate system and the letters will fall back to original. Simple :)"
You said it SO RIGHT, and I couldn't even explain it!

Usually, no driveletter is assigned to the system reserved partation, AFAIK, is it right?
In the original setup, my Windows partition was "C", data partition was "D" and the camera partition was "E". After the problem arised, these letters
I understand what you said, and you explained it a couple of times in your older posts as well, so I'll try that !

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hatryst
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I got this screenshot from SevenForums

Notice the Windows partition is being displayed as it is in Local Disk (D:). Same is the case with me.

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Okay now I'm free and will try the following

- THIS (more explained: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392)

- more to come

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germ-x
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Just a little more info.
Your "C" drive has to have the following properties
Healthy
Boot
Pagefile ???
crash dump ??
primary

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germ-x
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Your "C" drive has to have the following properties
Healthy
Boot
Pagefile ???
crash dump ??
primary
I think the pagefile and crash dump will be included automatically.
You will have the option in PW to make that partition bootable
It is already listed as healthy and primary
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....skmgmt.PNG

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hatryst
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It's primary, alongside all the other partitions. I checked that from PW.
Pagefile/crash dump... How do I find that out?

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germ-x
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that might be assigned automatically.
I checked one of my systems that is similar to yours ( Hidden system partition) and that is what was listed.
I suspect if I shut pagefile off then look at disk management the pagefile won't be there.
To sum it up you just have to make that partition bootable. The rest will fall in place

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hatryst
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Just tried the following:

- bootrec.exe /fixmbr (result: the operation completed successfully)
- Rebuild MBR (result: done)

Tried booting from the HDD, no use. Same problem as my first post.

EDIT:

Just tried the following:

- Assigned a driveletter to the bad Windows partition, CHKDSK cannot run on it because the filesystem is (read by Windows as) RAW, although all the data on this partition is still readable by PW, but not by Windows
- Rebuilt MBR again (just clicked 'Rebuild MBR' in PW). No use.

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hatryst
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One more update:
When I try to run "surface test" on the bad Windows partition, PW stops responding. Even the Live CD rebooted when I tried doing so.

EDIT: Is this an indication of my hard drive failing? I can still read and access the data on it. It's just the Windows partition that has gone bad...

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raphoenix
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From Spare Boot Hard Drive
CHKNTFS /X volume [...] of bad drive partition.
Try to boot from Bad Hard drive

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki.....ep_By_Step

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Okay, that would check the spare HDD, right? Or will it check ALL the partitions?

Posted 5 years ago
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raphoenix
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Run against the Bad HDD Partition Letter.

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hatryst
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Done, now will try to boot from it. Booting, BRB in 5 minutes.

EDIT: Nothing special happened upon booting from the bad HDD...

As usual, it prompted me to 'repair (recommended)' or 'start windows normally'. I selected the latter option. It got stuck at the 'starting windows' screen, no GUI, seems the HDD is struggling so hard to work (my opinion). The Windows logo appeared (the balls transition you see when W7 starts), and then the computer rebooted.

Any other thoughts?

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germ-x
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What drive letter is assigned to the drive ahen you tried booting?
If you put the installation disk in and try to boot up does it go through a try and then reboots as before or does it boot all the way?
Now that it appears to be trying to boot can you assign the correct drive letter ("C").

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hatryst
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Tom, I can answer your question but that would make things complex, so try this.
Reboot your computer with the Windows installation DVD, click 'repair', and click 'Command Prompt'. Now navigate to "C"
C: <enter>
dir <enter>
you might see the contents of the 'system reserved' drive

now try D
D: <enter>
dir <enter>
and you'll see the contents of your Windows partition. Now that's strange since your Windows partition is probably "C", but command prompt is identifying it as "D"

So I guess, it's normal. My driveletters aren't changed, they were perfectly fine in the first place. But since it was my first experience, I thought they had changed...
I believe, there's no need messing around with driveletters.

Now I have just ONE PROBLEM to solve.
Let's put it in easier words, so everyone can understand.

"One of the partitions (which happens to be the Windows partition) on my hard drive has corrupted, and my computer can no longer boot up. If I try accessing the partition from another Windows environment, it shows up as unformatted (raw). Although all files are intact, and readable by PartitionWizard. Question is, how do I make this partition readable (by Windows) again?"

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Lighthouse
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You might want to try this,
http://windowssecrets.com/top-.....reinstall/

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hatryst
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LH, you told me about it in the first post you made. Problem is, I need to be WITHIN wondows to do it, and Windows isn't booting up at all

Wait, did you mean I can do it from the sare HDD that I'm running, and specify the destination as the corrupt partition?
Problem is, it isn't readable by Windows, so it can't be selected as a destination for 'upgrade'.

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Lighthouse
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Don't know if this would work, but you could try installing 7 to a usb drive, booting with that, try the thing I posted before, and see if it will pick up on the origional installation (i.e., it gives you a choice)

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germ-x
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If what Lighthouse doesn't work then give this some thought.
1) Make an image of your good windows O/S from your good HDD / partition.
2) boot PW or EaseUS and there is an option to copy hdd.
3) copy hee from bad hdd partition to good hdd partition.
4) format bad hdd partition
5) Boot PW or EaseUS and again copy the O/S back onto your newly formatted drive
6) recover your image you made in step 1 back onto your good hdd / partition
If you can get a copy of hdd regenerator you can try that before all of the above.

