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Windows 7: Windows 7 boot failure: error 0xc0000225: can't repair or reinstall

25 Nov 2014   #11

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hi gregrocker

Hope you're good.

Long story short...

SeaTools long test failed, it found 8 errors and said 'Sector Repair Failure' notice...'Repair was unsuccessful on the hard drive.

I got past the hanging screens here: and here: by using the full retail DVD that I had from my other computer, rather than the recovery disk and system repair disk I had from the laptop, but it took ages on the second screen with a prompt 'searching for window installations' and then it went straight to the startup repair window without giving me any options - 'Your computer was unable to start', 'Startup repair is checking your system for problems...' then it asked me if I wanted to allow system restore and I said ok, but after reboot a BSOD flashed up and it rebooted back in to 'Your computer was unable to start', 'Startup repair is checking your system for problems...' and it just hung there for hours, so I gave up waiting and killed the power. I tried to boot back into the Windows DVD, but it just hung again every time on the screen linked to above.

I then loaded the bootable CD, Partition Wizard Home and I tried to use the option 'set windows boot partition' on the system partition, but it said 'failed to find windows directory', even though I could navigate to it and see it was there.

So by this time I was willing to reinstall as you suggested and stop wasting time, so I deleted the system partition in Partition Wizard Home and opted to start Windows reinstall, but after clicking on Install it just hung with the message 'Setup is starting', even with the flash USB ISO version you gave me, no luck. The only way I could get Windows to reinstall was by deleted the data partition as well, and as soon as I'd removed all partitions in Partition Wizard Home Windows installation worked easy. Excepting that I have to put everything back that is!

After Windows basic installation finished I ran chkdsk C:/f/v/r on restart and it tells me that it found bad clusters, corrected errors in the volume bimap, made corrections to the file system.

Should I buy a new HDD now before I reinstall fully? What would you do? How hard is it to fit one?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Nov 2014   #12
Microsoft MVP


If Seatools can't repair the HD until both it and Diskcheck find no problems, then I'd replace it.

The best Upgrade you can have is an SSD which is lightning fast and well worth the price which are coming down.

The hard drive looks pretty easy to swap out on your model according to Can I Upgrade The Hard Disk Drive On My Notebook? : Notebooks | Samsung

I'd go to the Samsung Support Downloads webpage for your model and read the Manual to see if there is more.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2014   #13

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

If the laptop were just used at home I would buy a SSD, but I sometimes take it on trips and I fill the hard drive with photos and films so I value the size, don't want to have to take a portable HDD too.

Also, it's 3 year old, and I only use it at home hooked up to my TV for watching web TV, so I'm not too bothered about HDD speed. Of course, if my new HDD fails again before I change laptop, I'll kick myself. Have ordered one of these. Samsung 1TB 2.5 inch 5400RPM SATA II Hard Disk Drive: Computers & Accessories

Hope I find the fit as easy as is sugested.

Thanks for all your help gregrocker. You've been invaluable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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