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#1 t3s

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:25 AM

My Toshiba L455D decided it doesn't want to load Windows 7 anymore.

It goes to the windows logo/loading screen but after that it is nothing but a cursor in a black background. Same with safemode; it goes through its list of processes being started but failed to load the gui.

I have tried using Toshiba's Restoration partition/program but it was no use. The startup fixer claims that windows had loaded successfully and did not need to be fixed. System Restore doesn't work either. One of the two backups, created yesterday, worked without a problem but failed to fix the issue. The second one from 2 days ago failed to rewrite some file in Thunderbird's folder, which I don't even use anyways.

I would like to either fix this issue, or install puppy linux or another small OS on my thumb drive so I can backup my data. Unetbootin doesn't even recognize my it, or anything else you might have to suggest.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:33 AM

Do you have another computer to slave the drive too?

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:03 AM

Make a system rescue CD http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:27 PM

I would like to either fix this issue, or install puppy linux or another small OS on my thumb drive so I can backup my data. Unetbootin doesn't even recognize my it, or anything else you might have to suggest.


I meant to say

I would like to either fix this issue or install puppy linux (or another small OS) to my thumb drive (Unetbootin doesn't even recognize it) so I can backup my data. Unless anything else you might have to suggest?


Do you have another computer to slave the drive too?


Not exactly... I have access to my neighbors ancient XP machine with Mobo and HD problems, and does not support SAT but But I am currently on my 10Gig Ubuntu 9.1 partition on mine if that helps any. Apparently the bootloader got deleted from my Thumb-Drive/"key" and could not load Puppy. I then remembered that I have 5 or so types of ubuntu live disks.

I have 13 DVD's I am getting ready to use to backup my data unless you have a better suggestion? Cuz I really don't want to use all of my disks, which I don't think is even enough for what I need to anyways.

Make a system rescue CD http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page


Looks like it only supports Linux partitions.

Thanks a bunch,
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Edited by Newb4Life, 02 April 2011 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 05:45 PM

Use the DVD approach, because that is the only way due to the other machine having hard drive issues and no SATA Support.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:14 PM

I have 13 DVD's I am getting ready to use to backup my data unless you have a better suggestion? Cuz I really don't want to use all of my disks, which I don't think is even enough for what I need to anyways.


At this point I am wondering if launching from the windows 7 boot CD could resolve your issues at least to some degree using the command prompt and typing chkdsk c: /r /p Note: /p may not be used anymore..

Another way to check your drive for issues is using the Ultimate Boot CD Link:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

On the parted magic OS there is a Smart utility for your hard drive. Allows for quick / long tests as well as the ability to see the Smart Error Logs.

Once you have it loaded you can check the hard drive for issues this could be causing the boot process to hang..

You can also attempt to do a system restore from the windows 7 cd, but i am not sure how successful this will be.

If you don't have the Windows CD you can use the cable mentioned below.

It could also be malware / virus. - If this is the case I would recommend buying yourself a external hard drive Usb cable, so you can connect your hard drive to your buddies system and scan it for malware. (Note: Use more than 3 virus scanners at least including ms malware removal tool)

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Here is a Link to the cable you can use for this process:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0249962

Hope this helps.

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Edited by thawee, 02 April 2011 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:48 PM

Well.. Grub seems to have screwed up my ability to boot from Toshiba's recovery partition.

It is supposed to be dev/sda2 but all three windows entries now load the same thing...(Windows 7).

So it looks like now I will have to make the disk to run chkdsk.

Any idea how to fix this?


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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:01 PM

what happens if you hit the key combination to boot to a device? It should give you the options to boot to the recovery partitions.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:16 PM

what happens if you hit the key combination to boot to a device? It should give you the options to boot to the recovery partitions.


Doesn't work. My options are to boot from HDD, CD/DVD, LAN


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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:12 PM

From "System Rescue CD"

This tutorial explains how you can backup the data from a Windows computer that cannot be booted any more. There are many reasons why a windows computer could stop working: installation of a bad driver, system crash with disk corruption, system files deleted, ... In that case you can just reinstall the operating system, but the most important thing is to first backup your data. If Windows is not bootable, you can just boot using SystemRescueCd to do that. Even running Linux, it's able to read the windows disk, and then you will be able to backup your data through the network. All the steps are detailed in this tutorial so that windows users with no knowledge of Linux can follow it to backup their data.

http://www.sysresccd.org/Sysresccd-manual-en_Backup_data_from_an_unbootable_windows_computer

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