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Windows 7: My w7 Won't boot

09 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
My w7 Won't boot

Everytime I restart the computer it boots into a repair mode, attempts to repair my computer, and then tells me "startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically". Why it's doing this I don't know, the system was working fine an hour ago. The only change I made was to attempt to make my RAID work, I rebooted, entered BIOS and changed my "Sata Operation Mode" to "RAID", then the problems started happening. I tried turning it back, even resetting BIOS defaults, but no go. During the boot up though I turned my comp off during the middle of windows loading, I wonder if that could have caused the problem? I know it's not recommended but it's something I've always done and never had a problem with. I've been trying to access my Advanced boot menu to start windows normally (perhaps it's stuck in some kind of repair cycle?) but pressing f8 does nothing, I've tried a thousand times.

I put in my Windows 7 disk and attempted a repair through there which halfway worked. When I boot up now it gives me two OS options to choose from, Windows and Windows 7 Home Premium (Recovered). The latter one boots up windows fine but all of my files are gone and it's telling me my copy of windows is not genuine! I had the majority of my data so it's not a huge deal to do a clean install but I would like to avoid that if possible.

I'm using an asrock 890fx mobo with AMD processor.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jun 2011   #2

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I personally would stay away from RAID, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.

Always set BIOS IDE, SATa, & RAID mode before installing Windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jun 2011   #3


What theog said.

Since you've already changed your bios back, try option 2 of the System Restore tutorial, choosing a restore point pre-dating the RAID attempt.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Try Startup Repair again and Jame's suggestion for System Restore from the Windows 7 DVD Repair Console System Recovery Options.

You may have borked your Windows 7 by trying to change it to RAID when it was installed in IDE or AHCI. I'd double check it is returned to the install mode.

If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with all listing columns showing, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, we can advise you better.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

Sadly I never had system restore on and since it's a fairly new computer I don't have any previous restore points. Bummer.

Here's my Disk MGMT

Capture.jpg picture by robjones91 - Photobucket
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP


There appears to be cloned HD's with the System Reserved partitions removed. Have you tried running 3 startup Repairs as it is now?

Next Try unplugging D drive to run up to 3 startup repairs on C which is already marked Active.

Then try marking D active and running the Repairs on it.

It is very likely changing the SATA controller to RAID has ruined your Windows 7, but you can see if your files are to be found using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then clean reinstall, ideally to a single HD with the other unplugged. Then plug back in the other HD after install to format it for data storage in Disk mgmt. Reinstalling Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

The copy and paste method is useful but doesn't work for me. I'm not sure what Windows did to my files but there is about 700gig's missing! It left a very random sampling of my files behind, I can't find any reason to it, nothing to do with name or date, folders with once a hundred picture files now just have a few, the vast majority of my stuff gone. I wonder, because the "new" Windows 7 is on the D drive, which was mostly empty, I wonder if because I had switched RAID to "on" it correlated the two based on the D drive but let a few files cross over? The funny thing is a few months ago the RAID 1 between the two drives was up and working fine. It kind of just stopped working one day, and I was so busy with school and work that I didn't have any time to look into it. Yesterday I attempt a fix and this happens...sigh.

Oh and in trying to recover some of my files, any recs on programs? I did a deep scan with recuva but it didn't find much.

Thanks for your help Greg. I'll attempt unplugging the D drive next and see what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP


This is what can be expected if you change to RAID mode after installing in AHCI or IDE. It hashed up your installation over two drives.

What was the configuration before you changed the BIOS setting, do you remember?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

So you tried to convert to formatted, in-use disks to a RAID array? You are very lucky you didn't wipe out the data completely on both drives.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit

I believe it was set to IDE before I changed it.

The funny thing is, like I said before, the RAID was working a couple months ago and I'm pretty sure I had the drives set to RAID in the BIOS (would RAID have worked otherwise?), not sure how it got switched.
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