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Windows 7: Windows 7 Startup Problems

06 May 2010   #31
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

If the download doesn't have to replaced in case that was in need you likely still saw a bad burn or had a bad blank disk. Have a usb flash drive onhand?

Rather then tossing bad disks you can download the shareware version of UltraISO and see the iso written the flash drive instead plus made bootable. That can work if your board supports booting from usb drives/devices which most recent and new boards do anyways.

But! You would first need to have someone you know with a running Windows system to either burn another cd or download and install UltraISO in order to write the iso to a flash drive. UltraISO will install on XP as well as on Vista and 7 both 32bit and 64bit Windows without problems making that a good flexible program to have onhand since you can also write Linux isos to flash drives as well as GParted.

That's a suggestion for at least seeing the WD tools working for you.


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06 May 2010   #32
gregrocker

 

This is the one that works best for me for WD drives. I've had problems getting Data Lifeguard to work but GWScan is more user-friendly. In fact it works on almost all makes.

GWSCAN 5.12

It unzips to C:cabs where you can find and burn the ISO to CD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.
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07 May 2010   #33
Night Hawk

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Gateway uses different makes of drives for their desktops when the option to buy in bulk for any new model comes along. You would expect to see them having a tool of their own available.

The GWSCAN512.iso file is the one to look for once the download is opened and creates a new "cab" folder on the drive while unfortunately again requires you are booted in Windows! since that's where you start the exe file. You will need again to unpack the files on another Windows machine in order to see the iso available.
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07 May 2010   #34
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I'll try and run it in Wine?
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07 May 2010   #35
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I extracted it to a folder in Wine, but there are a bunch of other files aside from the iso file...?

EDIT: read_me.txt tells me to just burn the ISO, and copy the other files to a bootable floppy, does anyone even own a floppy drive anymore?


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07 May 2010   #36
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The last build here had one! That was when trying to install Windows 3.1 on a virtual hard disk which didn't!

The iso will be your concern there however since you need to make a bootable cd with that and simply ignore the rest for the time being. Those are simply included for the floppy option if available like on an old boat anchor.

Once you see a good burn even with the WD iso and it loads properly you should see the results in only a few minutes once the scans complete.

Meanwhile I have to ask if you had oced anything lately like memory? That can stall 7 at the startup logo or prevent a good install if you have the memory clock raised up on the board at all. When trying a few things out on the new build here the clean install just seen on a new drive would stall at the logo screen! Once the memory clock was back on auto 7 loaded right up like nothing ever happened!
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07 May 2010   #37
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
The last build here had one! That was when trying to install Windows 3.1 on a virtual hard disk which didn't!

The iso will be your concern there however since you need to make a bootable cd with that and simply ignore the rest for the time being. Those are simply included for the floppy option if available like on an old boat anchor.

Once you see a good burn even with the WD iso and it loads properly you should see the results in only a few minutes once the scans complete.

Meanwhile I have to ask if you had oced anything lately like memory? That can stall 7 at the startup logo or prevent a good install if you have the memory clock raised up on the board at all. When trying a few things out on the new build here the clean install just seen on a new drive would stall at the logo screen! Once the memory clock was back on auto 7 loaded right up like nothing ever happened!
Well I have pretty much confirmed it is my HDD, there are bad sectors and it freezes when I try to open certain things on the HDD. I tried running GWScan but it seemed like it froze, I left it on for 3 hours and after 30 minutes it said "Estimated TIme REmaining: 1 hour, 19 minutes, 30 seconds", then 2.5 hours later it still said the same thing and the progress bar hadn't moved at all...
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07 May 2010   #38
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Bad sectors or bad read heads I think you will be looking a new drive now.

I still have a pair of drives I simply left in the old case about 4yrs. old that still work like new if you need one of those! I noticed the WD5000AAKS and had been running a pair of those until going with the 1tb Black edition model.

It does sound a bit like one older drive I had quit on me only in reverse where you were able to read anything and run anything but couldn't write anything to the drive like installing Windows. This is why I keep an extra onhand and just finished creating 3 new system images on different drives on the new build here in case one lets go.
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07 May 2010   #39
gregrocker

 

Just one last thing: can you verify the GWScan CD you burned using ImgBurn, and then run it's diagnostics/repair full scan on another drive so we know for sure it is not your burn or CD that is at fault?

I hate to give up on a HD if it can be saved. I would also myself run the free Partition Wizard CD HD surface scan and file checker to actually see the bad sectors on map, or a similar scan to verify the HD gone.
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07 May 2010   #40
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

ImgBurn won't run in ubuntu however. This is why Chriso had to use wine to burn the first cd.

If the problem is only with a few bad sectors and not too bad then you can often patch up a drive to some extent. If however it turns out to be worn heads while the platters are intact you would still end needing new drive.

You'll know when getting a known to be good drive in and see that work well if the problem is limited to the drive by itself.

There's one other question I have to ask here about which mode do you have the main drive set for.... ACHI or Native ide? With the ACHI mode set on the new build here Windows would stall at the logo screen until changing it to the Native Ide mode in the bios. Just as as thought try loading the optimized defaults to see if that makes any difference there.
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