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post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by eshold;12744341 
The problem is that XP and Vista/7 use entirely different bootloaders.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html

This guide should get you back up and running. You will need to be able to boot into one of your windows installations and use EasyBCD to fix this.

hmm.. weird how that wuld have all of a sudden become an issue after months of win 7 working.

i'll give your link a try, seems intense tho lol, never dual booted before.
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post #22 of 27
Disregard anything to do with XP posted above. An XP (NTLDR, Boot.ini files) and a Vista/Win7 Bootloader (BCD) are two different things. In a standard install, XP's Boot.ini and NTldr files cannot boot Vista or 7. Conversly, unless modified, Vista/7's BCD cannot boot XP.

I can suspect that your Win7 bootloader (BCD; or Boot Configuration Data) and the actual win7 OS files are on different HDDs on the system. This is a typical standard install for win7 if more than one HDD is present in a system during the initial install. Somehow, the pointer to these files has gotten corrupted.

(dumb thought, but a HDD wasn't removed from the system by chance?)

Based on the Bootmanager not being located during a boot, the win7 DVD cannot find a windows7 installation to repair, since the bootmanger is the code that points the disk to the installation, that is why the repair function fails.

Boot to your Win7 DVD and go to the recovery console.

The steps you need to follow for Windows 7 are:

• First check that your boot device is configured properly

• Second boot into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) and perform a "Startup Repair", which I believe you said failed.

• Boot to WinRE again, and go to the "Command Prompt" and execute this command:

Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

This should locate your win7 installation, an then rebuild windows7's BCD files.

EDIT: The advice above to use EasyBCD is the best advice possible for your scenario, provided you can boot the computer.
Theroretically, Windows 7 shouldn't see, or be looking for an NTldr file.. That is for an XP operating system. Did I missunderstand that maybe you have a dual boot system XP and 7? If this is the case, the dual boot should still be looking for a BCD and boot manager.
Edited by xandypx - 3/15/11 at 2:29pm
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sooo.. i took the comp into ncix and the guy said my HD is fried (the control arm doesnt work) and that he cant recover any data.

he said i could take it to one of their thrid party specialists to see if thay can recover the info but that it is an upfront fee up $500 and they can;t gaurentee anything..

arg... any way i can recover some of the data or am i screwed?
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i had to put my old hdd in the freezer for a few hours then plug it in and drag over like 500mb a time in order to recover all my old pics/videos of the kids before the hd ceased again...
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Originally Posted by wreckless;12767490 
sooo.. i took the comp into ncix and the guy said my HD is fried (the control arm doesnt work) and that he cant recover any data.

he said i could take it to one of their thrid party specialists to see if thay can recover the info but that it is an upfront fee up $500 and they can;t gaurentee anything..

arg... any way i can recover some of the data or am i screwed?

Have you tried hooking it up yourself? You should try that first and see if you can take any data off by yourself. And by hooking it up I mean as secondary drive.
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post #26 of 27
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so:

1] try hooking it up to a comp as a seocnd HD and see if it works

2] put it in the freezer, then try 1] again


any others?
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post #27 of 27
be sure the BIOS didnt change your boot priority...this happened to me when my dual BIOS auto-recovery kicked in and ii couldnt figure it out...first i thought it was the raid stripe but after an hour of troubleshooting, there it was in the BIOS!
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