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    HELP! Stuck at automatic repair loop... WONT BOOT.


    I am having this issue where my laptop with windows 8 just won't boot. I see my acer splash screen, then I see a blinking _ then it goes blank for around 20 min, and then it would say "automatic repair, diagnosing" I've waited nearly 20 hours, almost an entire day leaving my computer on, just still no use.

    I am having a very very similar problem as this guy, (as well as many others who pretty much lost all their valuable datas in their HDD after installing WIN 8)
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    Windows 8 Woes

    The person who wrote that was actually in RTM version, but the problem still persists in the most updated Final build version as of last week. I am quite disappointed in Microsoft. I am currently on my friend's mac.


    I have my windows 8 original copy bootable on my usb drive. Insterting my usb drive, it boots and all, and I went into the repair option. I tried all of the repair options, all of them would either stuck in their screen or say that my disk is read only and locked.

    I do have access to the cmd though in that repair mode, but it seems to be quite limited.

    I tried to enter safe mode by pressing shift+F8, it doesn't work!!! Tried it so many times, just doesn't work.
    It gives a loud beeping sound if I hold it for more than 2 sec.

    EDIT:


    I am now successfully able to boot Ubuntu from my Portable Hard Drive and it runs smooth and really well.

    I originally had 2 partitions, C and D. C is where my windows 8 was installed, so it's unaccessable now, it doesn't appear in the devices menu.

    My D drive however does appear. All my files are on my C, I need help on how to get them back as I am not an Ubuntu expert.
    Thanks.

    EDIT 2:

    Now I am back on Windows 8 with more than 25000 bad sectors. Everything works smooth and somewhat better than before but more than 25000 bad sectors and still counting? If it were to scan my entire drive it would have taken days.

    I did solve my main problem, but my HDD now seems to be very confused. I will mark this thread as solved if I am not able to find reasoning to this odd HDD problem.
    Last edited by ByaTsuke; 02 Jan 2013 at 01:06 PM.


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    Your problem sounds very serious. I am very sorry. And, I am sorry I know of no way to help you. The best I can do is suggest that you take the computer or drive to a data recovery specialist.
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    I found this fix for Win7. I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8. I can't find a similar tutorial in our Windows 8 tutorials.

    I also have seen info suggesting that your MBR may be corrupt. This is the solution that was suggested as a fix. Again. it is related to Win7, and I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8.

    You must accept complete responsibility for trying these solutions. I have no idea if they will work.
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    It's a strange one this. Even if the MBR of the drive is corrupt or all zero's or has a different code in it (like Grub) the Windows repair function should still work, in my experience.
    I wonder if resetting the pc's bios to default settings would help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I found this fix for Win7. I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8. I can't find a similar tutorial in our Windows 8 tutorials.

    I also have seen info suggesting that your MBR may be corrupt. This is the solution that was suggested as a fix. Again. it is related to Win7, and I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8.

    You must accept complete responsibility for trying these solutions. I have no idea if they will work.
    I tried both, doesn't work. I have X:/Sources

    plus, when I check my directory of C:\ it says File Not Found.

    I am not even sure if there are any other ways out of this. I am just really disappointed in Microsoft, I am going to reinstall Windows 7 and see if it works. I do have 2 partitions, I am guessing windows 7 offers an option to choose which partition. So I can choose my 2nd partition.

    Personally, I've grown fond of Mac, after using it on my friends macbook for a while, only issue is software compatibility.
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    Try a Refresh.

    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I found this fix for Win7. I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8. I can't find a similar tutorial in our Windows 8 tutorials.

    I also have seen info suggesting that your MBR may be corrupt. This is the solution that was suggested as a fix. Again. it is related to Win7, and I have no idea what might be different in Windows 8.

    You must accept complete responsibility for trying these solutions. I have no idea if they will work.
    I tried both, doesn't work. I have X:/Sources

    plus, when I check my directory of C:\ it says File Not Found.

    I am not even sure if there are any other ways out of this. I am just really disappointed in Microsoft, I am going to reinstall Windows 7 and see if it works. I do have 2 partitions, I am guessing windows 7 offers an option to choose which partition. So I can choose my 2nd partition.

    Personally, I've grown fond of Mac, after using it on my friends macbook for a while, only issue is software compatibility.
    I am sorry neither worked. But, don't be too hard on MS. Each thing (individually or collectively) is a problem for someone.

    I don't have any serious problems with MS, per se. But, yep, I like Macs too. Except for the "big" machine in my system specs, I use Macs mostly. MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 3rd gen iPad, iPhone 5, iMac, and two AirPort Extreme Base Stations. I have switched back and forth over the years. I switched mostly back to Mac again because I just couldn't put up with the customer support issues in the Win world. I was using the HP lappy I am on now about 3 years ago when I ended up talking to HP/India and the dolt tried to charge me for whatever I was having trouble with. In the immortal words of "fists of stone," I said "no mas." And, I also said no to support where I can't get beyond the accent. My problem was totally easy to solve; I just wasn't seeing the forest for the trees.

    Good luck with whatever comes next for you.
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    You can most likely get your data back by using something like an Ubuntu live session (if that cd/usb will boot) and copying everything you need to another drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try a Refresh.

    How to do a Refresh:
    Refresh Windows 8

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    Refresh and Reset, both don't work. Refresh said that my drive was locked, or read only.

    Reset, don't quite remember but took more than few hours stuck at loading, plus I have important projects saved on my HDD.



    I can easily set my boot config, to usb, cd or whatever, thats how I changed it from booting from DVD to USB. It boots USB automatically when inserted. I have the original windows 8 iso copied into it.

    IS there a way to boot some portable independent version of windows on your usb and boot it? Or any other usb related ways of OS or restoring my files?
    @Duckface, that sounds quite interesting could you elaborate on that? Never used ubuntu before.

    I just again want to say thank you to all of you guys for trying to help me on this, was almost desperate.
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    You can get any number of Linux live iso downloads and make a bootable flash using YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux, or similar.

    I am fond of pmagic downloads
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