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Windows 7: Can't boot from anything - black screen

01 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Can't boot from anything - black screen

Hello all,

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.

Problem occured after failed partition operation. That ended up so badly that when Windows booted for the last time, a little message in the corner popped up saying something along the lines of "corrupt file structure" (I don't remember the exact wording). Before that CHKDSK had been running in connection with the partition operation, not finding any errors.

So after a minute or so the computer suddenly turns off! While Windows was running with this message down in the corner.
Upon reboot - black screen, Windows doesn't start loading.

Windows is OEM, so I have no CDs or DVDs, neither OS, nor any recovery disks.

Tried booting up from Windows 7 recovery disk made bootable for USB. Also tried a bootable Windows 7 iso - same result - NOTHING! I checked boot priority, USB set to 1st priority. F8 doesn't work either.

Everything ends up at this black screen, where the keyboard doesn't respond, Control+alt+del, etc, you can only turn the computer off.


Get a USB SATA 2,5" enclosure and hook it up to my desktop, try to transfer personal files and then do a complete reformat of the disk.

I have no experience with these USB enclosures, so my question is basically: can it be done like this?

Also, does the behavior altogether suggest that the disk is toast? It's a half-year old WD Scorpio 320 GB 5400RPM, worked fine until today.

Thanks for your help!

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