Thread: Windows wont boot!
April 27th, 2006, 06:25 AM #1
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Windows wont boot!
Ok, i finally got my PC to turn on yesterday, and when it boots it starts up windows but than goes to a blue screebsaying that there is possible HD damagae, corruption, or virus! It says to run CHDSK /F, how do i do this? And is my HD damaged and all my data lost? How can i start windows thanks!HD:80GB Seagate Barracuda + 40GB Seagate IDE
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice @2.0Ghz
RAM:Patriot Signature 2X512
April 27th, 2006, 06:30 AM #2
If you know the brand of your HD get on their site and download the tool that will do a diagnostic on your drive.
April 27th, 2006, 03:31 PM #3
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if you have a windows cd, boot from it. Then it will give you options to either continue setting up windows, repair current installation, etc. choose repair by pressing r then enter, then it will come up with a black screen in the cmd prompt format. it will then ask you what windows installation to try repairing. type the number of the instalation you want to check that is listed. (generally 1) then enter.
if you have an administrator password it will then ask you to type that in. do so , then hit enter. now it will have a prompt for you to type in commands. type either "chkdsk /p" or "chkdsk /r" p is a partial scan that scans only most commonly affected files, while r is a chomprehensive scan that takes allot longer. if there was a problem it will finish with "windows has found 1 or more errors on the volume". if not it will say " windows has finished checking the volume. run a few times and then try rebooting. If you have a dell ( what I normally work with) They have a utility for drive diagnostics on boot. Simply type "Ctrl+Alt+D" when the bios screen is loading and it will run the drive diagnostics... doesn't work with other manufacturers however.
Hope this helps
Also "chkdsk /f" only works from the command prompt when windows is already loaded, but is basically the same as "chkdsk /p"
if it still gets the same error. your HD is probably bad. chances are you cant get your data off unless you pay some hefty fees for a data recovery company to get it for you .. or you have the experience and programs.
the only easy way to find out if it still recoverable without the programs is to plug it in to another computer with a working HD and OS and see if you cn retrieve any of the data that way
Last edited by RamseyC; April 27th, 2006 at 03:45 PM.
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