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#1 wuzzo

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:53 AM

Of my five PCs two are currently down due to Windows problems.  This is my latest disaster-  my wife's machine with all her photos on it.

 

For no apparent reason the machine failed to boot.  Perfectly OK when switched off yesterday, fails to start today.  Message reads;

 

Windows failed to start.

Insert installation disk.

Click Repair Computer.

Status 0x000000F

 

Fine.  After inserting the disk-  the same Windows 7 Home Premium installation disk- and choosing ' Repair '-  message reads;

 

This version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair.

 

Where do I go from here, please ?

The OS was installed on NTFS with 64-bit and I'm trying to repair with the same disk.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:33 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

Where did the Win 7 disk originate?

 

Same system as detailed at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/485577/reboot-and-select-proper-boot-device/#entry2978898 ?

 

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Edited by hamluis, 10 April 2013 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:07 AM

Hello hamluis,

Yes, it's the same machine.  It's a self -build and it was working perfectly.  The Windows 7 Home Premium disk is genuine and came from eBuyer, UK. 

I'm getting the usual ' post ' beep but no Windows.  


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:37 PM

Yes, I probably did install the updates-  although I can't be sure.   I am getting the message displayed by following your alert links though, which is;

 

Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem, To do this, follow these steps:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click next.
3. Click "Repair your computer."

Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

 

I can't get beyond there though, as outlined in the opening post.    Message upon inserting the disk is;

 

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This version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair.

 

 

I'd go in via F8 but there's no response to that key.


Edited by wuzzo, 15 April 2013 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 02:07 PM

Do you have more than 1 HDD in your computer? If so, try disabling all of the drives except for the one that your trying to recover and see if that helps.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:52 PM

OK, the OS drive was as dead as mutton.  It was a two-year old Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint SATA II.  It's my first HDD failure in 12 years. Wouldn't you think that Windows would have a ' dead drive ' message instead of all that useless guff that's cost me hours of tedium ?  What I need now is a good free cloning app. so I don't fall victim again.  Any suggestions ? 


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:36 PM

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How did you came to the conclusion that your HDD failed ?. Did you run a diagnostic test ?



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

Like Anshad asked, how did you diagnose the HDD as being faulty? Did you plug it up to another computer and it didn't recognize it or did you set it up as a backup drive in your computer, but it didn't post or what...

 

As far as a good image cloning software, I've always used Acronis True Image. Feel free to give it a shot and see if you like it.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:31 PM

Hello there,

I'm sorry I neglected this thread but I got involved in other things once my crook machine was running again.

 

Yes, I installed the bad drive in another machine and it wasn't recognised.  I also tried to look at it with Parted Magic but it just wasn't there.

Thanks for the help and advice.

 

Is there a specialised audio forum here ?  Most of my recent problems involve sequencers, sound cards and plugins. 


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:55 PM

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