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Windows 8 boot error

  1. #1


    England
    Posts : 19
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Windows 8 boot error


    This could be quite long as I'm trying to give all details that could possibly be needed. Please read it though, I could really do with some help, I'm at my wits end!
    A few weeks ago when I had windows 7 ultimate, I came across a "BOOTMGR is missing" error. This was just after cloning my old failing WD HDD (lets call it HDD2) onto a old, but perfect condition Maxtor HDD (lets call it HDD1) (not very old. Still sata). So for some reason it looked like the cloning software (EASEUS I think) for some reason hadn't cloned BOOTMGR or any boot files. Eventually I ended up sticking in HDD2 for some reason, and suddenly it worked. So I think it must of had HDD2 down as the boot drive. I assumed it was using the boot procedures in HDD2 to get into the OS on HDD1, most likely incorrect as the thing I understand least about computers is boot procedures. Always been a problem area for me. Most likely due to my stupid laziness, I never thought to fix it cause it was doing the job for me. Two days ago I 'upgraded' to windows 8 pro x64 and that all went fine, apart from a few partitioning errors (definitely not related to this). Today I got a new Seagate HDD and I was going to clone HDD1 to that and upgrade to it. I got my cloning software disc at the ready, took out HDD2 (forgetting about my little BOOTMGR setup) and stuck in the brand new Seagate. Then I tried to boot and obviously got the BOOTMGR error again. So put HDD2 back in and booted up, naturally it worked again. I researched this a bit (ubuntu - How do I move the Windows 7 Boot Files (bootmgr, ...) to a different drive? - Super User) and ended up downloading EasyBCD and changing the boot drive to C:\, cause it was set as I:\ (the system reserved partition on HDD2). Which also might explain the BOOTMGR Missing errors when I took out HDD2, cause it was looking for I:\ to boot from, but couldn't find it and didn't bother looking for it on the OS Drive (bit stupid imo). I'm 90% sure when it changed the boot drive to C:\ it told me it would repair any BCD or BOOTMGR errors it found. So once I had done that, I thought "awesome, I'll be able to clone and upgrade now". So I quickly restarted and took out HDD2, just to check it had worked and...no. It came up with a different error this time.

    An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain and operating system.
    Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart


    So naturally I googled it, but could only find the error from people with W7, which was weird. But came to this Windows failed to start and can't find operating system Solved - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums and did these and a few other bootrec commands in cmd from the repair disc
    Code:
    bootsect /nt60 C: /mbr
    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec/fixboot
    They did not work.

    So yeah, I'm stuck. If you have read all of this, thank you so much. Sorry it was so long!
    Just remembered, I also tried 'System Restore', but that didn't work. Just spat out error 0x8000ffff.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Boot the Repair CD & mark the boot partition ACTIVE.
    Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    Startup Repair - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


    England
    Posts : 19
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Just tried it that, even ran automatic repair 7 times. Didn't work
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  4. #4


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


    Sometimes Automatic Repair wont work, if the drive has read element failure, which Windows 8 causes when it is shut down ungracefully sometimes. You will need to scan your Hard Drive with the Dos program made by OEM who made the drive, WDDiag or Seagate Seatools. Maxtor has a similar tool, stick them all on a Bootable CD and run them one by one, testing each drive, do a full scan on the drive that has your System files, if that's WD then you need WDDiag.
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  5. #5


    England
    Posts : 19
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'll try that now. How do I put more than one of them on one disc?
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  6. #6


    England
    Posts : 19
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Just found out Seagate acquired Maxtor a number of years ago, and can't find a Maxtor website. Google searches of Maxtor direct me straight to Seagate. Should I use Seagate Tools?
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  7. #7


    England
    Posts : 19
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Got angry and just reinstalled Windows 8
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