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Windows 7: SFC /Scannow = Instant Freeze, even in Safe Mode


06 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
SFC /Scannow = Instant Freeze, even in Safe Mode

I recently upgraded to an SSD in my desktop. Everything was working fine for several months now my system won't boot from the SSD. I'm running Win 7 Ultimate 32 Bit on a custom PC. Here are the symptoms and what I've tried:

Windows boots on SSD and then freezes within 10 seconds... this happens with EVERY boot attempt
Windows will not boot into safe mode on SSD... same as above freezes instantly
Sometimes when attempting SSD boot, system will boot cycle and never load

I have been trying to repair booting from Windows DVD:
Startup repair function detects no errors
Check disk completes successfully and repairs any issues
SFC /scannow freezes after 10 seconds of running when accessing from Windows DVD

I have been trying to repair using ERD 6.5 32 bit:
Startup repair function detects no errors
Check disk completes successfully and repairs any issues
SFC /scannow freezes after 10 seconds of running when accessing from ERD 6.5 disk

I can still boot the PC from my old HDD that I left in the system for problems such as this. I can access the SSD and recover all my files but I don't want to have to resort to a full system wipe and install again. Here's the funny thing: Windows running on HDD performing offline SFC to the SSD still causes system to freeze after 10 seconds, running in regular or safe mode!

I'm completely stumped! Any suggestions?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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06 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Some system specs may be useful. Also post an image of your Disk Management screen.

How can you be sure you've been booting off the SSD? Is it an image from the HDD or a new Windows install?
Try running the SFC off the original Windows disc. You can get to a command prompt there. I suspect both drives have corrupt system files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

I'm sure I'm booting off the SSD because I select it as the primary boot drive in bios. This is confirmed when the windows desktop loads, and then freezes. It is a separate device than the HDD and has a new windows install on it. Both hard drives have separate windows installations.

Quote:
I have been trying to repair booting from Windows DVD:
SFC /scannow freezes after 10 seconds of running when accessing from Windows DVD
I have tried to run SFC from original windows disc - from command prompt, both directly to the drive and offline and from ERD disc.

Here's my system specs and disk management:

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Edit: I will also include that SFC completes to 100% successful with no integrity violations when run on the HDD from the windows installtion on the HDD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

According to that, your booting off the HDD.

Shutdown your system and shut off the power supply or unplug. Press and hold the PC power-on button for 10 seconds.
Disconnect the SATA cable from HDD.
Repower the system.
Follow this tutorial for a Clean Install of Windows 7 but substitute SSD where it says HDD.

After Windows is updated and necessary re-boots are complete, shutdown the system and follow the power off process again.
Reconnect the HDD and power up.
Reassign a drive letter to the HDD. Do NOT assign a drive letter to ANY "System Reserved" partition. NEVER!
Follow this tutorial for Marking Drive Inactive if any drive/partition marked as Active EXCEPT on the SSD.

Repost a new Disk Management after you completed these steps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Yes, I am booting off of the HDD in order to show you disk management, system specs, etc. If I boot from the SSD the system freezes instantly, as previously stated in the OP. I can't even navigate too the disk management in time before the system freezes or even take a screen capture if I boot from the SSD. That is why I am currently using the HDD to gain any feasible access to the SSD.

I am capable of performing a clean install on the drive and I'm pretty sure that will fix the problem. I just don't want to do that yet. I need to dig out all my programs, software, and registration keys from storage. I'm trying to see if there is any way to resolve the issue without performing a clean install. I can not perform another windows install, as I'm sure you are aware, on the SSD and preserve my programs because I can't operate that installation (on the SSD) long enough to blink before it crashes.

I really do appreciate your attention to my thread but I feel like you didn't even read my OP.
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I can access the SSD and recover all my files but I don't want to have to resort to a full system wipe and install again.
My next step is to perform a clean install. I came to this forum to seek any help or advice on problems that are beyond my capability of fixing. A clean windows install is my last resort and I am aware it is an entirely viable option and may be my only one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

The SSD was not set up correctly but you can do as you wish.
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