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

  1. #11


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    Yes, as SIW2 has said, any live system will do.
    For instance, if you go to Ubuntu site and download the most recent desktop version (which includes a live session) then burn that iso image to disc or put it on a usb stick you can then boot into the Ubuntu desktop and browse any connected hard drive for files you want to backup.

    In fact, if your problem is an MBR problem you might be able to repair that with LILO from the live session (though we're not actually sure what the problem is).

    On a different tack, were any peripherals plugged in while you were trying to boot from the hard drive? If so try without.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    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.
    Does anyone know if he could use command prompt to try to unlock the drive. But, regardless, everyone check this thread out.
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  3. #13


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    I don't know, znod. I've read that thread myself.

    I wonder if Windows reporting the drive as locked has something to do with something else trying to use it (like another Windows installation)?
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    It seems to me that the only thing trying to use the drive would be Automatic Repair. Maybe Automatic repair could be killed via the command prompt. I found this related thread. Any thoughts from those of you higher up the command-prompt chain?
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    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.
    Does anyone know if he could use command prompt to try to unlock the drive. But, regardless, everyone check this thread out.

    I am having a very similar problem as that guy, if not the same. Although I haven't actually found a solution to it. So I'll try downloading bootable ubuntu live session.

    There are lot other people having the similar issue, I am guessing lot of them haven't found a solution to it either, probably ending up reformatting and installing back some other os. Although I've heard some who found a success by disabling their harddrive through their bios, but my bios doesn't offer that function.

    Also my cmd doesn't recognize my C: drive, it doesn't say "C:windows/system32, but instead says x:source/ and doesn't even recognize any directories on my c drive. Even through cmd it seems to be locked.
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    Yes, I found a lot of threads dealing with locked C drive. But, no one seemed to know what to do about it--at least in a way that would cover your problem. Hope the ubuntu thing works.
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  7. #17


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    [QUOTE=ByaTsuke;163748][QUOTE=znod;163476]
    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    There are lot other people having the similar issue, I am guessing lot of them haven't found a solution to it either, probably ending up reformatting and installing back some other os. Although I've heard some who found a success by disabling their harddrive through their bios, but my bios doesn't offer that function.
    Check this thread out. It mentions, at the outset, some things I don't remember seeing before about infinite loop/locked drive. The link was posted by medab1 on this Win8 forum thread.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    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.
    Does anyone know if he could use command prompt to try to unlock the drive. But, regardless, everyone check this thread out.

    I am having a very similar problem as that guy, if not the same. Although I haven't actually found a solution to it. So I'll try downloading bootable ubuntu live session.

    There are lot other people having the similar issue, I am guessing lot of them haven't found a solution to it either, probably ending up reformatting and installing back some other os. Although I've heard some who found a success by disabling their harddrive through their bios, but my bios doesn't offer that function.

    Also my cmd doesn't recognize my C: drive, it doesn't say "C:windows/system32, but instead says x:source/ and doesn't even recognize any directories on my c drive. Even through cmd it seems to be locked.
    New thought. I know you have been using a Mac lately.

    Here is an incredibly unlikely-to-work solution. Use your friend's Mac. You will need firewire ports on both computers (and a cable ). Or, if the Mac has Thunderbolt, but no firewire, then you'll need a thunderbolt to firewire cable. It also is possible that you would need a firewire 800 to firewire 400 cable. Anyway, you could try putting your computer into firewire target disk mode for access to its hard drive. I sometime used to be able to get this approach to work with some Win machines under Vista (haven't tried since Win7 and Win8 came out). Obviously, it is very unlikely to work, in general, with Win8. It's easy to find instructions for using "firewire target disk mode." But, if you can't find, the post back. I am on a tight Xmas schedule today--flying across the country.
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  9. #19


    @znod

    I may have to try that, but first I got to figure out this.


    So I was able to sucessfuly boot windows 7 on my flash drive. Considering the entire OS is 14gb leaving only 1 gb of free space, it took 5x more time to load than it should, so it was slow but it was fully functional.

    I went to my computers and this is how it looks:
    Click image for larger version

    It thinks my flash drive is the new C drive, so I can't access my other 2 partitions. I might think that my other 2 original partitions could be Local Disk H and J Perhaps?
    I was about to go to properties, but it took a long loading time and explorer stopped responding so I just kind of quit.

    I am fully able to run CMD commands, and access all that stuff, but they seem to be associate with whats on my flash drive.
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  10. #20


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    I see. I guess I am not surprised that you are getting no where with a flash drive at this point. Is this the same flash drive you mentioned in your post #1 or is it one set to boot into Windows for use rather than install?

    Edit: Check post #20 out on this thread.
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