I accidentally powered down my laptop while it was installing an audio driver file yesterday and am pretty sure I hosed Windows.
When I booted the laptop back up I received the expected Lenovo splash screen, then got stuck at the "Starting Windows" screen with the pulsing colored Windows logo. I left it here overnight, and when I woke up it was still there.. 7 hours later. Rebooting many times still got my stuck at "Starting Windows".
After reading some instructions online I was able to get into the Startup Recovery panel and go to Command Prompt. I ran:
..and rebooted again. Now my laptop boots to the "Lenovo" splash screen as expected, and 0.1 second later goes to just a black screen with a blinking cursor. It stays here endlessly without now ever going to the "Starting Windows" screen
I was able to make a bootable ISO USB with a 64-bit Win7 recovery image from my other laptop. I can boot into it and run the recovery options again, however if I run any chkdsk commands the output says, "The type of filesystem is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives."
Any suggestions? Looks like something got f'ed up. I've read some fixes for this like the one here: http://www.m3datarecovery.com/raw-to-ntfs/chkdsk-not-available-for-raw-drives.html
Has anyone used this? Would it work on an encrypted drive? My HDD is encrypted from work, but I don't know if that [a] had anything to do with why the bootrec.exe commands didn't work, or [b] if M3 Data Recovery will work.
Edited by njburrito, 02 July 2016 - 01:18 PM.