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Windows 7: Need help restoring HDD. Windows 7 won't boot

01 Mar 2015   #1
muhhinz

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Need help restoring HDD. Windows 7 won't boot

Windows 7 stopped booting and entered an infinate reboot cycle. I took the HDD out and put it into another laptop as a secondary drive but it would only display "system reserved". I have installed slax linux on a usb drive and booted off that with the hdd in the original laptop and have found my files are still intact. I have managed to copy most of the important ones off through fear that the hdd might be dying a slow death. There is loads still on it so I want to try and restore. Reinstall would be an absolute last resort. I have tried all the windows tools to get it up and running but none of them work. From what I've been reading, I'd assume this is an MBR issue? although I don't fully understand what that is. If anyone could offer any advice, I'd be extremely grateful.


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01 Mar 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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I'd try to find out if the drive was actually failing, aside from any MBR issues.

Go to the drive manufacturer's web site and download their disk tool. For WD drives, I think it's called Data Lifeguard. Seagate has Seatools. The tools typically have 2 tests---short and extended. You may need the DOS version of the tool.

If the drive is functioning at all, I'd copy all possible files off of it. I'd assume it's dying in short order until I proved otherwise. Never mind the MBR stuff. Worry about that later.
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01 Mar 2015   #3
muhhinz

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I have a samsung laptop and have been trying for the last hour to make Samsung HUTIL work. I can only get it as an ISO, but have no dvd drive, or for floppy disk, I havent seen one of those in 10 years.

I hdd has been working flawlessly for 2 or 3 hours now as my files have been coping across. I've had to stop as I have run out of storage space.

What else can you suggest?
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01 Mar 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Can you get that Samsung utility on a bootable USB flash drive and run it from that?

You can buy storage cheap---around $55 per gigabyte. I don't know how valuable your data is to you, but I'd do what I had to do to get all data backed up. Or at least do some triage---back up only the more important stuff--whatever can't be replaced, in descending order of importance.
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01 Mar 2015   #5
muhhinz

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I've been trying to make it bootable from a flash drive but have been unsuccessful. I have the important stuff off the drive but still want to try and repair it and if it dies in the process, I'll get over it.
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01 Mar 2015   #6
jumanji

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First things first. As ignatzatsonic rightly pointed out if you value your data as important you should get it off the drive by all means first - even if you have to buy a new drive for space.

Testing the HDD and/or restoring it can be tried later.

As a matter of fact you should stop running the drive in any manner until you are fully ready to copy all data in it elsewhere.
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02 Mar 2015   #7
muhhinz

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Right, that's done. All my data is safe. What's next. Remember too, I don't have an optical drive.

I need to test the hdd but I can't get a bootable version of samsung's hutil to work.
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02 Mar 2015   #8
jumanji

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My advice here is limited to running HUTIL from a bootable DOS drive. How to restore the HDD, I shall leave it to more proficient and knowledgeable hands.

First visit Samsung Support site Verifying The Hard Disk Drive Is Working Normally= and check whether your specific drive can take HUTIL

If yes, download HUTIL210.rar 543.56KB by fanatyk from HDD Firmware Downloads. PC-3000 Support Downloads. Data recovery and HDD repair tools

Extract the RAR file and you will have the following two files in the hutil210 folder.

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Now create a bootable DOS pen drive using RUFUS. https://rufus.akeo.ie/ ( Select MSDOS in the dropdown arrow in "Create a bootable disk using")

Once the DOS boot pendrive is created, copy the above two files into the pendrive ( Do not copy the whole folder.Copy only the two files in that folder)

Now boot from the pen drive and against the command prompt type HUTIL.EXE and press enter. Hopefully it will run. ( I haven't tried it. So don't blame me if it doesn't )


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