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Windows 7: Hard drive dead after BSOD? (but still readible through CMD)

28 Mar 2016   #1
Raficoo

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Hard drive dead after BSOD? (but still readible through CMD)

Greetings all,

It feels like like Deja vu as I've had a similar problem last year, which my harddrive was giving out beeps of death due to alot of vibration while the laptop was on... in the end I bought a new harddrive

This time, however, The problem began when I was just watching a movie and suddenly the screen went black and then I got a BSOD and my laptop restarted

Now I have a Lenovo Y580 laptop, the "LENOVO" screen shows up and it tries to boot Win7 but it can't so it starts the automatic startup repair process, and I've tried waiting for it, restoring to previous points with no success, I even tried this guide Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery but with no avail

I also can't start the laptop in Safe mode as it takes me to the startup repair no matter what

Now luckily this time I backed up my most important stuff not long ago as I feel the heat on the Lenovo Y580 is high which might reduce the life time of it

So.. I was expecting the worst condition, a totally damaged harddrive.. but this time there was no beeping noises or anything and here's the interesting part:
If I open the command prompt after closing the automatic repair process, I can access my HDD and I see all my contents(and their file sizes) on the drive.. so this makes me wonder if it's possible to recover some things from it or not
Here's a pic of my university folder(for example):

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I also tried removing the harddrive and plugged it into a enclosure and plugged it into my old desktop, detects the hard drive but can't be accessed.. and I find it funny the only way to access it is via CMD on the laptop during startup repair...

I also tried Hiren's bootdisk but when I click the drive it asks me if I want to format the drive so no
also tried Knoppix and it gave me an error


So I wanna ask if there's anyway to check if the contents I'm seeing via CMD can be copied or moved to another HDD or external HDD

Best Regards,
Raficoo.




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31 Mar 2016   #2
Raficoo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Update: Ok so given all other methods I tried(bootable softwares, plugging in the drive to an enclosure) failed, I managed to copy all the files I needed... how you ask?

The painfully slow way, via the CMD window in the system recovery options, I had to manually navigate through the folders and use the xcopy command to copy my files and folders from the HDD to a flash drive I have

After copying I opened the copied files and all of them open normally, so now what I'm wondering is how to get my HDD to work again (or figure how it's corrupted to a non-recoverable usable state)

so far upon booting up my laptop I get the "Starting windows" message for about a second or two then it quickly switches to the "Windows is loading files" message which takes me to the startup repair process(which if I cancel or the test completes with no reason I can go back to the system recovery options window(which is where I accessed the CMD))

So, any recommended methods I can use to diagnose my HDD.. if there's no absolutely no way to get it back to working state with the files in it I'm thinking of trying to format it and see if it lets me open it via file browser.
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31 Mar 2016   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

It is a good thing that you managed to copy with DOS - most of us have forgotten using DOS commands. Many don't even know such a thing existed.

I remember vaguely that this Lenovo - Y580 - the HDD is a Lenovo Specific hardware problem with the HDDs going awry often. But don't rely on my failing memory. Please check the Lenovo forums on this issue and raise it with Lenovo Support.

If it is indeed a Lenovo specific problem, only Lenovo can help with it.
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01 Apr 2016   #4
Raficoo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
It is a good thing that you managed to copy with DOS - most of us have forgotten using DOS commands. Many don't even know such a thing existed.

I remember vaguely that this Lenovo - Y580 - the HDD is a Lenovo Specific hardware problem with the HDDs going awry often. But don't rely on my failing memory. Please check the Lenovo forums on this issue and raise it with Lenovo Support.

If it is indeed a Lenovo specific problem, only Lenovo can help with it.
yeah, CMD is a forgotten saver sometimes.

And while it took me a good amount of time, I managed to copy all my needed files to the flash drive

then I used my factory recovery disk to restore the laptop to its factory state, which apparently worked!
So I guess some program or something in the OS messed up my Harddrive configuration somehow that didn't let the laptop read the harddrive properly, now after the restore my laptop is fresh and running.

Thanks for the suggestion non the less!

Best Regards,
Raficoo.
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