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Windows 7: Windows 7 Repair Disc: Can skip straight to command prompt?

13 Oct 2011   #1
wildcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 Repair Disc: Can skip straight to command prompt?

Not really sure if this is in the right section.

Situation:
Computer system with faulty HDD, damaged sectors, corrupted data and Windows 7 fails to start up, gets hung up.
Windows Error Recovery fails to work (Launch Startup Repair)
Non of the safe modes work, load last know configuration has no effect.
Unable to access disk through another Windows system, takes a long time to initialize the disk and ends up prompting to format the partition that it detects as RAW.

Solution:
The Windows 7 Repair Disc, boot have it analyze and attempt repairs.
Upon second boot, it gives the option to do more advanced test.
In my case I needed check disk, to have it find, mark and if possible recovery the data in those damaged sectors.

Now that the disk has been checked and the damaged sectors have been marked, windows can boot and be accessed by another windows system. I can now make copies of the data that needs to be kept.
Disk has been replaced under warranty, factory default image been installed and all data has been migrated to the new disk. A happy ending.

My problem:
The Windows Repair Disc is really troublesome to use on a HDD thatís damaged, Iíve used it several times before on a HDD with damaged sectors and it took me more than a full hour if not longer to get through the initial analyze attempt, after that I had to boot it a second time before I got to the needed tools, command prompt and check disk (chkdsk).

Is there an option to get Windows 7 Repair Disc to not do any of his analyzing and repair attempts and skip strait to the more advanced part or even better, command prompt?

Any advice or alternatives appreciated.


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13 Oct 2011   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

All tests are automated in Startup Repair IF it finds an installation to Repair in the first place.

If not then in your case you'd want to run Disk Check from Repair CD Command Line, which can be directly access by pressing Shift + F10 at first screen when booted into it.

If this fails or finds files system errors to repair, next run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended diagnostics/repair CD scan which may need to make surface repairs.

Then run Disk Check again from command line or Win7 if it boots now.

These two tests run in tandem can return a HD to working order, or at least working enough to retrieve files using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon Rescue CD freeware.
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14 Oct 2011   #3
wildcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply, but I'm not really sure how the "SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot" will aid me, for at first glance I'm still stuck with the initial analyzing that happens before I even get to the point where I need to do all that and it's that analyzing process that is taking way to long and I'm trying to skip past.
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14 Oct 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

If this fails or finds files system errors to repair, next run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended diagnostics/repair CD scan which may need to make surface repairs.
I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic
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14 Oct 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
Thanks for the reply, but I'm not really sure how the "SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot" will aid me, for at first glance I'm still stuck with the initial analyzing that happens before I even get to the point where I need to do all that and it's that analyzing process that is taking way to long and I'm trying to skip past.
Misspoke - please see my correction above and Theog's additional link.

Does this answer your question? Let us know if any additional help is needed.
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17 Oct 2011   #6
wildcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
All tests are automated in Startup Repair IF it finds an installation to Repair in the first place.

If not then in your case you'd want to run Disk Check from Repair CD Command Line, which can be directly access by pressing Shift + F10 at first screen when booted into it.

If this fails or finds files system errors to repair, next run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended diagnostics/repair CD scan which may need to make surface repairs.

Then run Disk Check again from command line or Win7 if it boots now.

These two tests run in tandem can return a HD to working order, or at least working enough to retrieve files using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon Rescue CD freeware.
It all sounds promising, but I'm unable to figure out where exactly to initiate this Shift+F10 key combination. I've been hitting this key combination from the moment it started loading until the GUI pops up, but nothing seems to change.

The only thing that seems to respond to interrupt the loading process at some stage is F8,

Took the snapshots with the use of a virtual machine, for picture are better than words. Image/Attachment number three & four, after I pick the language settings a loading/analyzing process starts, that takes ages on a disk that is damaged.

Because I took the snapshots on a blank virtual machine it didn't found anything, but the in yellow highlighted area normally reads a line indicating the system in found.

Clicking the next button will initiate another long lasting process that ones completed allows me to reboot and doesn't present met the fifth image/attachment. Only after repeating everything for a second time I end up where I need to be, an option to go to command prompt.


I've got the HDD Diagnostic's covered, I got my own set of tools for that, but it never hurts expanding my collection of tools. Currently exploring what this "Paragon Rescue CD" is able to do.

My main focus now is attempting to be able to repair and recover the data and file system with check disk (chkdsk) or something equal and does the exact same thing without the long wait to get to the command prompt console.


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17 Oct 2011   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Use the Command Prompt here:



Follow the steps given in the Disk Check tutorial. Then download, burn to CD and run the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan.

If these check out, go back the to the Repair CD/DVD Command Line to run the commands bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr to see if it then finds an installation to repair. If not run Startup Repair a few times anyway.

If these all fail one last resort before copying out your files using DVD/CD or Paragon Rescue CD then reinstalling or running Factory Recovery: Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD to make sure the Win7 partition or its 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) are marked Active, then click on HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, reboot. If Win7 fails to start but needed marking Active, try again running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.
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