Solved W7 reInstallation Freeze problem & more

September 20, 2011 at 09:07:34
Specs: Windows 7, i3/4Gb ddr3
I have a tide up situation. I'm trying to reinstall windows 7 on a Sony Vaio Laptop. The windows 7 installation crashes on "Completing installation" and the reason that I found is that the main drive is split into two partitions that are both Primary, but on the one I have personal info. I tryed installing XP but it gets BSOD in the installation because the Hard drive is set to ACHI and not to Compatability mode / IDE. The BIOS is locked and I have only a few options which do not help me. I already formated the OS partition so I can not reboot and Try to fix some of these issues so that I can reinstall and I have personal info that I do not want to lose, so a full format is out of the question.

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#1
September 20, 2011 at 10:30:19
"the reason that I found is that the main drive is split into two partitions that are both Primary"

With Windows XP and later versions, there is nothing wrong with having two primary partitions on the same hard drive, even if it's the boot drive.. My Windows 7 PC has two primaries, and I've fully re-installed Windows 7 twice (from a proper Microsoft setup DVD) with that configuration, no problem at all.

What you can't have, however, is two "active" partitions on the boot drive. Maybe that's what you meant to say?

Something else is causing your problem, it's not because two partitions are primary ones.


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#2
September 20, 2011 at 15:32:43
Thee laptop came with one partition and we split that into a new one for Files and left the old with 60Gb or so. I don't know if they are active what do you mean by that?

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#3
September 20, 2011 at 16:54:56
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To get your files off you could create a Live Linux CD (such as Puppy Linux) on another computer. You should then be able to drag and drop them from the HD to a Flash Drive.

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#4
September 21, 2011 at 08:42:16
Yes That is what I decided to do, I made a Ubuntu Cd but the graphics were messed up (the CD works on my Laptop properly). I will Try a windows live XP Cd, or some other linux. The other way is to get the HD out and empty it to another PC.

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#5
September 21, 2011 at 11:28:55
Yep, many ways to get your stuff off.

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#6
September 21, 2011 at 17:04:32
Linux Mint was the savior, I couldn't get the partition type issue fixed from there but it was enough that I got access to the files. A full format and a clean install and partition split followed. Thanks for the replies.

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#7
September 21, 2011 at 19:16:16
Good news. Thanks for the feedback

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