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Cannot access C: Drive?

  1. #21


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Cos that's your recovery partition! I see what your problem is now, your system was booting to that, and not the System drive. Your System drive is Drive J.

    Let me guess - You tried to install Win 7, it went through it's motions, but when it tried to boot after that last setup screen, it went straight into recovery?

    Delete that partition, it's the only way you will be able to install Windows 7. If there are drivers on it, copy em out to a different drive.

    I upgraded a guy to 7 from Vista, it worked perfect, but only booted to the recovery partition. That was before I knew to just delete the recovery partition. On any multi partition drive, it assigns C to the very first partition, and the 1st partition is always the recovery partition.

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  2. #22


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Multiple Partitions


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    The fact that you got a lot of partitions on one drive, is part of the problem, I use Multi Partitions in my Macs, but never in my PCs, because it is too problematic.
    I've used multiple partitions for many years (W98 - W7) without any problems (on desktop PCs).

    Currently:
    • Disc 1 - 7 partitions (3 OS partitions)
    • Disc 2 - 5 partitions
    • Disc 3 - 2 partitions
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  3. #23


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I never do that, I'm sure you know how to set these up on your own system, so it's not a problem for you - Does that 7-Partition drive have any recovery partitions?

    I tell most people who are not familiar with using partitions to just pare it down to only one partition for simplicity's sake and I always delete recovery partitions when they start interfering with the normal booting of a system.
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  4. #24


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I never do that, I'm sure you know how to set these up on your own system, so it's not a problem for you - Does that 7-Partition drive have any recovery partitions?
    There aren't any recovery partitions.

    I always pre-partition my HDD before installing my operating systems.
    Pre-partitioning seems to prevent W7 from creating the System Reserved partition.

    One of my friends has offered to sell me his 500 GB SSD, so I reorganised my HDDs at the start of the week.

    I actually culled a partition from my system.
    I set XP up to have a RAM disc and located the Page File and Temp folders on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I tell most people who are not familiar with using partitions to just pare it down to only one partition for simplicity's sake and I always delete recovery partitions when they start interfering with the normal booting of a system.
    That's fair enough.
    Two partitions are probably good enough for the average user (ignoring the System Reserved).

    I hate having anything other than the OS on my Windows partitions.
    I have found that additional programs and data create extra fragmentation (especially AV programs).
    Obviously that isn't a problem for SSD owners.

    When I reinstalled everything (last September) I actually went against my long standing practice and let Windows install the programs on the OS partition, instead of a dedicated partition.
    I regret it now.
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  5. #25


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, you have a system that works. So, you install all of your programs on one of the extra partitions? I've never thought of trying to do that. Of course, some programs refuse to allow you to install to any other location but the OS partition.

    Windows 7 will only make that 100 MB partition if you use the whole drive for only windows 7, I used to run XP and 7 dual boot from one partition, and it never made the 100 MB partition.
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  6. #26


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DeBuggyKeyBoard View Post
    Thanks for all the responses, guys.
    I had this happen on laptop I was setting up for my dad. I ended up having to delete all partition and reformat.
    How would one go about doing this?
    Does your PC have UEFI? if yes the only tip i can give you is
    to search about "Ubuntu UEFI"
    Sadly, yes. I looked it up, but it seems that everyone else gets to the point where ubuntu asks the user if they want to install or just use the trial, but whenever I boot from the ubuntu CD it comes up with this:
    Attachment 24855
    Try doing a Automatic Repair.
    I've tried the automatic repair a couple of times, to no avail.
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    I've ran the startup repair at least once before, but I'll try it right now.
    Thanks for all the help guys, didn't think I would get any responses.
    Reset the UEFI/BIOS firmware to

    1) Set PXE to last boot device.

    2) Set Windows Boot Manager to first boot device.
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  7. #27


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Advantages and Disadvantages


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Well, you have a system that works. So, you install all of your programs on one of the extra partitions? I've never thought of trying to do that. Of course, some programs refuse to allow you to install to any other location but the OS partition.
    I didn't when I reinstalled everything last September (I regret not doing it).
    It has advantages and disadvantages (IMO the advantages outweigh the disadvantages).

    I've used that system since W98 (apart from my last reinstall obviously).
    My friends kept complaining that they had to reinstall W98 every few weeks!
    They swore that it wasn't because of malware.
    The only thing that made sense to me, was the constant accessing of the OS partition (i.e. writing to it) was somehow causing "bit rot"/corruption.
    I only had to reinstall W98 when I actually got hit by malware.

    AVG (program updates) and Flash would automatically install themselves to OS partition.

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Windows 7 will only make that 100 MB partition if you use the whole drive for only windows 7, I used to run XP and 7 dual boot from one partition, and it never made the 100 MB partition.
    That has been my experience too.
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  8. #28


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I found W98 to be pretty solid, the only OSes I had to do multiple re-installs with were ME and Vist-Shite.
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  9. #29


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    Windows 8


    Sorry for the absence. Anyways, I tried going into My Computer and deleting the partition, however I was greeted with the following:
    Click image for larger version
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  10. #30


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, I told ya to copy it as quick as possible. You can't do it from Mini-XP, you have to use Acronis, from the boot area of Hiren's. You hit Alt-Ctrl-O-K all at once while it starts and it won't give you the error message.
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