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dcapps1963

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Running windows 7 on HP Pavilian laptop. Windows will not start, boots directly to Windows Error Recovery. If I select "Launch Startup Repair", it brings up a screen that says Windows is loading files with the white progress bar at bottom, when it completes it goes to a black/blue screen and nothing else. If I select "Start Windows Normally" it brings up screen that says Starting Windows (no logo, no green progress bar) and just hangs. If I boot into Advanced Boot Options and select "Repair your computer" it brings up the Windows loading files with the white progress bar, will then go briefly to a starting windows with the green progress bar, then directly to black/blue screen. Would welcome any advice on how to proceed.

edit to add: Created a Windows7 System Repair Disc from an identical computer, booted the bad one to the repair disc. It went thru the Windows Loading Files (much longer than when attempting the "repair your computer" earlier), then went to the black/blue screen.

Edited by dcapps1963, 13 October 2013 - 06:51 PM.

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Try this: How to Recover from an Infinitely Looping Startup Repair Loop without Reinstalling Windows
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I started System Recovery running this morning, has reached what is step 3 in the instructions you sent, has been on that screen for at least 6 hours "attempting repairs". The blue bar is still scrolling so doesn't appear to be locked up but the screen itself says might take over an hour to complete. Is over six hours normal or am I wasting my time waiting and should cancel it out?
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What step was the last one you did?
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System recovery ran for almost 24 hours before finally telling me that it was unrepairable. I will try completing the steps from the link you provided tonight. If that doesnt work, I do have a SATA to USB cable, I can try that route to see if I can pull anything off of the bad drive. There were never any odd sounds from the drive and the activity light did indicate activity, hopefully thats a good sign? If that doesnt work, is there a particular software that you recommend for file recovery, preferably cheap, free even better of course, but I dont want to make matters worse going the cheap route if spending a little bit of money would have been sucessful.

edit to add: I have connected the bad drive via SATA to USB. The drive does not show in Windows Explorer but does show in Device manager. Selecting properties in Device manager the device status says "This device is working properly" however on the volumes tab it shows status: Offline. Any ideas?

Edited by dcapps1963, 15 October 2013 - 04:13 PM.

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Finally got it, had to go into computer management and bring drive online. Have backup up the files that I wanted. You can close this topic out, thanks so much for all of your help!
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