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Windows 7: Corrupted Hard drive? Ugh

06 Jul 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Exactly how were you trying to "reset" (an unknown term here) Win7 using a Repair CD which is used to REpair Startup, System Restore, Reimage from a stored Win7 backup image, Run Memory Test, etc?

To restore your computer to factory settings for a factory-preinstalled Win7 computer you need a Factory Recovery disk which came with the machine or you make yourself from the Recovery Partition. In this case you should run Recovery from the partition first since it is more stable, saving the disks as backup.

You described some kind of recovery stalling midway which lost the ability to boot Win7. What exactly were you running from the Repair CD which would do this? Is it possible the CD didn't boot and you ran Factory Recovery from the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu choice to Repair My Computer which you say is no longer available now as a choice?


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06 Jul 2011   #12
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I will try this and let you know. Thank you very much
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06 Jul 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

Please answer my questions so we know what you have actually done.
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06 Jul 2011   #14
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Well either way I am pretty sure I had the right disc. I have done this before and it worked. And this time i got all the way through to the Reformatting of the harddrive when all of a sudden, boom, error.
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06 Jul 2011   #15
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

And yes, I did the Factory Restore option from the System Recovery options or whatever that is.
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06 Jul 2011   #16
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

And btw, under system recovery options there is no System Repair. Only Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt.
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06 Jul 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

To clarify: You did not in fact boot the CD, but triggered F8 Advanced Boot Options which had a Repair My Computer option at the top of the menu, and which is no longer there. From there you clicked through to Factory Recovery to run full Factory Recovery. Is this correct?

If so, how far did Factory Recovery run. Describe as many steps as you can remember. Were there any failure or error messages?

When Factory REcovery fails from boot, then the Recovery Disks are used as a backup. Do you have these? You may need to order them from your computer maker tech support.

Boot the WIn7 REpair CD, see if it finds an installation to Repair, accept any offered Repair. If it doesn't start boot back in to run Startup Repair repeatedly. Report back.

Next use Diskpart to determine which is the Recovery Partition (we can help), mark it Active and then reboot to see if it will run again. Partition - Mark as Active

If you want a picture of your HD partitions, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to find Recovery Partition and mark Active. Rightclick on the Win7 partition to see if your old files can be Explored.
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06 Jul 2011   #18
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Yes, I used the advance Boot options and did Repair My Computer the first time. Now the Repair My Computer option does not even show up. When I DID use it, I went maybe 3 minutes into the Factory Recover before it gave me an error. I wish I remembered the error number.
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06 Jul 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

Follow the steps I gave above using Repair CD and free Partition Wizard bootable CD.
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06 Jul 2011   #20
shank8

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Ok thanks, I just found the recovery drive using the disklist thing then I will do the Wizard cd
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