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Windows 7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

06 Oct 2010   #110
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

This means you are in WIN RE mode, possible cause is the boot files are corrupted.

Try running Startup Repair:

You might need to run it three times as it can only fix one issue at a time.

Let us know if this helps.


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07 Oct 2010   #111
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the link; I tried to follow it, but I couldn't seem to get it to work.

I booted up using my Windows 7 installation disc, but when I select "Repair your computer," I only see the blank blue background; there's no menu for me to choose what OS I would like to restore. I can only assume this means either there's a problem with the SSD connection itself, or the Win7 installation on the SSD is not being detected.

Any thoughts?
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07 Oct 2010   #112
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello derp55, welcome to Seven Forums!



After you select "Repair your ..." you don't get a dialog box like this, "searching"?

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SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation-search.jpg


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07 Oct 2010   #113
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Bare Foot Kid.

Unfortunately, no. I got the little spinning circle ribbon indicating it was thinking/processing something, and then it changed back to the regular white mouse cursor, but there was nothing else; no dialogs or popups, just the blue background.

I'm not sure if this helps, but when nothing happened after 20 minutes I tried pressing <Shift> + F10 and also <Esc> just to make sure it was still responsive.

Pressing <Shift> + F10 brought up the command prompt as usual.

Pressing <Esc> brought up a popup asking if I wanted to quit the installation; when I gave confirmation it did not take me back to the page with the "Install Now" and "Repair your computer" options like it normally would, but just sat there with an empty blue background.
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07 Oct 2010   #114
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derp55 View Post
Hi Bare Foot Kid.

Unfortunately, no. I got the little spinning circle ribbon indicating it was thinking/processing something, and then it changed back to the regular white mouse cursor, but there was nothing else; no dialogs or popups, just the blue background.

I'm not sure if this helps, but when nothing happened after 20 minutes I tried pressing <Shift> + F10 and also <Esc> just to make sure it was still responsive.

Pressing <Shift> + F10 brought up the command prompt as usual.

Pressing <Esc> brought up a popup asking if I wanted to quit the installation; when I gave confirmation it did not take me back to the page with the "Install Now" and "Repair your computer" options like it normally would, but just sat there with an empty blue background.

Does the SSD manufacturer have any diagnostic utilities you could use to check if in fact the SSD is bad?
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07 Oct 2010   #115
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just checked the Crucial site and couldn't find anything in the form of diagnostic tools. There was also nothing that came with the SSD itself.
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07 Oct 2010   #116
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derp55 View Post
I just checked the Crucial site and couldn't find anything in the form of diagnostic tools. There was also nothing that came with the SSD itself.



Maybe if you start a new thread HERE you will get some better help as I'm fresh out of ideas, sorry mate.
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07 Oct 2010   #117
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Will do, thanks.

If I ever manage to get it worked out, I'll post the outcome here.
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07 Oct 2010   #118
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derp55 View Post
Will do, thanks.

If I ever manage to get it worked out, I'll post the outcome here.


Thanks, I would be interested to know; quote your original post here so I'll remember.
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08 Oct 2010   #119
derp55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derp55 View Post
Hello all,

I could really use some help in getting my SSD up and running again.

I've been using a Crucial C300 128 GB SSD to run Windows 7 Ultimate x64, but yesterday upon resuming from Sleep mode it crashed, and since then I've been unable to start Windows. It will go to the "Starting Windows" screen with the pulsing logo and never move forward.

I've since given up on the data currently in that SSD and would just like to be able to use it again. As such, I've followed the tutorial posted here, but when I get to the command prompt and try to run diskpart, I get the line:
"On computer: MINWINPC"
and a blinking cursor. Nothing happens.

Does this mean my SSD is dead?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Hello again,

I was able to resolve this issue using the nifty tool GParted.

I booted into GParted using a Live USB, and from there I was able to get some information about my SSD. GParted reported a lot of bad sectors and was unable to read any parameters off the drive. Actually, it seemed to not even know what format the drive was in, so I went ahead and formatted it to NTFS; I'm pretty sure that ruined any chances of reclaiming data off the SSD, but I was okay with that.

After that, I tried booting with the Win7 installation disc to see if the read problem with the drive was fixed. Indeed, diskpart no longer hanged indefinitely like before, and I was able to use your great tutorial to get a clean Win7 install back onto the SSD.

Activating a clean install of Win7 with an upgrade key was another headache, but that's a different issue.

Thanks for everything!
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