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Windows 7: Windows Won't Get Past Start up Screen

27 Sep 2012   #1
WindowsAider

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Windows Won't Get Past Start up Screen

Hello, I use Windows 7 64-bit and it wont get past the start-up screen. I would like to retrieve some personal files from my hard drive before i reinstall windows, is there any way i can do this without removing my hard drive and as a last resort could you guys link to some good videos/guides that are in detail about removing your hard drive and inserting it into another computer.

Thank you so much, i may have only joined this site a few days ago but it is so helpful.


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28 Sep 2012   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

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28 Sep 2012   #3
Debbie B

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Hi,

Did you try booting your system in “Safe mode with Networking”? If yes, then you can back up your data on any external drive if it gets detected. Otherwise, as very well suggested by “UsernameIssues”, you can try backing up your data in Windows Recovery Console.
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28 Sep 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

Here are steps to do everything possible to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

If you're ready then follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

There are methods to copy out your data in both. If you don't have an external HD then you can move your HD to another PC to copy over from it to another HD.
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28 Sep 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As far as hooking it up to another pc..... just connect a power cable from the power supply and a data cable from the motherboard to the drive. Turn on the pc, let windows install the drivers, autoplay will run, open the drive, copy and paste your files.

Before attempting that I would use Greg`s steps to get it to boot. In particular, step #4.
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01 Oct 2012   #6
WindowsAider

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
The recovery disk wont make it past the screen shot in part 2, the mouse stays on the loading circle thing and doesn't let me click anything.

And for the others windows will not start up, not even in safe mode and i know think it is a failing hard drive not a virus or anything else, so is there a way to get data off of it?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
As far as hooking it up to another pc..... just connect a power cable from the power supply and a data cable from the motherboard to the drive. Turn on the pc, let windows install the drivers, autoplay will run, open the drive, copy and paste your files.

Before attempting that I would use Greg`s steps to get it to boot. In particular, step #4.
If the hard drive is corrupt, wont it still be corrupt even if i attach it to another computer? I found that the hard drive was corrupt because in Ubuntu when trying to take off the data it kept saying
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 The disk has bad sector. This means physical damage on the disk*  *surface caused by detioration, manufacturing faults or other reason.*  The reliability of the disk may stay stable or degrade fast. We suggest *  *making a full backup urgently by running 'ntfscolone --rescue ...
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01 Oct 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

See if you can repair the HD enough to get your data off with the rescue disk.

Download and burn to CD, boot and run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic
extended CD scan.

If you can't get to installer or Repair CD Command Line to run a full Disk Check then boot into Hiren’s BootCD 15.1 which will boot itself to check the file system and rescue your data.
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03 Oct 2012   #8
WindowsAider

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
See if you can repair the HD enough to get your data off with the rescue disk.

Download and burn to CD, boot and run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic
extended CD scan.

If you can't get to installer or Repair CD Command Line to run a full Disk Check then boot into Hirenís BootCD 15.1 which will boot itself to check the file system and rescue your data.
Didnt work. says hard drive data is corrupt.
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03 Oct 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

As a last resort I'd try Recuva to see if any data is salvageable.
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