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Windows 7: Win7/Pro x64 - Booting Very Slow - Cannot Save Files

03 Mar 2017   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OK, Close Test Disk now by clicking X in the menu bar.

On the next run you are going to copy the files to your other 2TB external drive. Have you created a folder named Recovery in it? If not do it now.

On the next run on screen 2 please note the drive letter of your 2TB drive where you have created the Recovery folder..

When you reach screen 5, [Boot] was highlighted. Move the highlight to [List] and press enter. That should list your files.

Select all and copy the files to your other external drive into the Recovery folder you created..

Read this on How to copy the files first before you run TestDisk.

My post#28 here My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:

Screenshot 5 onwards is what you will do.

I would advise you select all files by pressing a. All the listed files will turn Green. Then press C ( Capital Shift+C) and a default location will be shown. No, navigate to the destination location.

(If your 2TB external drive is shown as Drive F: in screen 2, then your destination will be Directory F: / Recovery )

When your destination Directory F: / Recovery is reached press C (Shift+C) to copy

Allow copy to complete.

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03 Mar 2017   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Please read my edited post above.
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03 Mar 2017   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Note for future Screenshots:

Your screenshot in post #29 is truncated.

You must always post the full screen including the Commands available on that screen.

Win7/Pro x64 - Booting Very Slow - Cannot Save Files-03-03-2017-13-35-45.jpg

If not I won't be able to give you proper instructions for the next action.. ( TestDisk is highly interactive and the commands in any screen may vary according to the situation encountered.)

Had you posted the full screenshot as shown above, I would have straightway asked you to move the highlist to [List] Enter and proceed with the copy process, instead of asking you to rerun TestDisk to get at the [List] command.

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03 Mar 2017   #34

Win 7 Pro 64

Today my machine began balking even more. Yesterday I could open PSE6 and save a jpg of a screenshot. Today PSE6 has joined Word and it locks up if I ask it to save a file. My only other alternative is digital photos downloaded to my wife's Dell and posted from her machine, unless you can think of an alternative.

I have a printed copy of your 12 screen shot post "Copying files listed by TestDisk during Recovery." I am just starting to work my way through it.

In an abundance of caution I copied my Boot Drive to a folder on F: Computer Management reports 1800 GB free or 97%. The drive I copied is only 119 GB capacity (seemed like a lot when I installed it) so even at 21% free, what I copied is small relative to the 2 TB backup disk.

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03 Mar 2017   #35

Win 7 Pro 64
Avast Blocked Threat During Copy in TestDisk

I am on my wife's Dell.

I am about 25% done by my calculation. As I stopped in to check progress Avast popped up briefly to tell me that it had 'blocked a threat.' All I remember is that the file was a *.exe file.

Is this going to cause trouble? You said 'no multitasking.'

Perhaps TestDisk user instructions should include

1) only one window, that for TestDisk
2) disable AV during file transfer

What do you think?

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03 Mar 2017   #36

Win 7 Pro 64
Major Progress - Much Work to Be Done

Thank you, jumanji !

My wife sat next to me as we went down through the screen shots for today's effort. Together we managed to run TestDisk and copy my Data Disk to my external backup disk.

As we worked through it, we almost missed the small, off to the right side, drive letter at the start of the process. I have uncommon macular lesions that make seeing difficult. I may think of a few more suggestions I've not posted.

If you want to see 'screen shots' I did use my digital camera to create digital images of my CRT screen. At you request, I will download them to my wife's Dell and we will proceed from there. Some of the screens looked different.

I am pleased to report that when I opened the Recovery folder on my F: drive (external backup) I could see a file structure that looks much like it did before 2/28/17 when I began describing my problem. I've not explored enough to be certain of the extent to which it is exactly the same.

At this moment it is very easy to lock up Windows Explorer. I just tried using my mouse to move up one level instead of the Back arrow and it froze.

I think we should consider restoring my 1 TB data drive, but I will defer to your wisdom. I am very much 'in awe' of the TestDisk software and if you have yet another post where the process of finding and restoring a drive like that one, I thank you in advance for your guidance.

If you have any advice how I should ask for help on dealing with the problems that continue to cripple my machine, I ask for your help there, too. I hate to think of a clean install and finding and installing all the software I've installed. I spent at least a month sorting out how to install from an iso file, find drivers, and all.

Finally, I am really stymied because ZTreeWin won't work for me. I've been hoping that it is because the data disk is compromised, but that is probably not the root cause of the rest of my problems with slow booting and all. Should I consider simply uninstalling it and reinstalling it?

Thank you once more for getting me this far.
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04 Mar 2017   #37

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OK, baumgrenze, I see that you have been able successfully copy the files to your external drive destination folder Recovery.

As far as Recovering the drive itself - I have a very poor memory. Doesn't last for more than a day or two. Nearing 71, I can't expect anything better. I have to run through the whole thread again and refresh myself to see what is the problem I have dealt with .

If you want to run TestDisk again, disconnect from the internet, disable your antivirus and then proceed so that nothing interrupts the process.

As for your problem with Windows, I am not the or a competent person. You may post your problems in the Performance and Maintenance sub-forum for the experts' resolution.
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05 Mar 2017   #38

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Have you gone into msconfig to check your start up entries? That generally improves boot times on most all computers I've worked on personally. Be careful what you disable though. Don't disable any Microsoft services. Hide them and go through everything else.
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05 Mar 2017   #39

Win 7 Pro 64

Thank you, YaMoonSun

I found 12 entries and I had 2 unchecked. I decided to uncheck the hueyPRO monitor entry for now.

On further reflection and research I unchecked these, too.

Adobe Photo Downloader 4.0
Acrotray Adove distiller helper application
Catalyst Control Center (from Advanced Micro Devices)

It is certainly not overloaded enough to require an over 5 minute boot time.

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05 Mar 2017   #40

Win 7 Pro 64

No, jumanji, I've not disappeared. Time has today!

I intend to use TestDisk to copy both my Boot Drive and my Data Drive (one more time) to the backup drive, this time with no internet connection and no Avast.

I panicked briefly this afternoon when i could not find an income tax file. The software has been saving the files in a folder called 2013 and I never thought to look. To be fair, Intuit's website pointed me to using F3 on the desktop and navigating to the backup disk. It is 'clunky' compared to ZTreeWin, but I get the impression you can search a whole drive for a filespec like *abc*.* (or provide an extension if you want) and limit the results to just a few hits.

Thanks again for your patient guidance.
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