bootmgr missing again!!! (ahhh!)

  arminmckidd 17:28 11 Nov 10
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Ok this problem has been around for as long as i can remember. Ok thats an exaggeration but in computer terms its been long.

I have 3 hard drives:
-Western Digital 150 GB (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit)
(OS Drive)
-Western Digital 1TB (music, media, movies etc.)
-Hitachi 2TB (work files)

I have been getting a disk failure message ("windows detected a hard disk problem") first thing on boot up ON THE Western Digital 1TB

So i need to send this drive off for replacement because its still within warranty BUT EVERY TIME i remove it and boot up again i get the famous "BOOTMGR IS MISSING" message which is driving me nuts!

So now i cant remove it because it wont boot without it and i cant send it off because the replacement might not work and still give me the same BOOTMGR message!!!

Well i tried many methods:
-change the boot sequence = NOTHING!
-insert installation cd and repair = NOTHING!
-switch round SATA cables in different combinations = NOTHING!
-read endless forums and the result = NOTHING!

What do i do???

  bremner 17:43 11 Nov 10

From what you have described it seems that the bootmgr may be installed on the 1TB drive.

Go to All Programs > Accessories and right click on the Coomand Prompt and choose "Run as Administrator"

At the rpomy type bcdedit and hit return.

Copy out the result and post it here

  bremner 17:44 11 Nov 10

prompt

  arminmckidd 18:32 11 Nov 10

sorry for the long wait guys. here are my findings:

C:\Users\MAM7>bcdedit

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {3dcc1700-ca52-11de-a9e8-ef35cbd1495e}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {3dcc1702-ca52-11de-a9e8-ef35cbd1495e}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {3dcc1700-ca52-11de-a9e8-ef35cbd1495e}
nx OptIn

  arminmckidd 18:34 11 Nov 10

looks better this way:

C:\Users\MAM7>bcdedit

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {3dcc1700-ca52-11de-a9e8- ef35cbd1495e}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {3dcc1702-ca52-11de-a9e8-ef35cbd1495e}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {3dcc1700-ca52-11de-a9e8-ef35cbd1495e}
nx OptIn

  arminmckidd 18:35 11 Nov 10

guess its the same then...

  bremner 18:41 11 Nov 10

When you compare it with mine I think we can see the problem.

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {d9c08cc0-d31e-11de-b577-b5e94f89f93c}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {d9c08cc2-d31e-11de-b577-b5e94f89f93c}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {d9c08cc0-d31e-11de-b577-b5e94f89f93c}
nx OptI

My bootmanager and bootloader are on the C:/ partition, where you would expect to find them.

On yours your boot manager is on C but the bootloader is on device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1 - this I am guessing is the 1TB drive

When you have inserted the W7 DVD and run repair did you have the 1TB drive in?

  bremner 18:43 11 Nov 10

The penultimate paragraph should say

On yours your boot loader is on C but the boot manager is on device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1 - this I am guessing is the 1TB drive

  arminmckidd 18:50 11 Nov 10

oh crap what does that mean?

to answer your last question. I ran the repair in both instances, when it was disconnected and again inserted. same result.

  bremner 18:54 11 Nov 10

Have a read through this
click here

  arminmckidd 19:10 11 Nov 10

thanks for the forum post page but do you think this will work for me. keeping in mind that i dont want to risk data loss on any of my 3 drives?

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