Machine Blue Screening? Cant boot to Safe Mode? Checkdisk hanging on stage 1 or not completing in 30 seconds to 1 minute? I Can HELP!
The drive is not lost. I had to post on this because I work for a shop, its a common enough problem that I see and it seems not a lot of real techs really know how to fix this. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to be conceited.
Most write the drive off as bad and replace it. DONT. The problem is that some of the sectors on the drive have become corrupted. If the drive is not making odd noises (like when they are bad) then the drive is fully recoverable.
You only need 1 software tool to fix this problem. HDDRegerator.
I have used this to repair drives so many hundreds of times for this exact same problem that its really ridiculous.
after you get the full version, either burn the boot cd or make the usb bootflash. boot the machine with the bad drive attached, select the bad drive when the menu comes up and choose scan & repair. Let the software run. I have seen it take anywhere from 30 minutes to scan a drive to 4 days on a really bad drive. This software will repair the drive regardless of file system format so that means even Mac and *nix users can benefit without the loss of data.
Once the drive is repaired (which it will unless the drive makes crazy noises) remove the cd/flash drive and reboot. Now, enjoy your repair.
I had to post this becuase I JUST finished doing it for one of my customers and I dont really hear of many knowing this either. I've taught this trick to many of my techs and quite a few of my savvy customers that come in to chit chat so I wanted to share with all of you.