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


11 Nov 2012   #1

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startup repair loop, root cause: no hard drive detected

My pc is a stock Asus G53SX-A1, no hardware changes. Yet it says the reason I got a blue screen was due to hardware changes. My computer froze and rebooted during a video game. So I have been experiencing the classic startup repair loop and I tried everything I could find on google without progress. When I try to the option to fix the problem automatically it says it wasn't able to help and tells me the root cause is because there is no hard drive detected, and that if a hard drive is installed it is not responding. I can't detect in command prompt, but somehow I can see contents of it through BIOS so its really odd. When I tried to reinstall windows it says it can't find a hard drive to install on and I need to insert a drivers disk so I can set up the hard drive to continue. So I put in my Asus drivers disk and yet it tells me there's no drivers detected. I looked at the Asus website and all the downloads they have available are the same as on that same drivers disk it said it couldn't find drivers on. So right now my main problem is my pc doesn't detect that I have a hard drive at all even though I do, the same one the pc came with. This laptop has worked fine for almost a year and this issue just came out of nowhere, so any ideas as to why my HD would suddenly disappear in my computers eyes? I even moved the HD to the secondary slot to see if maybe the primary slot had gone bad since I had an issue once with my desktop that was fixed by moving my RAM stick to a different slot so I figured I would try, I will try anything at this point. Thanks for reading.

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11 Nov 2012   #2

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What must have happened when your computer locked up is that the OS lost the ability to write to the hard drive while in the middle of writing to it, which compromised the safety protocols and damaged the MBR or other system file that has compromised the operating system.

You have access to a working computer in order to make this post. I would attach your Asus G53SX-A1 hard drive to this one as a secondary device and run some disk utilities on it. Try a chkdsk repair or better yet, use a feature rich 3rd party diagnostic tool.
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11 Nov 2012   #3

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Posted this via Android, but I do have a working desktop, how would I connect a laptop HD to a desktop? I'm traditionally a desktop user so I'm unaware of laptop hardware abilities if this is possible.
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11 Nov 2012   #4

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Well, do you have anything on your hard drive that you need?
Maybe you might recover the stuff by connecting it to another computer, and then DBAN it?
I don't know, I'm not an expert here, just making suggestions.
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11 Nov 2012   #5

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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. What do I have to do for it to allow me to reinstall windows? I can access the hd from my desktop through command prompt, just need to know where to go from there. Do I format, clean, idk. Just want to reset it so I can reinstall windows
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11 Nov 2012   #6

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Can you boot from another device? E.g. a Windows repair disc/USB?
If you can, use Command Prompt and use the command
Code:
dir [drive letter]:\
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11 Nov 2012   #7

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No I can't
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11 Nov 2012   #8
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Is the HD detected in BIOS setup under storage drives? Google the serial given there to see what make HD you have.

Boot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair repeatedly to report back what it reports.

If it fails then you'll need the disk or flash stick installer provided in Step 5 of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start to do the repairs and possibly others given there depending upon what Startup Repair finds.

How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD
90% of failures to boot a disk are user error. Are you prompted to "Press any key to boot disk?"
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11 Nov 2012   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PFCelliott View Post
No I can't
I don't doubt you but this is odd.
You have a DVD drive plus a couple of USB2 ports?
Can't you go into the BIOS and set either of these as the boot device?
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11 Nov 2012   #10

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Here's where I'm at: initially, the HD showed in BIOS but not when I tried to reinstall windows. So I went into command prompt diskpart and found the disk there, I read on other threads similar to mine to do "clean" and then create a new partition so I cleaned it and after that it came up when reinstalling windows and said disk 0 unallocated space, when I tried to proceed it said it couldn't install on the drive, so I hit "new" and after waiting a while an error message said it was not able to create a new partition on the selected unallocated space. When I try to manually create a new partition in diskpart I get error messages, same for volumes. Sometimes the drive doesn't even show up at all, but when it does I can't do anything with it other than "detail disk" and see that its free space with no volumes. I tried resetting BIOS because in one of the error messages it said to make sure the drivers controller was enabled and it shows fine in BIOS. I get nothing but error messages when attempting to create new partitions, volumes, or convert it. When I connect the drive to my desktop and attempt these things it says the action is not allowed on this version of windows even though it is the exact same version of windows 7. Totally lost now.
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