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Windows 7: SSD Won't load my OS after driver update

14 Jan 2013   #1

windows 7 64bit ultimate
SSD Won't load my OS after driver update

Hello, thanks for taking the time to look at my issue. I just ran into a problem with my computer. My computer is running windows 7 64bit.

I got a new graphics card in today and put in my computer to crossfire. After I booted my computer back up it loaded fine, albeit slow, but crashed while installing new drivers for the card. Since then I haven't been able to get back on to that SSD(boot drive).

I can't access the advanced boot options to roll back the drivers that were installed as soon as the SSD was booted up.

I've tried numerous suggestions that I've found from other troubleshooting threads on the forums including; looking in my bios for a shortcut, pressing f8 twice per second, holding f8 down, pressing f8 as soon as the bios screen goes away in between the system attempting to load.
I just can't get to the advanced boot menu!

Any suggestions?

Edit: I should say that I AM able to load up windows on my storage hdd which also has windows 7 64bit installed; however, it doesn't even register that my SSD is plugged in under device manager or just computer.

Edit 2: This is crushing my life please help! lol

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Boot into BIOS setup to make sure SSD is detected and set first to boot, after DVD drive.

Then boot into Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair several times. It should offer to automate System Restore. If not and it fails to start Win7, boot back into Recovery Options to run System Restore and Disk Check

If SSD is not detected and is under warranty contact it's maker's Tech Support for help to test and if necessary RMA it. Otherwise replace the cables, test the drive using maker's diagnostics followed by Disk Check.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2013   #3

windows 7 64bit ultimate

Wow... Well that repair disc that I burned from my HDD couldn't find my SSD or HDD even though I found both in the bios and the auto fix messed up the boot on my HDD and now I can't get on that one either.... I'm getting an error saying that recent changes are preventing me from loading my operating system and to put in the disc that was recently used to change it... But that repair disc utility doesn't even recognize any installed operating systems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jan 2013   #4

windows 7 64bit ultimate

All right, heres an update.

I can't install windows 7 or repair windows 7 on my HDD.

My SSD, the drive I had been using to boot up can't even be recognized by the windows 7 repair disk or the windows 7 installation disc.

I can't fix or install my HDD because it says the drive is locked anytime I try to diagnose the problem whether it be from the auto-repair or anything under the advanced tab.

I've tried only having the SSD plugged in and it won't recognize a drive to attempt to fix. I've unplugged the SSD and tried fixing just the HDD and it still says the drive is locked.

I tried running command prompt chkdsk /f but it says that the drive is unlocked and write protected.... BUT when I click refresh PC it says that the drive is locked...

So I've been completely locked out of my computer for 2 days now and I have no idea how to fix this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Unplug the HDD, Boot into the Win7 DVD to see if it now detects Win7 to repair. If not from System Recovery Options Command Line run bootrec.exe /fixmbr and bootrec.exe /fixboot to see if this forces the installer to see the OS. Then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times .]

If this fails confirm the 100mb System Reserved partition (if you have it) or C is marked Active using Option Two in Mark Partition Active . Then run the 3 Startup Repairs again.

If this fails see if you can see and if necessary rescue your files using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free CD.

Then you can back up to work through all of the steps possible for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start or instead proceed to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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