I have a Samsung R530 Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.
It will now not boot into Windows and I have tried the following:
Startup Repair - this searches through files and then finally hangs for a while, a brief flash then goes back to initial boot and continues to loop this way.
I have tried hitting F8 and trying all Safe Mode options but no luck.
I have removed all usb devices etc.
I have attempted to use Samsungs Recovery Solution at initial boot but again... this just hangs at the initiail screen saying 'Please wait... ' and even after leaving for hours will not progress further.
I have downloaded and burned the Windows 7 Repair disc iso and burned to disc using ImgBurn. I then change boot priority to boot from disc drive in an attempt to run repair from the disc. When I do this, it begins as normal but will only allow me to choose the keyboard region/language and then nothing else happens, just stays on the Windows 7 screen (with the leaves and bird...)
I also tried a Windows 7 installation disc and then choosing the 'Repair My Computer' option at the bottom and again, nothing happens.
I tried another repair disc download incase the first one was bad but this does the same thing.
I am running out of patience and options now.
I have booted an Ubuntu live CD to see if I can get into my Windows Files from there but not sure what I should be looking for. I also run Memtest to check all is ok, it scanned a few times with no errors so I think my RAM is good.
Given the examples I have attempted, does anyone know the possible problem and any fixes or any further options I can try.
If my only option is a reinstallation of Windows 7, I would appreciate advice on how to remove my data (possibly using Ubuntu to access?) I understand this may include mounting the drives but as I have never tried this, I want to ensure I am not creating more problems for myself.
I forgot to add that when I attempt to start in safe mode it loads files then stops at CLASSPNP.sys which according to a Google search may indicate a HD problem? I'm no expert on computers but being able to use Ubuntu to access my HD files makes me question if it is a HD problem? I'm not averse to opening the laptop up and checking connections, I will do (almost) anything to fix this lol
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.