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You have few choice you can reinstall Windows OS as you already backup your personal files you only lose your settings which cannot be backup from WinRe. You can run the Chkdsk D:  /r command and try to repair the partition table with TestDisk tool if you cannot repair the partition table then your only option is to reinstall Windows OS. I must add there is a chance that the HDD is failing.


Edited by FreeBooter, 26 April 2016 - 07:20 PM.

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OK, I'm still of course hoping to avoid a total reset. Am I correct that the Chkdsk step is the last possibility for that?

Also, once again, do you need to see that new SrtTrail.txt file (the one that I said i posted but seems to have disappeared)? Would it make a difference?
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I would like to have a look at SrtTrail.txt file after you run the Startup Repair tool. You should run Chkdsk command because Windows try to repair the file system run the Chkdsk D:  /r command to make sure there is no surface errors on D: partition. If there is no surface errors or they all repaired by Chkdsk command then use TestDisk tool to repair the partition table.


Edited by FreeBooter, 26 April 2016 - 08:43 PM.

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OK, I ran startup repair again. I had the boot USB in if that makes any difference. Attached are the pics of the txt file.

Also, I would like to confirm the steps for testdsk:

1. Extract Windows 64-bit (http://www.cgsecurit...k-7.0.win64.zip) version of the TestDisk archive to a external HDD

2. Go into WinRe and open the Command Prompt

3. change the directory path to the external HDD by typing: Cd /d X:\testdisk-7.0.win\testdisk-7.0

4.Once in the extracted directory, Type testdisk_win.exe, press Enter


If the above is correct, please answer the following:
1. How do I determine what drive letter the external HDD is?
2. I was reading the instructions at the link you sent ("How to Repair a Damaged Partition Table or MBR"
http://www.geekyproj...table-or-mbr/),how do I know what partition to choose?
3. Step 8 at geekyprojects is missing a word. It reads "Once it finds click on [Write] and..." Um, once it finds WHAT?

As always a BIG thank you!
P.S. I am running Chkdsk as I post this. I can let you know results when it's done.

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It looks like partition table has been repaired lets leave the partition table for now as log file report NTFS.sys driver corrupted. This is my plan we copy NTFS.sys file from WinSxS folder which also holds cache for Windows system files if this files wont work which we can only know by booting the computer after replacing NTFS.sys file and if Windows wont boot then you have to run the Startup Repair and show me the logs contain at SrtTrail.txt file if NTFS.sys driver is repaired but some other issue come up then i can confirm that your HDD is failing.

From Command Prompt type Dir /S /A  D:\Windows\WinSxS\NTFS.sys now there could be more then one NTFS.sys file inside different folders. Execute Dir /A C:\Windows\System32\Drivers  compare the NTFS.sys file size of this Dir output with NTFS.sys files contain at subdirectory of the WinSxS folder. You want to copy same size NTFS.sys file. Use Copy command to copy and replace NTFS.sys file store at C:\Windows\System32\Drivers folder. Type Copy  D:\Windows\WinSXS\NTFS.sys    C:\Windows\System32\Drivers command.


Edited by FreeBooter, 27 April 2016 - 03:42 AM.

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OK, before we continue, I realized i messed up something: When using the other computer to back up my files, I had forgotten some folders, so I quickly copied them. But in my haste, the external HDD i copied them to was actually my computer's drive, not my spare HDD.

So, before I do the INTF thing, can you please tell me how to copy directories from the internal C: Drive to an external f: Drive using the command prompt?


If it's not possible, please let me know that too. (I tried xcopy but was apparently not doing it right -- I kept getting "too many parameters" error)

Thanks!
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For example to copy all the files and subdirectory and files contain in them from C:\data to the folder F:\Newfolder we need to run the below command.

Xcopy  /I  /E   C:\data   F:\Newfolder

This command creates the folder F:\Newfolder if it already does not exist. It also creates the same directory/file structure in the destination folder.


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Hi. Sorry to continue with this somewhat off-topic thing. So my folder is called C:\Newer Docs

I tried: xcopy /I /E C:\Newer Docs G:\Newer

The computer says Invalid number of parameters. I figured it was the space, so I tried:

xcopy /I /E C:\Newer_Docs G:\Newer

Then it says File not found.

What am I doing wrong?

Thank you again.
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Execute xcopy /I /E "C:\Newer Docs" G:\Newer  command. You can enclose the whole path by double-quotes (") when file name or paths contain spaces.


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Thank you for that. Huge help. I'm now working on copying the remaining files and reorganizing the copied files (so that I can be sure I have everything and save as much as possible). This may take me some time. Once complete, I will return to your previous steps and post results.
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Hi, Freebooter, I'm back. Because my external HDDS are smaller than my computer's HDD, I had to do a lot of juggling and a lot file management to save the rest of my files (I realized a lot of my video and comics files are now hard to find online, so I couldn't let then go as originally planned)...I've not slept. Nor dis i get a chance to DL that utility you wanted me to get.

But I tried your idea to replace the NTFS.sys file. I got the error in the first image.

But it may not matter, b/c when I booted, I got the error in the 2nd image!

Any chance that message is wrong?

Also, another file question: I can't seem to get to my FONTS folder via cmd. I think it's in the Windows folder...i can't even view it from the cmd prompt. When I did a directory search for any folder named Fonts, I got"access denied."(I had NO passwords set on my user name or any folders in Windows). What do I do? I've a lot of unusual fonts that I use for art and video projects and the like.

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Hi, Freebooter,

Checking in since I've not heard from you in a day or so.

I went into the Windows\winsxs folder to manually view it and see if there's any NTFS file. There were thousands of amd64 directories, then almost as many directories beginning with mail, files after that were:
Pending.xml...(numbers followed)
Poqexec.log.
Then it was back to directories -- hundreds of them starting with wow64 and x86...but absolutely no NTFS file.

However, I was all of a sudden able to view my fonts folder... So that was good at least.

Anyway, please let me know your assessment as soon as you have a chance. (I just have trouble believing my Seagate HDD is failing after only a year or so.)

Thank you as always!
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P.S. "beginning with mail" was a typo -- [bleep] autocorrect. I can't recall what the other directories started with...but it wasn't that. :)
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As i thought your HDD is failing you will have to replace your HDD there is no reason to continue with troubleshooting its hardware that is malfunctioning nothing to do with software. Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to gauge their own reliability and determine if they’re failing.


Edited by FreeBooter, 29 April 2016 - 10:26 AM.

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Ok. THX.
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