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Windows 7: Boot corrupt and unreadable, repair/re-install of Windows fails

26 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 32bit
Boot corrupt and unreadable, repair/re-install of Windows fails

It's my daughter's computer. A little e-Machine, 250G HD, Windows 7 32-bit on it. Out of nowhere her computer wouldn't boot up. I can get it to try to boot using the Windows disk, it gets so far, and then the repair fails saying:

The file or directory C:/Boot is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chkdsk utility.

I try to re-install. Thankfully she had backed up everything on my external just days before. It gets near the end, and then the same error comes up. I cannot get into anything else. Nothing else will load. I don't even know how I can run chkdsk. Unfortunately the computer is about three years old and she can't remember the specifics except there is only one HD in it. She had no internet at her place so it's not because she suddenly installed something. She was using it to watch movies and listen to music mostly. I'm at wits' end, can't figure it out. Any help (will have to be detailed, sorry. I know some stuff about computers, but am no expert) would be greatly appreciated. I've read through some of the other threads, but they're not exactly like what the problem is here.

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26 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hello Sujichan. Welcome to the forum.

It is possible the hard drive died, but it is equally possible a corruption happened in the file table.
If it is the latter then Chkdsk could fix it.

First you need to get to a Command Prompt. For that use Option Two in this tutorial:
System Recovery Options
And choose Command Prompt from the list of recovery options.

Then at the Command Prompt type this: chkdsk C: /f
And then press ENTER

Let it run all 5 tests without interruption.
Good luck.
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