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    Macbook Pro running dual boot for Leopard 10.5 and Windows 7.

    Accidentally compressed the C drive in Windows 7, and ran into the bootmgr issue on a restart.

    Unfortunately, didn’t find this post at the time, and tried a restore from an image created by Windows 7, only to find it wasn’t an updated image, but for a clean install. So none of my data.

    I could see the old original partition in my Mac side of the system, but couldn’t do anything to change it without possibly making matters worse since I was running out of space on both sides of the system, both on Mac & W7.

    Took my system to Mac/PC specialists, and they really didn’t help, they put in a much larger drive, tried backing up my data, did a poor job of it, but thank God I have my original drive from my system with my original Mac HD and the Windows 7 that has all my data, but still compressed, and threw it into an enclosure, plugged in the USB and I can see that original partition for Windows, that is compressed.

    So here’s the question…

    Any possible way to utilize the instructions on the link below, or get instructions on how to decompress that partition that is now on an external, which was my original C drive for Windows 7 that has all my data, including my monsterous 2.53GB Outlook.pst file that I can’t get to due to the compression?

    There are instructions on the link below that were given by eLHAMiiD_ – 18 January 2010

    These seem like they’ve worked for a number of folks, but while the windows is in their internal drive, my issue is that its now on an external, and not visible on the windows side, only mac.

    Any advice or recommendations on doing this would be tremendously appreciated, I do have a 4TB External, partitioned as well, waiting on standby for solid backups too.

    Thanks so much!

    #1667 Reply

    Are you still able to dual boot on your new drive, or do you only have access to Mac OS now ?

    #1668 Reply

    Hi Snakefoot,

    Thank you for responding, I was working on the system, and just realized on my daughter’s computer that you had responded.

    Yes, I can still dual boot with the new drive, windows 7 was re-installed on the new internal drive.

    #1669 Reply

    When booting into Win7 are you able to see the old drive ?

    What happens if you try to access files on the old drive from Win7 ?

    #1670 Reply

    Currently you can see it on Win7 (newly installed), but it doesn’t show it as compressed under properties there, if you pull or try to use Outlook for example and load the outlook.pst file, it states its not a personal folders file as its actually been compressed, so it won’t recognize, and its what I am desperately trying to get corrected. I have already been able to recover documents, music, etc. But the outlook.pst is many years worth for business and its 2.53GB and I have to get it.

    If you look at my old C drive/partition for windows on the MAC side, it still shows it as compressed.

    I’ve tried winclone, it comes back with errors due to compression, Paragon back up, but while compressed of course. I’ve also tried working with just a copy of the outlook.pst and the tools for recovering don’t work, again, due to compression of that drive/partition.

    #1671 Reply

    Hi Snakefoot,

    Quick update to the previous response:

    When boot to windows, I do get a screen that I have to select the Windows OS as it is showing two options now:

    Windows 7

    Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)

    If I click on the one that has “(recovered)”

    I get a Boot Manager Screen that reads:

    Windows Failed to Start. Recent hardware or software changes might be the cause.

    To Fix the problem:

    1) Use the Install Disk and load from the disk

    2) Select Language and settings

    3) Click repair

    (Did this multiple times, doesn’t work) Half the time it won’t boot to the disk, it just wants to use the disk to boot Windows itself and it boots the “New” Windows 7 installation)

    File: WindowsSystem32winload.exe

    Status: 0x000000e

    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

    Do you think there is something we can work with there?

    Thanks again

    #1672 Reply

    So you have access to all the files on the old drive, and you also have access to the pst-file, eventhough it is compressed.

    Then I would copy the pst-file to the new drive, and then right-click the pst-file and choose properties. The file properties dialog allows you to uncheck the compressed-flag.

    #1673 Reply

    Thank you so much for your response!

    I will most definitely give that a shot when rebooting back into windows, since its a new installation, nothing really there yet.

    In taking a much closer look at the drive, I have now noticed that there are a lot of old docs, apposed to newer ones appearing, of the ones that are newer, they have a strange date of December 31, 1903 and is making them inaccessible, maybe this has something to do with the compression, but it amazes me that taking it into certified Microsoft & MAC pros, they didn’t even pick up on this, but definitely charged me a fortune for what they believed they recovered, but I already had a copy of.

    Any thoughts on that date issue with recent docs?

    Going to try what you suggested now…

    #1674 Reply

    I have little idea what you have done to the old drive, and what the Microsoft & MAC pros have done.

    So it is kind of hard to guide you. What steps did you perform when restoring from an image, to fix the Win7 installation on the old drive ?

    If the image restore was not done properly then it might have overwritten everything, and maybe the Microsoft & MAC pros have tried their best to recover the data that was deleted during the image restore. But it is hard to recover everything in such situations.

    #1675 Reply

    I did an image restore from the Win 7 image restore created after first upgrading and installing Windows 7, as mentioned, it didn’t pull from the most recent backup set that I thought I was restoring to.

    I did try what you mentioned, but in going to properties on the outlook.pst file, the read only and hidden are both unchecked and under advanced, it doesn’t show it as compressed, the box is unchecked. The partition from the Mac side, when you click on Get Info shows it still as compressed.

    I am now going to re-install office 2007 and see if I can get it to read the outlook.pst file again but another quick question on this, one thing I did notice is that it showed that the outlook.pst file opened with “shell command” is that correct or shouldn’t it reference Outlook?

    Thanks again… update again shortly…

    #1676 Reply

    No idea if Officie 2007 associate .pst files with Outlook by default. It is possible from within Outlook to open the .pst file, which is the recommended method.

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