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Windows 7: Windows 7 recovery disk (usb) won't start

04 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home x64
Windows 7 recovery disk (usb) won't start

I had a external hard drive that was no longer recognized by windows. I have an old(er) desktop without a hard drive sitting around so I plopped the corrupt drive into it (SATA2)

I have a bootable usb drive with the windows installation disk that I want to use to run chkdsk on the drive. When I start the computer I get the usual "windows loading files" with grey status bar then the "starting windows" splash screen. Then the screen goes black and I can hear the mechanical drive spinning in my case.

Any ideas why I can't get the installation/recovery disk to fully load? I have tried booting without the hard drive connected and I am able to get to the windows 7 recovery console running. Boot order is set to boot from usb first

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04 Dec 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64

Hello orangecrayon, Welcome to SF

If a drive has failed severely or in a certain way its possible it can crash the system cause problems, not sure best way to work around all i can think of is to place drive into external enclosure and connect via usb after machine has booted/loaded
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