After I restored the PC it will not boot RRS feed

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  • Mt 250 GB drive was failing. I bought a new 320 GB drive. Installed it and then ran the recovery CD and formated it at that time. There were two options to recover a 100MB system reserved and then the larger 200GB worth of data. I picked the larger. It successfully recovered the data after about 4 hours but upon reboot it asking for a valid disk to boot from. I used the Win7 disk and ran a system repair for booting and it found the problem of no valid partition table. The logs say it fixed the problem, but it does not and I cannot boot.
    Friday, April 30, 2010 11:48 AM

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  • Please do another restore, and restore all partitions including the system reserved partition. You'll have to repartition the disk, I'm afraid.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, April 30, 2010 11:52 AM
  • I'm doing another restore right now, but the problem is that I have to choose between either the 100MB system reserved or the larger 200GB section. I checked the disk management and it is set to a valid active partition. So I first restored the 100MB, and now the 200GB. It says that what is on the drive will be erased so I don't know if the system reserved will be there after I restore the larger. Is it common for Win7 to have these two partitions, and is there an order to restoring them? 

    I did restore the system reserved first and when I booted it came up, but said there wasn't a valid windows partition and gave me some options for installation or restore from an image.

    To make it more clear, how can I restore both partitions at once it seems to be either/or?

    Friday, April 30, 2010 12:43 PM
  • You just need to create two partitions. Windows 7 does this by default. The System Reserved partition should be set as active, as this is where the boot files will be. (This is useful for Bitlocker, among other things)
    Monday, May 3, 2010 11:55 PM
  • When restoring drives with more than one partition, I personally prefer using another client to restore the drive. This way, I can easilly use the built in partition tools in windows while still having the ClientRestoreWizard.exe asking me to select the partitions to restore to. The restore wizard will update automatically and you'll be able to tell when the partition size is correct. To use this approach, you'll need another computer with the whs connector installed. Connect the new drive to this computer and locate the Program files\windows home server\ClientRestoreWizard.exe.
    You should also be aware that it is important that the new partition you create can fit the old backup. If you need 100.1 MB and you create 100 MB, you'll not be able to restore the partition. It will work with a larger partition size than the backup, but not smaller.

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:08 AM