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Windows 7: Cannot Boot From Recovery CD

17 Oct 2017   #61
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK, found the Firefox bookmarks and copied to USB. Later today will try to boot from regular windows. Thanks!


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17 Oct 2017   #62
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Let us know how it goes.
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17 Oct 2017   #63
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Booting to regular Windows resulted only in a blue screen. So I shut down, used F12 to enter the Diagnostics screen and ran that. Everything passed, except for Error Code 2000-0142, self-test unsuccessful, Status 79." I know all that means hard drive failure. From what I'm reading, about all I can do now is try to reseat the HD, in case there's a bad connection. Don't have a lot of faith I could do that correctly.
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17 Oct 2017   #64
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

At least I retrieved all my files, thanks to you!
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17 Oct 2017   #65
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is probably safest for you to replace the Hard Drive.

You could consider an SSD which is faster than a spinner, but more expensive.

There should be a factory.wim on the recovery partition. If you can copy that somewhere, you can install onto the new HD/SSD from that.
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17 Oct 2017   #66
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can extract the windlg.exe file from this zip onto your usb drive. Boot up the OS, and run the windlg.exe. It will test your HD.
WinDlg.zip


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18 Oct 2017   #67
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks---ran chkdsk again and this time it did new things...deleted corrupt files and inserted attributes. But still ended up with 240 KB bad sectors, and blue screen when I tried to boot normally. Tomorrow I will try to test the HD with the file you linked to, soon as I get some time. Merci...
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19 Oct 2017   #68
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Your disk is dying. You must replace your HDD. As SiW suggested, buy a SSD.
I have one of this PNY CS1311 2.5 SSD7CS1311-240-RB - Newegg.com
So far so good.

factory.wim is a disk image to restore the computer as it came from Dell. If you can copy factory.wim on the recovery partition to an external disk then you can easily apply it to the new disk (thanks to SIW marvelous tools)
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19 Oct 2017   #69
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I did the WinDig test...HD failed the quick test. If I go ahead with getting a new HD, could I easily install it? And how can I ensure it's compatible? Also, how long will Microsoft update Windows 7? Of course I would rather not have to buy a new computer, but if I'm just facing more problems, perhaps it's time...?
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19 Oct 2017   #70
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It isn't difficult to put an HD into a laptop usually.

2.5" drives are made for laptops. $45 for a wd blue 500gb spinner.
Laptop Hard Drives, Notebook Hard Drives - Newegg.com


If you want an ssd they are faster, lighter, use less battery power and cost a bit more. You might find it makes quite a difference to your lappy.
example:
PNY CS1311 2.5 SSD7CS1311-240-RB - Newegg.com


Win7 will continue to receive updates till 2020.

You can do a free upgrade to win 10, if/when you want.
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