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Windows 7: BSOD 0x7A, seemingly random

18 Sep 2014   #11
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Do you have an external drive? If you do, plug it in and boot from the DVD again, click through until you get to the page of 'where do you want to install windows' at the bottom under advanced options, push 'load drivers' you will get a dialogue screen. Find your hard drive and copy all of your personal files from your western Digital to the external drive. It should be a simple copy and paste. This is slightly different, but it works the same. Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console


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18 Sep 2014   #12
Theblaze973

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I don't have an external with me, but I have my personal files backed up on an external I have access to this weekend.

Oh what the hell? It just found the installation and told me to run chkdsk.

The startup repair diagnosis/repair details shows this:

"Root cause found: System volume on disk is corrupt.
Repair action: File system repair (chkdsk)
Result: Completed succesfully
Time Taken: 138357 ms"
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18 Sep 2014   #13
Theblaze973

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I got to a system restore screen, it says I have no restore points.
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18 Sep 2014   #14
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Try to boot into Windows, if you can get in, see option 2. It is easy to turn off.Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
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18 Sep 2014   #15
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I think your drive is going or gone. The most important thing is to back up your personal files and your email, if you have it on your computer.
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18 Sep 2014   #16
Theblaze973

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My roommate is lending me his external. If I can back stuff up, do you think a format is worth a shot?
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18 Sep 2014   #17
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Yes, I will tell you what to do. It will take several hours. But, If I was going to send My hard drive in for an RMA, I would want to know it is pretty darn clean of all the data on it.
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21 Sep 2014   #18
Theblaze973

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Yes, I will tell you what to do. It will take several hours. But, If I was going to send My hard drive in for an RMA, I would want to know it is pretty darn clean of all the data on it.
So right before I was going away for the weekend, I got access to my external HDD. I booted up my computer and instead of letting me choose startup repair, etc. All I got was:

"Disk read error.
Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart."

HDD is still recognized and listed in BIOS. So I tried to use a Linux LiveUSB to see if I could mount the HDD and Ubuntu 14/Lucid Puppy Linux can't find the drive. I tried launching of Windows 7 installation disc (to try the transfer files as you linked previously) and it can't find my drive either.

At this point, I found out that I have most of my computer backed up to an external (back up from August 24, so all it is missing is some music I have on another computer/some anime). Is there any way I can wipe the drive?
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21 Sep 2014   #19
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I seriously doubt it. Disconnect all other drives except that one. Just disconnect 1 cable from them will be fine. Boot from the installation disk, the first window will be 'select your Language', don't select it, hold down the Shift Key and while holding it down, press F10. You will get a command prompt window. In the command prompt type diskpart and press enter. In a couple of seconds, it will reply diskpart, type list disk and press enter. If it sees your disk it will list it with a number next to it on the left side, because you only have the 1 disk connected, it should be disk 0 (the number 0) type select disk 0 and press enter, it should come back and say disk 0 is the selected disk. Type clean all and press enter. If you get this far, and it works, it will take several hours. What it is doing is writing zeros to every sector on the disk. It will look like it is doing nothing, but it is. If it runs into an error, which I suspect it will, it will tell you. If it does not tell you that an error occurred, it will take 5 or 6 hours or maybe more to complete. If it completes, someone will have to want your info real bad to be able to get it. Try that and see what happens. If Linux can't see it and Windows recovery console can't see it, I honestly don't think it will work, but it's worth a try. But, once you do that, there will be no data recovery from it by you.
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21 Sep 2014   #20
Theblaze973

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

There are no fixed disks to show. I guess I just wait for my new HDD and that's it. Right now I am so glad I spent the extra money ($5) on a WD drive to get the longer warranty.

Thanks for all the time you spent trying to help me solve my problem.
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