First off let me say my first thought was to google the problem, and I've found a lot of similar situations, but none of the fixes have worked so far.
I have a desktop running Windows 8.1 which was self-built about 2 years ago. It has an intel CPU and an MSI mobo (I have more details somewhere if they're important). The only issue it had was it would occasionally not wake up from sleep mode if you left it for a while. My girlfriend was using it and got this issue, and forced a power button reset. While I would like to be able to blame this all on that I have also done the same thing in the past. She said it said "automatic recovery of disc, could take 1 hour", followed by the "repair loop" that i keep getting:
diagnosing PC ---> Attempting repairs ---> Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC
Log file: D:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\Srttrail.txt
All the advanced options are dead ends. For a while I couldn't even get it to boot from CD, but I went into BIOS and changed the boot order. When I boot from Windows CD the problem is essentially the same. I've specifically tried automatic repair several times because I read that sometimes it takes 3 times, but no luck there. I've also unplugged all peripherals, same issue.
One weird thing is when I go into the command prompt (from advanced options) all of my directories are missing. The same is true when I open notepad from command and browse files that way. Specifically I see:
System reserved (C:)
Local Disk (D:) <-- my hard drive
CD Drive (E:)
The D: drive shows 716 / 931 GB free, which seems high but I don't remember how much disk space I was using. In the directory though it's just a few empty folders and some logs. D:\WINDOWS has just Logs ---> PBR ---> 4 files that are meaningless to me. In the root directory there are a couple other folders (Intel and MSI) which each have a small handful of files (haven't been modified in over a month). That's it. I specifically looked for the srttrail.txt file but couldn't find it in any directory. Command prompt runs from (X:).
by the way based on some googling I also tried
but it didn't seem to change anything.
That's all I can think of for now. I even took apart my case, cleaned it and made sure the connections were all good. Nothing obviously amiss.
P.S. -- At one point while I was attempting stuff I held shift-F8 through the boot sequence. It wouldn't start up at all after that, aside from a black screen with the number 99 in the bottom corner. I swapped keyboards and it started getting to the repair sequence again.
Edit -- I also have no system restore points.
Edited by biciclub, 12 December 2014 - 08:52 AM.