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I just deleted Windows OS
« on: August 30, 2018, 07:06:15 PM »
Hello!

I was searching for a section that says Computers HUGE PROBLEMS and SOLUTIONS, but I found this one as the most similar...

What happened:

1. I had a visit from someone I respect very much, on Monday. My ex advisor-Professor at University.
2. We talked about her old computer, that it needs to be fixed, that needs Windows 10 (it was with 7).
3. She didn't mind if all her documents and settings were deleted.
4. I told her that I could upgrade the computer, and so she brought me the computer today... I have a usb stick -> Windows 10 installation media, so I thought that everything would be simple.

BUT OF COURSE NOTHING IS SIMPLE IN LIFE!  :o

What I did and didn't do:

1. I inserted the usb stick in the usb port of the computer (Sony Vaio).
2. I didn't check the Windows Version.
3. I started the computer.
4. The installation began. I chose to delete everything.
5. I formatted the two partitions (and so I deleted everything.  :-X ).
6. I got the message that Windows cannot be installed. I should check the disk controller in the bios.
7. I stopped the installation, went to the Bios but there is not such a thing.
8. I ... checked the Windows label on the back: Windows Vista.

AND NOW I'M IN A PANIC!


What can I do?

The facts:


1. The computer has no operation system!

2. I probably can't install Windows 10 (for any case I am downloading the ISO file to burn it to a dvd, but I will not have a dvd till tomorrow I hope!).

3. I thought that I would not need LzD this time. Besides, it's not the first time I would reinstall Windows...

4. I am not as clever as I think.

5. The owner is my Professor!

HELP....  :-\

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 09:03:07 PM »
Hiya.

It's possible that you could recover all the partitions and data by using TestDisk (or the tool I think TestDisk uses, MBRWork) - and have a bootable working Windows installation again.

You need to study the options available to you - if in doubt, do nothing until you've consulted further; there may be other free options that are perhaps easier, other helpers who might suggest something different.

I've not used TestDisk for this but I have used MBRWork a few times, all successfully, but way back in time, ~2000 - 2004 on 95/98/NT4. It's DOS -based and uses a simple menu (or it was). The supplied text file (below) isn't very helpful, you also need to check the menu to get a better feel for how to use it. (Maybe test drive it on a 'sacrificial' drive, if you have one.)

MBRWork - Freeware utility to perform some common and uncommon MBR
          and disk functions.  Provided As-Is.

It can perform the following:

1 - Backup the first track on a hard drive.

2 - Restore the backup file.

3 - Reset the EMBR area to all zeros.

4 - Reset the MBR are to all zeros.

5 - Install standard MBR Code

6 - Set a partition active (avail on the command line too)

7 - Work with multiple hard drives.

8 - Remove EZ-Drive (You must boot directly to a diskette (by passing ez-drive)
    for this option to show)

9 - Edit MBR partition entry values.

A - If no partitions exist in the MBR and no EMBR exists then this option
    will allow you to recover lost FAT, HPFS, NTFS, and Extened partitions.

C - Capture up to 64 disk sectors to a file.

R - Restore up to 64 disk sectors from a file.  This feature should only
    be used by those who completely understand what they are doing!

T - Transfer/Copy sectors from disk to disk.  This feature should only
    be used by those who completely understand what they are doing!

P - Compare sectors.

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 09:46:08 PM »
As soon as I can have in front of me the computer (tomorrow morning) I will try MBRWork.
Thanks for the hope given! It sounds like ... magic!

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 10:37:32 PM »
Do you remember the names/sizes of the two deleted partitions? (Trying to work out which commands to use.)

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2018, 01:32:04 AM »
This is what I remember:

Disk 0 (partition 1) -> OEM (12gb)
Disk 0 (partition 2) -> (360gb)


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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 01:50:46 AM »
But the partitions  are still exist. I didn't delete them. I formatted them...

I know they are there because when trying to install Windows 10, I reach the screen with the partitions, but cannot move on (check the disk controller in bios).

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2018, 09:02:38 AM »
To include the above info in a topic:

I didn't delete the partitions. I formatted them.

Disk 0 (Partition 1) -> 12 GB (OEM RESERVED)
Disk 0 (Partition 2) -> 360 GB (SYSTEM)

I tried two different sticks with Windows 10 but the installation can't be completed, because I get the Check the Disk Controller error in Bios.

I tried a Windows 7 DVD, not mine, with the same result as above.

In Bios there is not such an option. It's a Sony Vaio computer, and I can only change the boot options and the date/time. Nothing else.

I don't know what to do with the MBRWork. Install it in a usb stick? And then?

Would it be better to delete the partitions and let the installation create new?

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 12:37:33 PM »
Okay, let's step back and have full details of the Sony Vaio, please.

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 12:44:08 PM »
I can say only these:

Sony Vaio
Intel Centrino 2
Service tag: C6015ZL7

I don't know where to find more information.

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 01:53:57 PM »
Sony don't make anything easy, does this help to find the model number?

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 02:22:21 PM »
GLORY GLORY Hallelujah and .... GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!



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Sony don't make anything easy...

This is what I found too about Sony! Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 1

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It has a simple solution. Sony BIOS settings are one of the worst bios settings i have ever seen.
The error saying disk controller enabled means laptop is find more than one boot option from bios.

I checked the Bios again, and the second boot option was the Optical drive, not the Hard Disk. Although this is strange, since the first option was to boot from the usb, the change I made here solved the problem, and Windows 10 are now being installed!!! I am at the Updates stage and I hope everything will go smoothly here, because ... I can't have another Updates problem now!!!

Thanks, satrow!

P.S. Just for clarification about the Windows 7 disk I tried before: I did this only to check if the problem had to do with the memory stick, and if a dvd would work with the installation. I had no dvd at home and I could not burn the Windows tool on a dvd to check it.

Windows needs activation, but I guess we have not such a thing now.

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2018, 02:31:03 PM »
Good work!

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2018, 09:08:45 PM »
Thanks again, satrow. I have just finished. Everything seems fine.

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2018, 09:37:01 PM »
Good to hear it :)

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Re: I just deleted Windows OS
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2018, 12:12:19 AM »
With a little help from a friend (which made me think of this old song, https://youtu.be/a3LQ-FReO7Q), well done, Panos and thanks, friend satrow!


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