I did a hard shutdown when my system was running slow ( ASUS A53sv 64bit ) and when I went to reboot I was sent to the system repair screen. I cancelled out of repair mode once and then went back to it and let it run. After about 20 hours I received a message that it had finished and I should try rebooting. I wound up back at the system repair screen again. I dl'ed a linux live boot iso ( puppy linux )and was able to mount my partitions and am moving my data to an external drive .
I would love some assistance in determining if the drive is failing and if it is possible to get this system up and running again.