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Windows 7: Windows 7 not loading from Bootable Repair Disc

03 Aug 2012   #31
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

*sigh*

So I was turning off my tv, laptop etc before I take a trip to buy this new drive. Found that laptop wouldn't shut down, tried pressin power button for a while and eventually it did.

To make sure all was as before, tried turning it back on and there seems to be a problem. Charger light goes from green to orange/red and laptop will not power on. Disconnected power cable and removed battery (which is goosed anyway). Reconnected and tried to power on. Nothing.

After holding down power button for maybe 30 seconds it finally came on. Is this due to failing hard drive or has hard drive failed due to power supply unit? I am reluctant to pay for a new drive if the PSU is gonna damage it.

Any tests I can run to ensure the problem is DEFINITELY HD?


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03 Aug 2012   #32
gregrocker

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would drag the files out intact using explorer and not another OS: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

or Paragon rescue disk to recover data.

Relying on a backup program can end in disappointment, and zipped files aren't really necessary.
The Windows Recovery Console tutorial unfortunately will not help me as the nature of my problem means that I have never gotten past the first screenshot in that example. The window opens and I click Repair Computer near the bottom but have never seen the next screen.

Kind of why I had to back up thru Ubuntu OS, I can't find any other way into my files
Why did you just ignore Paragon Rescue disk? Did you already copy out your files?

Either copy out your files intact using Linux CD or use Paragon Rescue.

Of course I meant to Clean Reinstall to a new HD since you've confirmed your old one is bad.
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03 Aug 2012   #33
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrbongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would drag the files out intact using explorer and not another OS: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

or Paragon rescue disk to recover data.

Relying on a backup program can end in disappointment, and zipped files aren't really necessary.
The Windows Recovery Console tutorial unfortunately will not help me as the nature of my problem means that I have never gotten past the first screenshot in that example. The window opens and I click Repair Computer near the bottom but have never seen the next screen.

Kind of why I had to back up thru Ubuntu OS, I can't find any other way into my files
Why did you just ignore Paragon Rescue disk? Did you already copy out your files?

Either copy out your files intact using Linux CD or use Paragon Rescue.

Of course I meant to Clean Reinstall to a new HD since you've confirmed your old one is bad.
Files already copied, thought I mentioned that, they are in zipped files etc and now safely on my old 80gb spare drive awaiting their new home.
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03 Aug 2012   #34
gregrocker

 

I would not trust another OS's backup program. This is why I suggested dragging the files out intact (not zipped).
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03 Aug 2012   #35
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would not trust another OS's backup program. This is why I suggested dragging the files out intact (not zipped).
It's all good, 7-zip extracted without a problem but if Paragon is easier/quicker I will bear it in mind for the future.
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03 Aug 2012   #36
Cybercyr

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I am having the same issues as this guy mentioned in the original post with a Toshiba L675.

Have done all the things he has done, as well as draining the battery, and holding down the fn and f5 at the same time. When launched into safe mode, mine freezes on AtiPcie.sys. When trying to load the boot repair disc it goes to black screen with a white movable curser and will not go any further. Will not do anything with the reinstalling windows disc. Do not think i could take it apart and resolder the bios battery (youtube video suggested it).


This is my sisters computer and im freaking out, havent told her yet, please help! Rachel
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03 Aug 2012   #37
gregrocker

 

Try working through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot. If one of the bootable AV's will not boot itself then you may need to remove HD to scan it in another computer.

Try also resetting BIOS to defaults to force disks needed for repairs to boot: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Have you tried running Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility from boot?

You can try rescuiing any files using Paragon Rescue disk which will boot itself.

Likewise you can use free Partition Wizard which will boot itself to wipe the HD which will in turn force the installer to self-boot to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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03 Aug 2012   #38
PaulSoebekti

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Mr. Bongo.

You said: "So now I restart, hit F8 and attempt to enter recovery options. Click on repair computer and it eventually gets me to the Windows blue background screen with the leaves and the bird. No dialogue box comes up to start repair, just stays on this screen doing nothing. I try this three times and still the same. "

If it isn't too late. I had 'repaired' a Dell XPS8300 desktop that behaved just like your laptop, symptoms are:
- Goes into Repair process and just sits there
- Owner tried many tests and forced several shutdowns, manually.
- He finally gave up and brought it to me to look at.

I started the system and it started the Repair process. I left it there for about two hours and it auto-booted successfully thereafter (the repair process is going through its paces but Microsoft doesn't indicate this with a message or messages like: 'one moment please', etc.). Be patient, let it do its work when repairing.

I'm under the impression that your harddrive is OK but that there are corrupted system files that prevents W7 from starting normally. Oh, one more note from the computer owner: We had an thunder lightning storm in the area; computer wasn't used during the storm, but willl not start hours later. Static spikes??

Just hoping this might save you the 'trouble'.

Regards,
Paul
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03 Aug 2012   #39
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PaulSoebekti View Post
Mr. Bongo.

You said: "So now I restart, hit F8 and attempt to enter recovery options. Click on repair computer and it eventually gets me to the Windows blue background screen with the leaves and the bird. No dialogue box comes up to start repair, just stays on this screen doing nothing. I try this three times and still the same. "

If it isn't too late. I had 'repaired' a Dell XPS8300 desktop that behaved just like your laptop, symptoms are:
- Goes into Repair process and just sits there
- Owner tried many tests and forced several shutdowns, manually.
- He finally gave up and brought it to me to look at.

I started the system and it started the Repair process. I left it there for about two hours and it auto-booted successfully thereafter (the repair process is going through its paces but Microsoft doesn't indicate this with a message or messages like: 'one moment please', etc.). Be patient, let it do its work when repairing.

I'm under the impression that your harddrive is OK but that there are corrupted system files that prevents W7 from starting normally. Oh, one more note from the computer owner: We had an thunder lightning storm in the area; computer wasn't used during the storm, but willl not start hours later. Static spikes??

Just hoping this might save you the 'trouble'.

Regards,
Paul
No thunder here, just endless rain. I literally do not know what to do now. Power supply failing or just ongoing issue with broken battery? Power supply failing due to bad hard drive? Bad hard drive due to problem with power supply?

I don't want to go throwing good money after bad, trying to fix and replace things that won't work.

The Start-Up Repair thing taking hours... I left it on overnight once and still had no luck so I'm quite satisfied that I've exhausted that possibility.

If there was a smiley for how I feel right now:

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03 Aug 2012   #40
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Progress of sorts:

Curiosity grabbed me and I removed the drive and inserted my old Spare drive.

Power up problem remained but I was greeted by a Manufacturer Recovery/repair options screen for Vista (this old spare drive came out of an old Vista laptop I had) offering repair options/reinstall options.

Soooo... does this mean that my Windows 7 hard drive IS the issue? For example, if I go ahead right now and attempt to get Vista loaded, will it then give me enough scope to troubleshoot the whole machine?

Should I be worried about the power thing or is it likely just the battery problem getting worse. I was intending to replace the battery and I will but only when I know that a new hard drive is the key here.

Gotta say, so excited to have something happen when I turn it on... even if it is the Ugly Head of Vista back to haunt me.
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