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Windows 7: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

11 Jan 2013   #220
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

So are you saying they're lost? Why only the Document Files and not the whole Windows system?


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11 Jan 2013   #221
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Are you looking in your "C:\Users\(user-name)Desktop" and "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folders for them?
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11 Jan 2013   #222
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Yes I am. I can see the Desktop Folder but there's nothing inside it. And there is no My Documents or Documents Folder inside the User(s) Folder. I'm really depressed now. I was hoping they were hidden somehow but I couldn't see them with knoppix either.
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11 Jan 2013   #223
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You should be fine to do the tutorial if you are still getting a startup repair loop.

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Hopefully your files may show up afterwards. If not, and you are able to boot into Windows, then you might see if you may be able to recover your files with Previous Versions and/or Recuva.
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12 Jan 2013   #224
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

At least, you are giving me some hope, Thanks.

I've never tried Recuva, just DiskDigger. I'll let you know what happens but thank you for everything, really.
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13 Jan 2013   #225
CaseyG

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Help

After I follow the steps it takes me to a black screen hitch a cursor and nothing else, wtf help
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14 Jan 2013   #226
dmurphysr

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I have the same problem, I get the black screen also, Im trying to redo the steps again, hoping that I will not get it this time, but just in case, please post help. Thank you
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25 Jan 2013   #227
katrua

Windows 7 Starter & Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Stuck at step 12

After a week of thrashing around with first replacing the old hard drive on our office Dell PC, and now being confronted with an infinite loop on the notebook I was using as a backup while I wrestled with the PC ... I can't express how happy I am to find this site! Most of the hard-core sites wander off into unintelligible (to me) suggestions that make my eyes cross. Thank you thank you thank you for this clearly worded and easy-to-follow procedure!

I let startup repair do its little dance for two days, then finally opened up the dratted notebook last night, popped out the hard drive and copied most of the vital, easily seen files onto a usb thumb drive with a SATA-USB adapter. So I've got most of the important stuff, but I'm convinced there's a backup file for our invoicing program on there that would save me a lot of hassle in having to re-number and track down all the shipping docs that went out the day the sucker died on me. Plus, it'd be nice not to have to buy a second new hard drive for the notebook if I don't absolutely need to ...

Anyway. Everything went great with the tutorial until step 12. I initiated the copy to mybackup, but it stalled on copying the SYSTEM file. So I'm stuck here:

E:\Windows\System32\config>copy *.* mybackup
BCD-Template
COMPONENTS
DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
//It hung here for a while, then finally spit out:
The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
SYSTEM
6 file<s> copied.
I tried it a second time, telling it to copy over the prior files that were copied, just because, hey, why not? But still no dice. Does this mean there's definitely something irreparably toasted on the HD and I should give up and just start with the replace/reinstall, or is there something else I can try??
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25 Jan 2013   #228
katrua

Windows 7 Starter & Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

OK, so I'm clearly not the patient type ...

I reread the tutorial and realized/remembered that step 12 was just to create the backup in case the whole maneuver didn't work, so figuring that the worst that could happen was that I'd lose some data I couldn't access anyway, I went ahead and moved on to replacing the reg hive files with the backup.

Rebooting took forever, but it did eventually boot into Windows. And though it was super sluggish at first, it now appears to be working pretty well (although I haven't restarted again yet). I didn't manage to salvage the backup invoice-database file I was looking for, but I'm not sure it even managed to make one at the relevant point anyway, and I only lost a few documents all told.

Just thought I'd leave an update and thank Dzomlija again for the great tutorial!
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25 Jan 2013   #229
motc7

 
 
FRIGGING AWESOME!

Thread author you rock! I had a partner machine at work that crapped out like this and your fix worked. I have been a member here for a few years, but been away for awhile.

Seven Forums - Kicking Windows arse since 2009
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