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Windows 7: Boot Problem

07 Jul 2010   #1
mrsk7

Windows 7
 
 
Boot Problem

Hi there

The problem started when I pressed alt-tab while I was playing a game. After alt-tab, the system froze and so I tried Task Manager with no result. I pressed reset button and then I realized that the computer cannot boot Windows (I only have installed windows 7). I tried system restore, fixing boot problems using Windows 7 installation DVD but it didn't help. I don't wont to format the Computer because I have important files that I haven't backed up. Can I do anything to save the files? Thanks beforehands


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07 Jul 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi Mrsk7, Im going to assume that you have access to another machine as you have posted here

Download a Linux Live CD (Ubuntu for instance: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu) burn it to a blank disk (i recommend IMGburn http://www.imgburn.com) and boot from the CD. That will give you a temporary OS to back up your files in, (for instance to a USB drive, or a External HDD)

OR Unplug your HDD, plug it into a working Machine, and copy the important files onto the other PC, then plug the HDD back into the "dead" machine and reinstall Windows/ recover using a system Image
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07 Jul 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try this to Copy & Paste your data:
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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07 Jul 2010   #4
mrsk7

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks. I will try that
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07 Jul 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You are welcome, we are here 24/7 to help.
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07 Jul 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Try marking your Win7 partition active using DISKPART from the WIn7 DVD Repair command line: Partition - Mark as Active

Now run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots: Startup Repair

Does an installation show up to repair? Run Startup Repair anyway x3.

If this fails, follow theog's link to copy out your files.
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08 Jul 2010   #7
mrsk7

Windows 7
 
 

I tried startup repair one time before posting here, but there was no result. Now, I try to do the solutions above but the motherboard gives me a message "hard disk error" on startup and the hard disk is not listed.
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08 Jul 2010   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Check to see if listed in your BIOS.

Check your HD.
Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup(for command prompt)
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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08 Jul 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Check also the HD cabling and connection to the mobo. Swap out cable. Look in BIOS to see if HD is detected.

Is your Win7 DVD or Repair CD booting at all? Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

Please post back the exact wording of the error message and fill in your System Specs.
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08 Jul 2010   #10
mrsk7

Windows 7
 
 

Hi again
The drive is seagate 500gb. The motherboard(asus p5qd turbo) detects the drive (under the label "ide drive" and not stNUMBERCODE), it is listed in bios menu but not in the boot selection menu. I used the SeaTools only to find out the it cannot detect the seagate drive. The mobo gives me the error "Sata 1 Hard Drive Error. Press F1 to resume". I also changed the cables, plugged the drive into another computer but the result was the same. In the other computer, the drive was listed as stNUMBERCODE but again failed to boot (moreover the computer shut down after 20-30 sec). I don't know if this helps, but I was touching the surface of the drive to find out if it spins and I noticed that it spins for 10 sec after turning on the pc making weird noise and then it stops spinning.
I think that the the drive is heavily damaged and only replacement will save me. At least I can use my warranty (I bought the drive 3 months ago )

Thanks for the help
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