I have a laptop that I resized its partition to only fit the data. After that I had about `700 MB of free space left. Computer booted and it worked fine. I tried it a couple more times and it was fine. I thought it was good to go in regards to cloning so I proceeded to image the drive with Clonezilla on default settings.
After that, I formatted the drive and attempted to restore the image (using all default options) to verify it. Well, this is where my problem resides: when I try to boot, I just get that little blinking cursor at the top left.
What I tried:
- I went into my Windows 7 DVD disk and tried the Startup repair. It said that it was successful in repairing it, but still had the same problem. Tried it 5 more times, to no avail.
bootrec /fixboot, /fixmbr, /rebuildbcd. Still nothing.
bootsect /nt60 sys /mbr. Can u guess, yea same thing?
- Tried setting the partition to "Active" in
- Tried deleting the "boot" folder and even "bootmgr" and replacing them from the DVD.
Luckily, I have Hiren's BootCD on my USB and booted into it. I selected the "Boot from Windows 7/Vista (bootmgr)" option and it worked. The image was successfully booted. It booted off the bootmgr in Hiren's BootCD. It still worked but I need the bootmgr to work without the assistance of the BootCD.
How the hell do I fix this mess?
I found the solution. I was just sitting down, studying for my exams when an idea popped in my head. What if I delete all BCD entries manually then add a fresh one after? Well that's what I did.
- Booted into installation DVD
- Went into command prompt
bcdedit /deletevalue (whatever value it was)for each value in the BCD
bootrec /scanosand verified that my OS was located
- Finally, ran
- And the computer boots up fine.