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somethings really messed up here.

I have a 750gb sata drive primary partition is 250 MB 2nd partition is the rest.

Windows 7 is installed on the primary partition.

I cant boot into windows it just sends me to the recovery environment.

When i get to the system recovery options screen no operating systems are listed.

I tried to go to load drivers and when i click on my computer the C drive is listed but with no usage stats

D drive is listed (371Gb of 454 Free) displayed,

I can browse the data on the d drive but cant access the c drive at all.

I dont think its a physical problem with the disk such as a hardware faliure as both partitions are on the same disk.

Everything had been working fine, last thing i tried to do before this mess was to try and install dot net 4 client, i couldnt install it kept getting errors i did a reboot and i am now in this mess.

i tried from the command prompt in the recovery console BootCfg /scanOs and no installations of windows were found.

any ideas what i can do to get windows back running???

I'm going to run startup repair overnight, but to be honset i dont think this will do anything as in the select operating system dialog when you first enter the recovery tools no operating systems are displayed, i really dont want to have to reinstall windows again unless i can help it.

I just dont understand how the primary partition C drive can just stop working and the D partition be working ok???

From the command prompt i can cd d: and browse

if i try cd c: i get The parameter is incorrect...

UPDATE:

Startup repair has the message repairing disk errors this might take over an hour to complete

FIngers crossed this does the job, will see when i wake up tomorrow...

No joy 12 hrs later is stil attempting to fix disk errors on Operating system: Unknown on (Unknown) Local Disk

Another update:

When i goto reinstall windows i get the screen where do you want to reinstall windows with Disk0 partition 1 total size 243.8gb Freespace 243.8 GB type System Disk 0 partition2: Data total size 154.5gb free space 371.0 GB Primary

So windows can see the c drive when it wants to do an install

It however just shows me the circle cursor indicating its "thinking" wont let me select anything, click drive options nada....

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I reinstalled Windows and did manage to get access to the C drive eventually but there was no data on it.

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One possible solution:

  1. Shut down the PC, open it up and reseat your hard disk connector.
  2. Turn on your PC and use Windows 7's built-in Repair faculties
  3. If this doesn't work, insert the Windows 7 DVD and repair.
  4. Finally, if this doesn't work, do a reinstallation on the same partition without formatting so that you can keep your data
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