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BSOD on startup. Inaccessible boot device


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#1 StayinPuft

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 12:42 PM

I have a computer I built myself and one day I was running it and chrome seemed to keep inexplicably closing without warning. I decided to restart my computer on when I booted it up it hit the Windows 8 logo on black background with the white circles, waited a little, then went straight to BSOD with the error: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. I've tried the multiple options in the recovery advanced options, and I made a recovery media from a laptop i have, but when I tried to use it said "The media inserted is not valid". I'm not quite sure what to do. I may open it up to see if there's a loose connection or something. Please help.



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

Definitely check your connections, specially the hard drive SATA data cable.

To be sure, you can swap the HDD data cable with the DVD.


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 02:42 PM

Checked connections and swapped DVD data cable with HDD cable. No change :(



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 02:55 PM

I'd have to assume that your hard drive is being detected, otherwise you couldn't get past the bios and see the Windows logo, which means that the error notification you got is NOT accurate.

Do you still have the installation media, be it a DVD or USB drive?

If so, you should be able to get to the built in Windows Recovery options.


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 03:18 PM

I've gone through the Recovery options using a recovery media made with a laptop and that didn't work. Then I re-downloaded the Windows 8 installer and made an installation drive with a flash drive and tried to use that to Refresh/Reset the PC but it said the media was not valid just like the recovery media. I don't have a DVD installation media.



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:32 PM

I didn't catch on at first, that it is normal that your recovery options for refreshing your system or for making a new OEM clean install, aren't possible unless you have a recovery partition, which you clearly don't have, if you installed Win 8 yourself.

Manufacturers include recovery partitions, to assist those who run into issues with their systems.

As it stands right now, your recovery options would be limited to a System Restore, or command prompt, or booting into Safe Mode, etc.

In other words, if you cannot fix your machine with those few options, a clean install will be the only thing you can do to get it going again.

Please don't forget that a clean install will wipe out all your personal data, so if your data isn't already backed up, you won't want to do a clean installation until you copy all your data to another drive.


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 05:19 PM

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This is a custom build, it is not a OEM computer.


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 05:26 PM

Yup.

I got that.

Do you agree that the only options for the OP are a System Restore or a clean installation, or do you have another suggestion?


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 05:26 PM

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Since this is a custom build, you should have the installation disc, correct?

 

If you have the installation disc follow the instructions at Window Eight Forums to do a Repair Installation.  This will not effect you data.


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

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Unfortunately I do not have an installation disc. The person who helped me build it used a Windows 7 Enterprise disc that he had. He moved away so I can't really get that. I then installed Windows 8 Pro but that was a download. The link you posted said I need Windows 8.1 Installation media if I have Windows 8.1, but I only can make a Windows 8 installation media flash drive?



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 06:43 PM

Also I am unable to reach my desktop, even in safe mode.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

If you are trying to boot into Safe Mode it has to be set to do this with the operating system running.  You can't boot into Safe Mode as you could with previous Windows operating systems by tapping the F8 key after pressing the power button.

 

You can download a IOS imgae of Windows 8 or 8.1 at the Windows Eight Forums.

 

If you are going to burn the ISO image to a disc using a computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can use the instructions below.

 

Burning a ISO file to a CD or DVD with ImgBurn
 
To burn a ISO file to a CD or DVD please downlaod ImgBurn and install it.
 
Insert blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
 
Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable CD.
 
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If you are not you will need to download ImgBurn and use it to burn the ISO image.
 

Burning a ISO file to a CD or DVD with ImgBurn
 
To burn a ISO file to a CD or DVD please downlaod ImgBurn and install it.
 
Insert blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
 
Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable CD.
 
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You may need to change the boot order in the so that the DVD/CD drive is the first device and the hdd/ssd the second drive.

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