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Hi, so i set up my first rig last night, booted first try, windows install went smoothly, set up intel SRT (gigabyte z68-ud4, WD CB 1TB, 64GB M4). things going well..

so i shut down and go to work today, now come back and i try to load and it tells me bootmgr missing.

how can i fix this?

some background on what i've tried:

decelerating the drive so that both drives show up again, and resetting to non-raid mode (the ssd was still listed as cache after i disabled accel) (once i get this back running i need to dl the latest m4 driver i forgot to the last time). and changing the boot priorities/order

trying the manual bootloader restore fixes with the bootrec etc from the DVD..several times its told me that paths dont exist or files cant be created when the guides dont mention this being a problem...at one point it DID recognize windows existing on the harddrive, but when i hit Y to apply the fix it said element not found


did i screw myself by decelerating?

one other note, i installed windows on the hdd the first time (yes they were set to 'raid') but i had an issue with this problem earlier i think because i tried booting the HDD before the SSD, even though the HDD was the OS drive...since i plugged in the SSD into the drive 1 slot...should this matter?

What can I do to fix this? or should I just wipe the HDD and reinstall windows?
thanks.
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Originally Posted by chucknorris101 View Post
Hi, so i set up my first rig last night, booted first try, windows install went smoothly, set up intel SRT (gigabyte z68-ud4, WD CB 1TB, 64GB M4). things going well..

so i shut down and go to work today, now come back and i try to load and it tells me bootmgr missing.

how can i fix this?

some background on what i've tried:

decelerating the drive so that both drives show up again, and resetting to non-raid mode (the ssd was still listed as cache after i disabled accel) (once i get this back running i need to dl the latest m4 driver i forgot to the last time). and changing the boot priorities/order

trying the manual bootloader restore fixes with the bootrec etc from the DVD..several times its told me that paths dont exist or files cant be created when the guides dont mention this being a problem...at one point it DID recognize windows existing on the harddrive, but when i hit Y to apply the fix it said element not found


did i screw myself by decelerating?

one other note, i installed windows on the hdd the first time (yes they were set to 'raid') but i had an issue with this problem earlier i think because i tried booting the HDD before the SSD, even though the HDD was the OS drive...since i plugged in the SSD into the drive 1 slot...should this matter?

What can I do to fix this? or should I just wipe the HDD and reinstall windows?
thanks.

this^ i did kind of the same thing..iastor..or whatever..asked me if if i wanted to speed up my hard drive (derp) by caching (derp) andi clicked "yes" (double derp :..have only the OS drive in when you install..
 
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this^ i did kind of the same thing..iastor..or whatever..asked me if if i wanted to speed up my hard drive (derp) by caching (derp) andi clicked "yes" (double derp :..have only the OS drive in when you install..
ah ok, i remember that screen briefly should have not accepted. thanks.
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Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive and then start the computer.
Press a key when you are prompted.
Click Repair your computer.
Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

bcdedit /export C:\\BCD_Backup
c:
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\\boot\\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd
     
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Unplug hdd and reinstall to ssd it puts bootloader on hdd. intact format hdd ist or will have issues later
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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post
Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive and then start the computer.
Press a key when you are prompted.
Click Repair your computer.
Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

bcdedit /export C:\\BCD_Backup
c:
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\\boot\\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd
tried this, wouldnt let me past first step. lol.. thanks tho
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Ironically, I had the SAME problem about 4 nights ago. I performed a clean install of windows on my primary 500gb WD black drive, downloaded and installed all Windows updates, and shut down the computer for the night. Well, the next morning, I turn on the computer, and my computer tells me that my bootmgr is missing.

But, here is the strange thing. Prior to installation I set my boot order as follows: WD 500gb, then my WD 1tb backup drive, and then CD drive. On the last windows update, instead of actually restarting the computer, I simply shut it down. As soon as I received the error message the next morning, I checked my boot order. Strangely, the boot order of my drives mysteriously changed over night. The new boot order placed my 500gb boot drive as the last device to boot from. ***, right?

So, I immediately switched the boot order back, and tried to boot from my 500gb drive, and this time my computer tells me to please insert the OS disk (I guess the initial missing bootmgr eror was due to my BIOS trying to boot from my backup drive). After inserting the disk, I just simply tried to repair my installation. After several failed attempts at repairing, I gave up and just reinstalled Windows again. I also tried the manual bootloader restore fixes from the DVD several times with constant fails. Even more strange, as I tried to do clean install, I received some kinda "install is unable to be performed on this drive" error, AFTER formatting the drive correctly and everything.

So, something wasn't installed correctly during the Windows update, or either I didn't properly "restart" the computer (as you may know, several updates seem to need a reboot to finish the install), and shutting down my computer just messed with everything. Who knows, but i apologize with the story and it may not help your situation .

I did manage to get windows to install after unplugging all of my drives and installing each, one at a time.

The moral is: you just may have to reinstall windows, again. Good luck!
Edited by tcaughey - 11/4/11 at 4:32pm
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