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Windows 7: windows won't start/can't do system repair/won't boot from CD

07 Aug 2012   #11

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is the HD listed in BIOS setup?

If so reset BIOS to defaults: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Then work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot starting with disinfecting OS.

Report back for more or different steps depending upon results.
thank you gregrocker for helping!

too bad the BIOS is really a simple one, with

system time setting
system password setting
boot sequence

that's about it. didn't see any HDD listed, or options for primary/slave setting, or factory default setting, or CMOS.

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07 Aug 2012   #12

Win 7pro32 & 64bit
 
 

Sadly it sounds like your hard drive has failed.

Basically if in the bios its not being detected with the best will in the world you are not going to breathe life into it.

Sorry to break this to you.
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07 Aug 2012   #13

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brynster View Post
Sadly it sounds like your hard drive has failed.

Basically if in the bios its not being detected with the best will in the world you are not going to breathe life into it.

Sorry to break this to you.
thank you Brynster for the input!

bad news or good news, i just need to know the HDD's true state, so no problem.

i think it is not that the BIOS can't detect the HDD, it is the BIOS doesn't have the function of displaying the I/O devices in the system. i don't know enough to tell whether anyone ever makes machines this way, but my sony vaio appears to be like that.
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07 Aug 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot the HD maker's HD Diagnostic or boot disk suggested by Capt. Jack to test the HD, see if it responds.
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08 Aug 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seatools by Seagate is also on that UBCD iso. Recognized in the past as an effective diagnostics tool by quite a few manufacturers. Give it a shot.

Do you not see any reference to hard drives in the BIOS?

The only other option I can think of right now would be to check connections and/or pull the drive and connect it to another machine.
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08 Aug 2012   #16

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

narmex,

Is connecting the hard drive to another computer a possibility?

Before trying that, make sure that all cables and connections are good in your computer. Cables have been known to come loose.
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08 Aug 2012   #17

Win 7pro32 & 64bit
 
 

f you look in your bios at boot options it should list all bootable items fitted to the bios.
It will usually have be default CD/DVDrom HDD and it will have as options Network adapter and external usb devices.

Usually in the HDD bit it will give a description of what the drive is either a part number or a serial number. If its not listed then i do believe the drive has failed. This coupled to the message on boot up that it cannot detect a boot device strongly points towards the drive failure.
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