Vista Crash: No Longer Boots
Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:44 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:01 PM
There are plenty of hits on Google regarding that very error.
Try to read through: http://www.google.co...lient=firefox-a
Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:08 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:26 PM
On the other hand, you can try to slave the drive in another computer, or use hard drive enclosure to recover your data.
Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:37 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 10:40 PM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:48 AM
What exactly is wrong? Its about 3 years old. Is the hard drive failing? Or did some windows file get deleted? Like I said, Linux allowed me to look through the HD, and was able to access pretty much everything. After seatools, is there anything else I can try to recover the computer and get it to boot? Who does windows give me the "unmountable boot volume" blue screen, but Linux was able to mount the drive just fine? And lastly, if there is no hope of recovering and I have to do a fresh install, do I need to buy a new hard drive? or will this one be fine after a reformat?
Sorry for all the questions, I just really want to try to recover it and make it boot normally again. I feel like I'm missing something small here.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 04:31 PM
Clearly, your hard drive developed some errors (bad sectors).
What to do next?
You'll see, if Seatools will be able to fix those errors, but....
From my experience, bad sectors, once happened and fixed they have a tendency to happen again.
If Seatools will fix your drive and you still want to use it, make sure your backup is always recent.
Personally, I'd buy a new drive. Nowadays, hard drives are very cheap.
I had brand new drive once, which failed after 6 weeks
Its about 3 years old. Is the hard drive failing?
Posted 24 June 2010 - 04:33 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:43 AM
I guess its safe to say the hard drive is failing somewhere, right? Also, I decided to run SEATools again...This time it says SMART has been tripped!!! Can you explain what exactly SMART is, and since it was tripped is the HDD now useless?? Why can i boot just fine in safe mode, but not normal mode?? I could really use that computer while I'm waiting for the new HD. I feel like I keep getting closer but from what I've read, after SMART is tripped your screwed.
And finally, if I were to try and wipe this HD and reinstall windows and everything, would I be better off not even trying? Seatools gives me a few erase options but I don't know what to choose. And lastly, when my new HD gets here, how do I go about putting windows on it? The recovery disk has a "Install Vista" option, but won't I need a new product key or something?? Thanks again for all of your help...
Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:28 PM
Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. (sometimes written as SMART), is a monitoring system for computer hard disks to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.
It definitely means, your drive is failing.
This time it says SMART has been tripped!!!
Why you can operate in safe mode?
My guess...in safe mode Windows loads limited number of drivers and files. Hard drive corruption must be preventing other drivers/files from loading/working correctly in normal mode.
Windows product key should be located on a label on yous computer. Replacing just a hard drive, most likely, won't require any new activation.
The recovery disk has a "Install Vista" option, but won't I need a new product key or something??
Edited by Broni, 26 June 2010 - 03:28 PM.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:02 PM
So how do I go about installing windows on the new HD? Thanks!
Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:14 PM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:24 PM
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