EDIT: Here is another option
http://www.easeus.com/resource.....o-ntfs.htm

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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I'm really impressed by this idea, trying this...!!

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Is it possible to create an image from the bad hdd partition, and apply it on the current Windows that I'm running?
(guess not...)

Also

4) format bad hdd partition
5) Boot PW or EaseUS and again copy the O/S back onto your newly formatted drive

And then I will boot from the bad HDD and it will let me do so?

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germ-x
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more errands:
If you use either PW or EaseUS you have an option to copy your drive.
Since you can see your everything (files and folders) when you boot from the above utilities you should be able to copy everything to some other storage device.
When you correct the bad hdd you should ba able to copy everything back.
I have never done it this way as I have always used images.
Please read the information sheet from link above.

Have you tried the utility Rick posted the link for? That might shorten you headache. Worth a try
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Do you have any storage device / disk you can make / store your image on???

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Thanks, will give it a try... Certainly open for more suggestions and solutions!

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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Yes, I have this spare HDD that I'm running, will it be of any use?
(it's 60 GB available, and my corrupted "C" is almost 29 GB)

Posted 5 years ago
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germ-x
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Now you have somewhere to strore your image.

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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How do I make the image? (sorry, never done this before)
(and also, how to apply it on the new OS?)

Posted 5 years ago
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germ-x
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Couple of questions:
Have you tried this
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
What have you tried?
You also need to download this, Read it then make your image.
http://lifehacker.com/292972/p.....-rescue-cd

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hatryst
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Nope. Didn't try TestDisk, I'm a bit afraid of trying this.

I've tried THIS so far. You know the rest, I've posted what I've tried :)

EDIT: Can we try something with less commands? The idea of "imaging everything on the bad partition, and applying this image on a clean install of Windows on this bad partition" sounds good, and feasible. And if it is feasible, please guide me step-by-step on how to achieve this. Thanks!

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germ-x
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Try the testdisk.
You are going to make an image of the bad partition and put it onto your 60gb spare drive. It is not like just copying it compresses and puts it in another format.
You can't boot from it or anything other then put it back on your original partition after formatting it.
After you make your image you will test it to make sure you are going to be able to recover it before doing anything with your existing drive.

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hatryst
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I've got a strange idea. Can I apply the image on to my current Windows installation that I'm running?
So in this way this spare HDD could be my main HDD, and the original HDD would become only a data storage media, how does that sound?

P.S. How to careate an image? Macrium? Something 'easy' would be preferable :)

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germ-x
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If you use EaseUS which is as easy as PW and Macrium you can copy your corrupt partition to your drive as you described above.
You need to make an image of your current good Windows first. This way if and I say if anything goes wrong you will still have a good image to fall back on.
Remember to make the rescue / recovery CD before trying this.

If I understand you your going to boot into your corrupt drive with EaseUS then copy that drive onto your good drive.
Only suggestion I would have is format your target drive so your not fighting O/S's. This way you will have a blank drive to copy to.

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hatryst
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Too bad. Macrium doesn't recognize the corrupt partition, it labels it as 'unformatted partition'.

Posted 5 years ago
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germ-x
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You will have to use EasUS and there is an option to copy the partition. I am sure you can copy to your spare hdd. EaseUS recognizes everything
Macrium will only make an image of the partition you move off the corrupted partiton.
Once you copy everything then you can use the testdisk utility to recover the partition

Posted 5 years ago
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hatryst
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"EaseUS Partition Recovery"
That's what I have to use? Just making sure...

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germ-x
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Yep

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germ-x
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hatryst,
Was just wondering if you junped off the cliff yet or if your making headway

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hatryst
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Hi Tom. I have YET to try the last solution you suggested, got some more assignments, was busy doing them. Today, I'll try copying the partition to spare HDD and running testdisk for recovery. Thanks a lot for the concern, much appreciated :)

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hatryst
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Update:
So instead of going the straight (yet difficult) route of recovering the bad partition, I've decided to use my spare HDD as primary. Installed all my essential programs in it, and recovered stuff (firefox bookmarks/history, iTunes library data, etc) from the bad partition (using EaseUS Data recovery free version), and voila, my bookmarks and history are back. Now just installing programs, trying to make Windows look like as it used to be, did all the settings as they were earlier. The bad partition is still there, untouched. Maybe I'll come back to recovering it someday, but for now, I'm fine with the HDD I'm using. I was too much fed up of the hassle that I was going through (although it was basic stuff, but I'm still a noob when it comes to data recovery and backups). Another reason is that I've found out that the bad HDD contains bad sectors (not physical, I believe). So I plan on using it as rarely as possible, and surely not using it as a primary drive.
So for now, the problem is solved. I'll restart the issue sometime later, if required. Otherwise, I'll probably format the bad partition and start using it for data, as long as it lasts.

And yes, I'll set up a backup system as well, I've learned a lesson. it was a close shave, all my data could've gone, but luckily, it's safe and the Windows partition died instead. My first priority now, is to backup my data from that HDD.

I'd like to thank everyone who helped me in this thread, especially Rick and Tom, for helping me out with so much detail. Can't express my gratitude, thank you guys :)

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germ-x
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Glad to hear your up and running. Don't feel too bad as many others get bit by the same bug that got you before we learn how necessary and important imaging is.

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