I realise this sounds like an extract from "thedailywtf" but hopefully someone can point me the right way here. I would like to know if I have any way of getting back at my Windows 7 install.
Summary: I had Windows 7 Ultimate running. The primary partition was encrypted using TrueCrypt.
There was also a logical partition D: drive
I partitioned the D: drive to create F: as a primary partition, with 40GB for the purpose of installing Windows 8 preview.
Went ahead and installed windows 8...
Booted up, logged into W8 no problem.
However now I don't get the option to load windows 7, either using the Windows 8 "Choose Operating System" screen, or selecting O/S
Of course I realise now that I should have decrypted my original C: (possibly removed TrueCrypt) first on Windows 7 before doing any of this...
The bottom line is now I cannot get into Windows 7 at all now. I suspect this is because the W8 installation installed over the bootmgr on the encrypted drive. Now I can't of course use the encrypted drive through Windows 8.
Do I have any way around this?
I attach a screen shot of what I see in Windows 8 using BCD Editor. I have also tried EasyBSD... no joy. I also installed TrueCrypt on Windows 8 to see if I could mount the original Windows 7 partition, but I can't.
I have my Windows 7 install cd, but not the TrueCrypt restore.
Thanks very much in advance for any assistance here.
Edit/update: By miracle I found the truecrypt rescue CD. Booted off it, and managed to get into the Repair Options. I have selected "Permanently decrypt system partition/drive". This should allow me to make the change I need to launch Win 7. Will report back in 24 hours