Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-CR320E
Windows Vista 32-bit
Long story short: will not boot up after running Hitman Pro—it goes straight to 'recovery center'.
It appears that the c: drive is no longer recognized. After closing the "recovery" window, a message states that "OS not detected on the c: drive. Canoot boot into Windows".
I tried "bootrec /fixmbr" and "chkdsk c: \r", neither seems to have made a difference. I took the liberty of running FRST (see attached TXT file).
Here is a more detailed description:
I do have the recovery discs and OS installation discs. It would be nice to get the computer back to where it was before the scan, but at this point, I am ready to do a complete restore to factory settings.
No operating system is displayed in the "system recovery options" screen. "Startup repair" reports "MissingBootManager" problem signature. "Restore complete system" leads to "task failed with error -1" or something similar. The only thing I did not try is "wipe and erase data". I am willing to try this, although I figured I'd check to see if you all had another option in mind.
I can't get anywhere from the recovery mode menu. No backups are available. "hardware diagnostics" shows that "no error was detected". Attempting to restore the c: drive displays "system drive is too small or may not exist…", then prompts for the system recovery disc. "Rescue Data" leads to "failed to detect the internal hard disk to rescue."
In the BIOS, the hard drive shows up on the main screen (as 320 GB) and in the boot order (Western Digital 3200bpvt).
Thank you for your time.