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#1 it2neal

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:48 AM

Got the blue screen of death and now I get "invalid file partition" at bootup. Have been trying to solve this for a few days now but I'm lost. I've booted up with Parted Magic and run Testdisk but I don't get it and don't want to really mess up. Can anyone gve me some guidance?


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:21 AM

No such error message documented...please write the exact wording of the error message in order to help us help you.

 

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
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Posted 30 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

Sorry, I shouldn't try things from memory. When I boot up it says "invalid partition table". That is all that's on the page. I can't get to the desktop. I do have access to the internet through Parted Magic if that will help.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 10:17 AM

If you have a Windows XP install disk...you can try the fixmbr command, as documented Here .

 

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 10:32 AM

I tried that. It says  "FIXBOOT cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid". I think the problem there was when I installed last time the drive was assigned the letter "E". Command Prompt automatically uses "C". Couldn't find how to change it.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:45 AM

AFAIK...the Recovery Console reflects the Windows install you want to attempt to repair...at the beginning.  If you chose the correct install, drive letters have nothing to do with it.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

 

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 01:46 PM

So that pretty much leaves me with what was in my last post. Is there anywhere to go from there?



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

I'll move this to Internal Hardware forum...some of the personnel over there run into these situations more frequently and may have other alternatives you can try.

 

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

When booting to Parted Magic there is a drive health icon on the desktop. Run a short test. Does the drive pass? If it does see this guide. Do not write anything back to the drive as the guide shows. After doing a Deep Search does Testdisk find the partition(s)? Can you list the files as shown in the guide by pressing the "P" key?



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:34 AM

Went through all the steps. It says "the following partition can't be recovered" and lists the internal drive. Am I sunk?



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:38 AM

Not necessarily. Did you run the disk diagnostic?



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:42 AM

I didn't see anything that referred to disk diagnostic.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:44 AM

On the Parted Magic Desktop, there isn't an icon called Disk Health? When you ran the Deep Search of Testdisk how many partitions did it find?



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:19 AM

I ran it again. It shows:

 

HPFS  -  NTFS      0   1    1    9727  254  63   19455  253  62  156280257



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 10:48 AM

Did you double click the Disk Health icon on the Parted Magic Desktop? You should do this to determine if the disk has failed.

 

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Back out of the Testdisk menus. At the Window that has the Advanced option select Advanced and highlight the Partition shown. Select the Boot option. Does Testdisk say to have a valid Boot Sector? Do not write a new boot sector.

 

http://www.xtralogic.com/testdisk_rebuild_bootsector.shtml






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