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Windows 7: W7 Closed suddenly, won't restart, need to repair (not restore) W7


12 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 
W7 Closed suddenly, won't restart, need to repair (not restore) W7

I have a Lenovo W520.
I put a mini-SDD in and copied the operating system there.
Everything worked fine for months.

Today, working and it suddenly Windows 7 shuts down, no way to stop it.
When I turned on the machine next, I got a windows recovery screen (lenovo background) that said it would fix any errors - and then that it couldn't fix them, suggesting that the next step was the Microsoft Favorite "Fix" - restoring the OS from scratch.
Lenovo doesn't give you Windows 7 discs, there's a recovery partition from which you can print restore discs, but I don't want restore discs.
With some trouble, I got the BIOS screen to come up and re-set the HDD as the boot disc.
Not only am I in the computer, but it seems to have all my latest configurations, the browsers even come up with the tabs I last had open - I'm not sure how that can be, but it is.
Anyway, I need to fix windows on the SDD without losing all the data and configurations there.
Any ideas?
My gratitude in advance!

It's a Lenovo W520
Intel Core i7-2720QM 2.20 GH
8GB mem
64 bit OS
80GB SDD
300GB HDD
In disc management, both show as healthy
I'm submitting this, but I'll try to add more information.

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13 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

How did you have the SSD and HDD configured to work together? That information may be helpful to determine how to resolve the problem.
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13 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

HDD in the original HDD slot, the SDD was in the slot for the... what's it called? The card that allows the computer to connect to the internet wirelessly via the phone signal (not the router signal).

Does that answer the question? If not, help me to answer it better, please!
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13 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

What data configuration were they using? Did you have user files stored on the HDD or SSD? How was the pagefile set up? Where did you install programs?
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13 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

As I recall, I printed restore discs, then removed the HDD and installed the SSD and restored the system.
Then, leaving the SSD set as the boot drive, put the HDD back in for storage.

As it happens, I have data files on both discs.

The odd thing is that, although I've now managed to boot from the HDD, which has its own copy of the OS, all the configuration changes (desktop, toolbars, etc.0 I've made since I switched to the SDD are there.
Two browsers (FF & Opera) correctly remember the windows they were shut with before the crash (all that has to be on the SDD).

The SDD is available, I copied the most crucial files onto a flash drive for now.

BUT Open writer - while it does remember the files that were open when Windows closed - is NOT able recover the files that had not yet been saved with their own names.

Does that answer the questions?
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13 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

And thanks for the attention and, hopefully, help!
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13 Mar 2012   #7

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wombatpete View Post
As I recall, I printed restore discs, then removed the HDD and installed the SSD and restored the system.
Then, leaving the SSD set as the boot drive, put the HDD back in for storage.

As it happens, I have data files on both discs.

The odd thing is that, although I've now managed to boot from the HDD, which has its own copy of the OS, all the configuration changes (desktop, toolbars, etc.0 I've made since I switched to the SDD are there.
Two browsers (FF & Opera) correctly remember the windows they were shut with before the crash (all that has to be on the SDD).

The SDD is available, I copied the most crucial files onto a flash drive for now.

BUT Open writer - while it does remember the files that were open when Windows closed - is NOT able recover the files that had not yet been saved with their own names.

Does that answer the questions?
please post a full blown screenshot of "disk management". And tell me what disk 0 and disk 1 is (HDD or SSD)
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13 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Attached
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13 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Disc 0 is the HDD
Disc 1 is the SSD
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13 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Note that disk 1 has the C: drive on it. That means you are currently loading Windows off the SSD.
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