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Windows Can't See Windows 7 Installation on Hard Drive

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I have a Windows 7 64 bit installation on a laptop and all of a sudden it can't see the Windows installation. Initially I thought it might be a faulty disk but a thorough test with HD Tune Pro hasn't revealed any errors.

Installing the data in a caddy on another Windows computer just says I need to format the drive before use. I have booted Linux Mint from a USB Stick and can see the data is still there so don't want to format the disk and wipe the data.

Is there anything I can do to fix this problem without reinstalling Windows 7?
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by:rindi
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Put the disk back into the original PC, then boot your Windows 7 installation media and allow it to repair the installation. If it can't see the installation you will need to provide the PC's disk controller's driver.
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by:Michael Machie
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It seems the Master Boot Record may be corrupt.

Did you recently get a virus?
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by:alfaro
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Not that I can find. When I use the Windows 7 disk it can't see the Windows files..
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I had to give up and format the drive. It turned out that there was nothing important on the drive.
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by:alfaro
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Found solution myself
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