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Windows 7: Stuck on Startup Recovery Loop! Can I backup my files?

01 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Stuck on Startup Recovery Loop! Can I backup my files?

Hello all, let me start by apoligizing if I am posting a repeat thread or if I am in the wrong place, because i am new to this forum, and I am usually a "reader", not a "poster"!

I have a pc that is setup with a 60 gb SSD for Windows and a 2TB RAID 0 for the rest of the stuff. Last night I decided to partition some of the RAID to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview and see what the fuss was about.

I partitioned it just fine, and everything was going smoothly, until I decided to use the windows tool to make my pendrive bootable with the Win8 ISO.

In the middle of the process, I was doing something else (unistalling firefox to be more exact) and suddenly a blue screen comes up!

Now my PC is stuck on the famous startup recovery loop, and I cant find a way to make it boot.

I tired:

- Manual CHKDSK
- That tutorial on this forum where you mess around with the prompt wnidow
- restarting 1 billion times
- booting up from the windows DVD and trying to repair the hard drive

And as you can imagine nothing happened and I am still stuck with my har drive being unbootable.

Now I cant help thinking that this was due to my pen drive being in the middle of that process in some way, but I have since removed it, burned it and buried in a forest, and still my problem persists.

Since I havent found another solution online, I think now that the only way for me to get my PC back running is by reformatting my SSD (while hopefully keeping all my RAID files intact) and reinstalling windows. BBUUUTT!!! I have 100s of hours worth of Skyrim in that drive, and if I loose that I will seriously freak out! While I dont play it a lot anymore, when the expansions come, Dovahkin will rise again!

So, what I want to ask is:

Is there something else that I could try in order to boot up my pc?


Can I copy my files from my messed up SSD to somewhere else, before formatting it and starting a new life?

Thanks everyone! Appreciate the help!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Mar 2012   #2

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Is this of any help. Its a great tutorial with suggestions that should be of interest
Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2012   #3

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Have you done a Startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
than copy & paste your data to new install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Thanks, I tried that tutorial already and it did not work for me!

I'll try using that copy tutorial later today to see if I can salvage something!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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