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main drive doens't boot anymore


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#1 cyberstefke

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 02:01 PM

I went away for the weekend and when I got home the pc didn't boot anymore. I got the message:

'reboot and select proper boot device'

I worked my way into the recovery console and used fixboot and fixmbr. Then tried bootcfg /rebuild. It said: "Error: Failed to successfully scan disk for Windows Installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system."

I tried to scan the HD for errors by using chkdsk /p /r but still it displays the same error massage after running bootcfg /rebuild.

Help? :-/

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 03:33 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

Your computer make and model number would be helpful to us in offering better assistance.

It appears your system was running fine and then a problem popped up.

The question is why the problem popped up out of no-where.

Was there a power failure or electrical storm during this time?

Was the system used by another person during your absence?

Was there a reboot performed?

What I would suggest is try opening the computer if this is a desktop model and try disconnecting the data cable from the primary hard drive, then re-connecting it again. Data cables connect to both the hard drive and the motherboard, so you should disconnect the cable at both locations.

Your connections could be hindered by oxidation or corrosion on the metal contacts.

This can cause hard drive issues such as yours.

Once this has been done, I suggest you boot up the computer and access the computer's BIOS utility and check the status on the PRIMARY CHANNEL, this would be where your hard drive would be connected.

SATA drives would be SATA 0 SATA 1 etc.

Make sure the drive is recognized by the system in this area.

Once you have performed this task, please post back if your computer continues to do as you posted above and we'll take it from there.

Kind regards.

Bruce.
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