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(Solved) - System Volume on Disk is Corrupt

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hatryst
hatryst
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Hi guys. My PC has given up. Was using it fine till everything stopped responding and i had to force reboot. Upon rebooting, the 'starting wondows' screen did not appear for a while, and then I was presented with a menu to either 'repair' or 'start windows normally'. Starting normally doesn't help, it stays at the starting wondows screen and then restarts. Repairing opens up startup repair, and till now i've tried the startup repair 5 times, tried running it from the DVD as well, no use, upon restarting, the computer comes at the same 'repair' or 'start normally screen'. HELP...

screenshots and more updates on the way

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hatryst
hatryst
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I just tried running sfc scannow using the commant prompt option after booting from the DVD. It says 'another system repair is pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart and run sfc again'

What else to do?
(assuming a 'clean install' is the last, LAST resort, i'd never want to go for that)

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minigeek
minigeek
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Hi hatryst!
Do you have any images that you could restore from?
In this case, I would firstly try using safe mode (hold F8 during bootup).
Could you boot into a linux disk and try to get some logs - there must be something!

I'm sure that Lighthouse or some of the other mods/geeks will arrive soon - help is on the way! Good Luck!

MiniGeek

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Lighthouse
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Hi Hatty, try this,
http://windowssecrets.com/top-.....reinstall/

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hatryst
hatryst
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I dunno why it is showing Windows 7 installed on Disk D:, while it is actually installed on C: ??

Startup repair results, in order, if they're helpful
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023744.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023745.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023746.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023747.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/194541.....023748.JPG <--- have a look at this one

LH, are you sure this is safe? All my settings and installed programs will be in place after the upgrade (i.e. non-destructive reinstall)?
I don't have a backup at hand, so keeping that in consideration, is it a risky thing to do? :(

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minigeek
minigeek
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Now would be a good time to (attempt) to get those files off it using a Linux Disk, if you don't already have the files backed up
There is a guide here:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....-computer/

Good Luck!

MiniGeek

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hatryst
hatryst
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Thanks MG, I do have another HDD (with an OS on it), I can set that one as primary and get all the data off this HDD, but the problem is, this is a 250GB HDD, and I have no place to put all that stuff!

I just want to know if the non-destructive reinstall (which LH linked to) is safe and won't affect my system's settings and installed programs. The data is on a separate partition, so no worries about that. All I'm worried about, is that my settings and softwares stay intact. If yes, I'm doing it right away.Since I don't have a recent image of my C: drive, i'm afraid to try this out...

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Lighthouse
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Hatty, when is anything 100% safe in the world of computers ? Image the partition, then go for it.

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hatryst
hatryst
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You're very right mate. But how do I image it now, without Windows?
Install Windows on the other HDD, then what to do? Macrium? Any tiny miny tutorial on imaging an external drive using Macrium?

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Lighthouse
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Maybe,
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....u-live-cd/

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hatryst
hatryst
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Okay so if I follow the guide as described here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....p-utility/ and also referring to whs's tutorial video on macrium, what I'll be doing is creating an image of my C: drive (which isn't currently working) just to be sure that IF something goes wrong in the non-destructive install and my programs and settings are gone, I can restore using the backup I made, and all those programs will be back. Is that right?

EDIT: Can't i use macrium? I hate this ubuntu sudo terminal stuff...
And please tell me if I'm right about what happens after making an image. Please correct me if i'm wrong

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minigeek
minigeek
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Clonezilla might also do the job, but it would make an exact (bootable) copy of your disk, and would wipe the destination disk. The destination disk also has to be larger than the source one.

http://www.howtogeek.com/57442.....lonezilla/

Lighthouse's idea might work better though, but you would have to be comfortable with linux/the command line :)

MiniGeek

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hatryst
hatryst
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MACRIUM
Will it work? I just wanna know this... I'm more familiar with macrium's interface and I want to use it. Question is, will it work the way I think so?

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GuiltySpark
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Hatryst ,

Is your D:\ on your computer the Optical drive ?

The only reason I ask is because you said you used the DVD to repair your system. Could it be that it's reading the DVD version of windows and not your C:\,
just a thought.

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raphoenix
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Where are you going to install MACRIUM with the HD messed up ????

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hatryst
hatryst
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GS, the D: drive is a partition on my HDD, it is a data partition, not an optical drive.
Rick, I have a spare HD I can use. Just want to know if it will work...

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Xhi
Xhi
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He will probably use the standalone CD version of Macrium.

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hatryst
hatryst
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All this hassle of installing Windows on a spare HDD and then using Macrium to image my original HDD's C: drive is ONLY for the sake of safety just in case something goes wrong and all my programs and settings are lost upon doing the 'upgrade' on the original HDD (to repair windows, based on this guide)

EDIY: Xhi, I'll install Macrium on the spare HDD that I have

Is this all necessary? Maybe yes, I can't risk my programs and settings...

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Xhi
Xhi
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Or that...

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hatryst
hatryst
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The third and final thing you need is a current backup. Although the reinstall process works reliably, it’s not infallible. Deep-seated system errors, OEM customizations, hardware trouble, or other variables may foil your reinstall efforts. Having a complete and current backup is a sensible precaution.

Does the author IN ANY WAY meant that without a backup, you MAY lose any data/settings on the drive?

(here: http://windowssecrets.com/top-.....reinstall/)

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