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Windows 7: Will Not Boot - Bad Pool Header

23 Nov 2013   #31
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 

I tried to use RUFUS and received this error message about SeaTools:
“This version of Rufus only supports bootable ISOs based on bootmgr/WinPR, isolinux or EFI. This ISO doesn’t appear to use either…”
If you are able to do this, what am I missing here?
Thanks again! BJ



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23 Nov 2013   #32
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

What type of USB thumbdrive are you trying to use?
Is it generic, or loaded with security software such as U3 from Sandisk?

It might also be the current version has changed things a bit, although I doubt it here try this version
which works for me.
Attachment 294736
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25 Nov 2013   #33
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 



I am using a generic flash drive.

I prepared a USB with YUMI-0.1.0.2.rar and SeaTools and that worked without error. Thank you!

However, once I put it in the USB port and turned on the computer, I encounter the same old loop:

· Dell logo
· Starting Windows logo
· BSOD - Bad Pool Header error message
· Dell logo
· Windows Error Recovery

No matter what I select from there, I end up back in the Bad Pool Header loop until I launch a repair (which does not work) and I click on Finish to shut down the computer.

What other option(s) do I have, if any, to get SeaTools to run to do the HDD check?

Thanks again! BJ
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25 Nov 2013   #34
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

Good to know that this version works .
Every BIOS is a different when it comes to the temporary boot selection menu the most popular
keys are the F2, F10 & F12 try these out and report back, if successful you will presented with a selection
of the bootable devices currently connected to the PC.
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25 Nov 2013   #35
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 

Ok. There has been some progress. I was able to use F12 to boot SeaTools from my flash drive. SeaTools ran and here are the results:

Drive List
all headings are faded out with nothing listed

Selected Drive Information
No hard drives found
If you believe this to be incorrect, check cables,
drive power connection and jumper settings
And then try again

Test Information and Results
Scanning for controllers...
No controllers detected
Device scan complete
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25 Nov 2013   #36
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

OK good .
This what the "if" part of my previous post is referring to when mentioning AHCI / IDE.

If SeaTools For DOS does not recognize the drive;
Boot into the BIOS using the *Fx key.
Look for an entry called SATA Mode (or something similar), it should be set to IDE / AHCI.
It's probably set to AHCI which is why SeaTools doesn't recognize them in the DOS environment.
Set it to IDE then save and exit usually by pressing the F10 key.
Now boot into SeaTools and it should detect the drives.
Start the Long Test and let it run.
Upon completion don't try to boot into Windows as it will only result in a BSOD, go back into the BIOS
and change the SATA setting back to what it was in the first place.

I believe the BIOS should be F2 in your case.
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26 Nov 2013   #37
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 

Hello again! Here are the details of what I just did.

· Put the bootable USB drive with SeaGate in USB Port and turned on the laptop.
· When seeing Dell logo, I pressed F2 key
· I forwarded to Advance where SATA Operation is <AHCI>
· Highlighting SATA Operation, I clicked Enter. The choices were ATA and AHCI. I selected ATA.
A blue pop up window said, “SATA Operation is being changed! Attention! Changing this setting may prevent your operating system from booting or require a reinstall. Are you sure you would like to continue?” I clicked “yes”.
· I clicked the F10 key. I selected Exit and save changes.
· I booted into SeaTools and ran it. Here are the results:

Drive List
Model ID ST9500325AS; Serial Number S2WKTSYZ; Revision D005DEM1; Test Progress – Idle

Selected Drive Information
Device 0 is Seagate Device ST9500325AS S2WKTSYZ On Generic PCI ATA
Max Native Address 976773167
Device is 48 Bit Addressed – Number of LBAs 976773167 (500.108 GB)
This drive supports Security Features
SMART Is Supported and ENABLED
SMART has NOT Been Tripped
DST is Supported
Logging Feature Set Is Supported
POH 1608 Current Temp 26

Test Information and Results
Scanning for devices…
Scanning for devices on Generic PCI ATA…
Scanning for devices on Generic PCI ATA…. (NOTE: yes, this was listed twice)
Detected 1 devices
Device scan complete


· I then went into the BIOS and changed the SATA setting from ATA back to AHCI and saved it.

This is progress! At least I am making it through the test. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the results.

BJ
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27 Nov 2013   #38
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

Hello .
It is progress in a sense that you manged to boot into SeaTools and have it recognize your HDD,
but you didn't run the test .
You need to select the Long Test at the top left under Basic Tests .
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30 Nov 2013   #39
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 

I took a holiday break with family and am back.

Thanks for the clarification. I am in the process of running the Long Test in SeaTools. How long does the test run? It has been running for almost two hours now.

Thanks.

BJ
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02 Dec 2013   #40
bnailchi

I think it's 64 bit
 
 

I ran the Long Test in SeaTools for over six hours with no conclusion. I didn't know how long I should let it run, so I stopped it and shut it down.

Should I try again and let it run longer? If so, how long should I give it?

Thanks again!

BJ
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