Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: startup repair loop, root cause: no hard drive detected

11 Nov 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

Check in BIOS setup if you have an EFI Boot disk in the Boot Priority Order. If so you have EFI BIOs which requires special steps to install to a GPT Disk: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

If you want to install normally to MBR disk then remove the EFI Boot disk from boot order, enable any Legacy BIOS setting, clean HD again to remove GPT formatting, try install again.

If that fails, try formatting an Active partition from Step 2.2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If the HD does in fact disappear from any of these operations then test it using HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check from installer Command Line on full disk partition you create from step 2.2 above.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
11 Nov 2012   #12
PFCelliott

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

So using the UEFI to boot seemed promising at first following that tutorial, two things happened though. Following the step to clean all in diskpart, whilst cleaning it suddenly said error device not connected. Then I could no longer see my HD even though it was showing seconds before. After that I restarted to see if it still showed in BIOS and it didn't so I restarted again and it showed up so then I began the windows setup and it showed the disk as all unallocated space no partitions, so like the tutorial said I clicked "new" and it seemed to be working at first, then all the sudden it stopped in the middle of what it was doing and of course showed that there was no hard drive detected. So it seems as though my HD is a ghost, coming and going as it pleases and randomly disappearing without cause. **** me right? Oh and now that I restarted after that last disappearance, I can't even start the setup again. It just sits at a black screen after the starting windows screen displays, the cd drive ceases activity and it just does nothing now every time I restart it, I can set BIOS back to defaults all I want now and it doesn't help. Do I just have a screwed HD? Nothing I do helps, and it seems the things I've tried have showed good results for others so idk what I'm doing wrong.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

Do you have an EFI BIOS? I told you how to check but you didn't reply for sure.

I also told you how to test your HD which appears indicated if WIn7 install causes that behavior when tried by both methods given.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Nov 2012   #14
PFCelliott

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Right but I can't perform those checks without first passing this black screen bs. Guess ill have to take out the HD for the third time and connect it to my desktop once more to do these checks. Thanks for your help so far, ill reply when I muster up the motivation to crack this ****er open again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

The tests are all done from boot disks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #16
PFCelliott

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Another note, I was able to create a partition earlier following the "optimize for windows installation" steps and again got an error message during setup that said it was unable to create partition. And idk if its an EFI BIOS or not how do I tell? When I tried to delete an EFI boot option it just said select one to delete nothing else, and wouldn't let me select anything.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

In my first post I said to check if there is an EFI boot disk in BIOS boot order, that this means you have an EFI BIOS.

If you cannot install in EFI mode using the tutorial provided, then remove the EFI Boot disk from BIOS boot order by moving the DVD drive first to boot, followed by HDD.

You may also need to look for another setting in BIOS setup for Legacy BIOS to enable to complete this process. Then Save settings changes and Exit BIOS.

Now you need to run Diskpart Clean command again to assure you have not formatted HD as a GPT disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2012   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PFCelliott View Post
I do have personal stuff like photos and such but at this point I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get my computer working again.
Why did you do a clean? You should have been able to rescue your files.
If it had a recovery partition it's gone.
If you were supplied with Windows install discs or made recovery discs then that would be an option.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 startup repair loop, root cause: no hard drive detected




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Startup Repair Infinite Loop, Cannot Find Hard Disk, Registry Corrupt?
So I tried using the Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139576-startup-repair-infinite-loop-recovery.html) and It did not work for me. I tried the Startup Repair and It said "Hard Disk could not be found" On another instance, It said "Registry is...
Backup and Restore
Startup Repair Offline, No Root Cause Windows 7
Hi all, I did clean install because my Asus UX32A keep going into Startup Repair mode but was unable to determine problem and find solution. I also had black screen at the logging screen. Prior clean install I've tried system restore, last good configuration etc did not work. During the...
General Discussion
New laptop, old hard drive - infinite loop on startup
Hi, the screen cracked on my old laptop and my insurance decided it would be cheaper to give me a new one as opposed to fixing it. The new laptop arrived today, along with the hard drive from my old one. I thought it would be simply a case of opening the new laptop up, taking out the hard drive and...
General Discussion
Windows 7 won't startup properly - Stuck in startup repair loop
I have a Dell Inspiron and a while ago I shut down my PC and the next morning I was faced with options to repair my computer. It hung on the screen for ages before it actually came up with startup repair and supposedly fixed the problem. A few days later, everything got very slow and started to...
BSOD Help and Support
new hard disk-startup repair loop
Hello, The hard drive on my laptop recently failed and I purchased and installed a new one to replace it. I cloned as much of the data off of the old drive as possible. However, when I go to boot from it, it gets stuck in a startup repair loop. Startup repair doesn't find any problems, but it is...
General Discussion
Startup repair loop - Can't repair with system restore/repair/commands
Hello, I've been unable to access my custom build computer since around 5:00 yesterday. I chose to restart my computer at around that time just because it was slowing up a little and I usually do that to help, I had not installed any updates or new programs since 2 days ago when there had been a...
BSOD Help and Support


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:31.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App