8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2011 2:51 PM by Csound1
Darryl Mylrea Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

I updated my new iMac 27 2011 from SL to Lion today.  After all was said and done, Lion was installed successfully.

I rebooted to boot into my Windows 7 Bootcamp.  I held down the option key and my Windows 7 was renames RECOVERY!!

 

I tried choosing it, and sure enough, it boots into recovery mode (some scaled down version of OS X with some limited tools).

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL MY WINDOWS 7 stuff????? 

 

I have a 256GB SSD that is split 50/50 OSX and Windows 7.  It's still split, but no sign of Windows 7!

 

Anyone have any idea if it's still there and if it's accessible????

 

HELP!

 

Thanks!

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (249,645 points)

    See if this works: from another user.

     

    "I put in my Windows 7 intallation disk, booted past the first screen into the recovery tools, and tried the automatic recovery option, and wonders of wonders, it worked.  It's now showing up just fine and I can boot into it, so it looks like all Lion did was kill off access to it in the partition table without messing up the data, in a way that Windows could correct."

  • Darryl Mylrea Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    No, that didn't work.  When I boot off my Windows 7 DVD and choose REPAIR, there are no installations of Windows 7 to choose.

     

    To make matters look worse, in disk utility the Windows 7 Partition shows as FAT (MS-DOS).

    On my MBP 2011, I have the same setup and the bootcamp partition shows correctly as NTFS.

     

    While I was booted into Windows repair, I went to the command line and used DISKPART to look at things.

    The volume is there, it's 111GB as it's supposed to be, but shows the format as RAW and the free space as 111GB. 

     

    This really ticks me off that a simple update would completely bork my Windows 7.  Sure, I can redo it, but that's not the point.  Why is Lion even touching that partition?

     

    Anyone else have any other ideas?  PLEASE??

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,205 points)

    Darryl Mylrea wrote:

     

    No, that didn't work.  When I boot off my Windows 7 DVD and choose REPAIR, there are no installations of Windows 7 to choose.

     

    To make matters look worse, in disk utility the Windows 7 Partition shows as FAT (MS-DOS).

    On my MBP 2011, I have the same setup and the bootcamp partition shows correctly as NTFS.

     

    While I was booted into Windows repair, I went to the command line and used DISKPART to look at things.

    The volume is there, it's 111GB as it's supposed to be, but shows the format as RAW and the free space as 111GB. 

     

    This really ticks me off that a simple update would completely bork my Windows 7.  Sure, I can redo it, but that's not the point.  Why is Lion even touching that partition?

     

    Anyone else have any other ideas?  PLEASE??

    My idea is to wonder why you are not restoring the backup you sensibly made before choosing to bork your (presumably functioning) Snow Leopard installation

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (249,645 points)

    That being the case I would use Boot Camp to remove the partition then create a new one and reinstall Windows. You cannot recover what is no longer there.

     

    Boot Camp only creates a FAT formatted partition. It's the Windows installer that reformats it to NTFS.

  • Darryl Mylrea Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    "Presumably functioning"??  It's the installation of SL that came with my new iMac 27" 2011 model, about 1 month old.  So, yes, it was "presumably functioning" just fine, along with my Windows 7 installed via Bootcamp.

     

    It's a relatively new installation, so it's not that I lost critical data (it's on my server), but it's the time I have to take now to reinstall everything.  I'd sure like to know what you think I should be backing up with that would let me restore my Windows 7 partition from within Lion???  Is there such a thing? 

     

    Thanks, too, for your constructive "idea".  You've provided mountains of help.

     

    FWIW, I have been reading and following plenty about Lion since it came out.  I have not heard anything about it destroying the bootcamp partition. 

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,205 points)

    Darryl Mylrea wrote:

     

    "Presumably functioning"??  It's the installation of SL that came with my new iMac 27" 2011 model, about 1 month old.  So, yes, it was "presumably functioning" just fine, along with my Windows 7 installed via Bootcamp.

     

    It's a relatively new installation, so it's not that I lost critical data (it's on my server), but it's the time I have to take now to reinstall everything.  I'd sure like to know what you think I should be backing up with that would let me restore my Windows 7 partition from within Lion???  Is there such a thing? 

     

    Thanks, too, for your constructive "idea".  You've provided mountains of help.

     

    FWIW, I have been reading and following plenty about Lion since it came out.  I have not heard anything about it destroying the bootcamp partition. 

     

    I am not aware that I said anything about "let me restore my Windows 7 partition from within Lion???

     

    But I did suggest that prior to replacing an operating system backing up is a good idea, as you don't seem to agree we'll leave it at that.

  • Darryl Mylrea Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Maybe if you go back and reread your "idea", you will see that you did indeed question why I wasn't "restoring from a backup that I sensibly made".  Since Lion is the only OS that works right now on my iMac, I would infer from that you knew of a way to restore my Windows 7 from Lion.  Sorry if I misconstrued those words as a suggestion that a backup is a good idea. 

     

    As an IT specialist for the past 25 years, and in charge of many companies data, I do understand the importance of a good backup.  Like I stated, in my case, my irreplaceable data is on my server.  My hope was to save myself many hours of having to reinstall and reload my Windows apps. 

     

    Off to Bootcamp Assistant. 

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,205 points)

    How many programs are there for backing up Windows installations, let me count the ways.

     

    Like I said, we can disagree