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bootrec -- The requested system device cannot be found.

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    bootrec -- The requested system device cannot be found.

    So, I bought a new computer in April, and Windows 8 lasted for about 8 weeks before refusing to start. With the help of another thread here, I managed to get into a dos enviornment and copy my data (about 7700 photos). Who knew that I still remembered xcopy!

    Anyway that whole sad story is here:

    FILE\BCD ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034

    I'd prefer to not have to reformat everything and start from scratch (though now that I've ignored Costo and Dell's advice to write off my pictures and do that at the start it is at least an option I am willing to consider).

    So I've been playing with bootrec to try and fix my


    ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034

    Problems. Not that I know a anything about this process. So what I did was:

    bootrec /fixmbr

    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /rebuildbcd

    And get a response:

    "Successfully scanned windows installations.
    Total identified Windows installations: 1
    Add installation to boot list?

    No matter which choice I make I get:

    The requested system device cannot be found.

    Am I missing some sort of parameter?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)

    Time to bite the bullet, and do a reinstall. Yes I know that can be just a wee bit annoying, albeit sometimes that is the only way to get things working properly again. . . Good luck either way you go.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Thanks, I guess that'll be the answer.

    I did recover my data, and that was the most important thing. What a trip it was reaching back into 20 year old DOS memories.

    Man, not feeling the love for Windows 8. (or Costco and Dell tech support: "Sorry, no way to retreive your data without going to a hard disk recovery service and paying through the nose").

    And I guess the lessons are:

    1) Switch my carbonite subscription to my new computer.
    2) Disable the Windows 8 fast boot thingy.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

bootrec -- The requested system device cannot be found.

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