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Friend of mine called tonight and said he was trying to compress his "c" drive since he was running out of space, apparently M$ cant tell the difference between the boot portion and the rest of the drive and compressed it too...now it wont boot, just says boot drive compressed pres ctr+alt+del to restart

I'm going over there tomorrow but I want to go armed, will a simple boot repair from the install disk fix this or will I need to do more?

(btw its win7 64)
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You are thinking of this in terms of linux not windows. Windows doesn't have a dedicated boot partition like linux. The boot drive for windows is the C drive. So by compressing the C drive, you compressed windows.

I haven't dealt with this situation, but my best thought would be to hook the drive to another windows machine and decompress it. Also compressing isn't the best solution to freeing up space. He should go through his hard drive and trash anything that isn't needed. Alternatively he could get a second drive and use that for his big stuff.
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You compressed the ntldr. You must decompess it in console (in repair mode) with the attrib command
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cd \

attrib -c c:\ntldr

restart
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post

You are thinking of this in terms of linux not windows. Windows doesn't have a dedicated boot partition like linux. The boot drive for windows is the C drive. So by compressing the C drive, you compressed windows.

I haven't dealt with this situation, but my best thought would be to hook the drive to another windows machine and decompress it. Also compressing isn't the best solution to freeing up space. He should go through his hard drive and trash anything that isn't needed. Alternatively he could get a second drive and use that for his big stuff.

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You compressed the ntldr. You must decompess it in console (in repair mode) with the attrib command
.
cd \

attrib -c c:\ntldr

restart

thanks guys I'll try this out today and go from there, I'll give out reps after I get it fixed thanks again!
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Lol I'm compressed and it works fine for me.
    
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Lol I'm compressed and it works fine for me.

how did you compress the drive

he went C-->properties--> check compress this drive to save space

I've seen people compress the drive and stop in a few hours in and it be ok (I'm guessing it didnt get to the Windows folder)

but he let it run to completion, windows was running fine...till the reboot
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[quote name="Minnetonka16" url="/t/1430991/compressed-boot-drive#post_20913983"]Lol I'm compressed and it works fine for me.[/quote]how did you compress the drive he went C-->properties--> check compress this drive to save spaceI've seen people compress the drive and stop in a few hours in and it be ok (I'm guessing it didnt get to the Windows folder)but he let it run to completion, windows was running fine...till the reboot

That's how I did it.

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