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Windows 7 crash
show user profile  owtdor
I know, this is WAY off topic....

Anyway, last night I sent an email out on my desktop. I came back about an hour later and saw it stuck on the black and white boot selection screen with the usual choices - Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Last known good configuration, start normally.

I initially selected start normally, since it has been in the past on various systems. No luck. Then I tried Safe Mode with networking, no luck. Then last known good configuration, I see the loading bar at the bottom, then it crashes out again.

Back to Safe Mode - When I try this, the last item to load is "crcdisk.sys", then a pause of about one second, then a 1/4 second flash of the blue screen, followed by a reboot.

I figure my data was safe since I have a large external backup, but I noticed the light was off. Turns out it had come unplugged at some point in the past 6-12 months. (I need to plug it into my laptop to check the last backup date).

When I try to use the Windows tools to repair, the main drive does not show up, only my old slave drive that used to have Vista on it. I thought my main drive was gone.

This morning I started by downloading a copy of Ubuntu and was able to get it installed on the main drive. (I was using the boot CD but I only have one CD drive so I installed it to the hard drive in case I needed the CD drive for other things)

I was able to verify that all of my data is in fact still there and still intact. Ubuntu can not see my external drive, so I can not run a backup at this point.

My question to you all is this:

Is there a way I can fix my Master Boot Record and get my system to boot up again, thereby allowing me to run a proper backup? Has anyone ever heard of this happening?

I guess my lone UNIX class ten years ago was not in vain...

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1/24/2014 12:39:32 AM (last edit: 1/24/2014 12:39:32 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
By "Windows Tools" do you mean Windows attempting to repair itself, or are you booting from the Windows CD ?

And old, fairly regular, issue, was that a windows machine would leave some system files open when it crashed.. This means that the files are tagged as "in use" and therefor the system can not access them the next time you try to boot.
In the XP days, this was fixed by booting up the XP cd and running Chkdsk with a couple of commands, which would check the disk for open files, and then close them.
On a windows 7 disk, it should automatically be able to repair this, with the repair tool..

If you DID run the windows disk and it was unable to locate the harddrive, that sounds a bit more worrying, regarding the disks health..

I would recommend doing a backup as soon as possible. Why can Ubuntu not see the USB HDD?, I thought Ubuntu came with support for every file system known to man..

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1/24/2014 2:06:22 PM (last edit: 1/24/2014 2:06:22 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
I actually don't have the actual Windows disk. I was tired of upgrading my PC and having hardware conflicts all the time, so I just bought a system. The packaging did not come with the disk, presumably to keep costs down. I can go to their (ACER) website and purchase one though. I might end up doing that. It is only a few dollars.

As for the unseen USB HDD, it is a Western Digital Smartware drive and from what I gather over the internet, WD does not play well with Ubuntu. The farthest I got into looking at that issue was to see that I could reformat the drive with ubuntu drivers. Not the solution I am looking for though. I do have an older backup there that I want to keep intact, just in case.

I was finally able to network the system to my laptop, which also has a backup drive with enough space to copy my data to, but at the rate is going it will about 4 months to copy the 1TB of data I need to save.

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1/24/2014 4:39:16 PM (last edit: 1/24/2014 4:39:16 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
If you do not get your computer with a CD, then you very likely have some sort of recovery partition, which you can access by pressing some Fx or Alt+Fx key, before windows starts loading.

Otherwise I found this site for a thread the other day. You may be able to download a windows 7 ISO from here:
Which you can then use to see if you can repair your windows..

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1/24/2014 10:11:03 PM (last edit: 1/24/2014 10:11:03 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
Great info there. I will certainly see if I can get this thing back up and running!

Thank you again. I will update the progress if I have any

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1/24/2014 11:20:36 PM (last edit: 1/24/2014 11:20:36 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
I finally got the important data off of my crashed system, but I did not want to wait the extra 8-10 days to get it all. I ended up reformatting the system and reinstalling my software. I just need to migrate my data back and finish my software installs.
On the plus side, I can see that my system is significantly faster than it was before, and I will be keeping Ubuntu on it "just in case"

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1/28/2014 3:46:33 PM (last edit: 1/28/2014 3:46:33 PM)
show user profile  owtdor
Well, apparently all is not well in the land of a rebuilt system. I think I just need a new hard drive to install a new OS onto then remigrate my stuff onto it.

This sucks. It has been over a week now.

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1/30/2014 8:08:36 PM (last edit: 1/30/2014 8:08:36 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
sounds like a stuck bad sector, either your drive is out of surplus sectors or cant lock it down for some other reason(can find out via SMART info). If its the former then its time to get a new drive because this will just keep happening, if its the latter you could isolate the area manually but this can be a frustrating process as they tend to show up in slightly scattered clusters.

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1/31/2014 5:42:16 PM (last edit: 1/31/2014 5:42:16 PM)
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