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

  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    ByaTsuke you will get loads of info from ubuntuforums.org site. It has everything you need.
    Install Gparted and then open it and report what partitions/details are shown please.
    There is one Linux based program I know of which can recover lost partitions (and sometimes just its files) but that would depend on the circumstances. That program is Testdisk, but don't go playing with that just yet. It is a very powerful tool and although you may be able to get everything back with it you can also lose everything with it too!
    As I understand it you have now installed Ubuntu on the same pc that you had Windows 8 on, but in a different partition. Is that correct? What installation options did you choose during the Ubuntu installations (eg side by side, use whole disc etc etc)?

    Ubuntu is very good nowadays and can be used to fix many Windows problems too.
    Yep, did all I could on Ubuntu. Recoverd my files and then tried to format my HDD, it didn't work. So I used a bootable software called DBAN, which wiped out my entire HDD, but read the whole story above.

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  2. #32


    Manchester, UK
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    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    It does sound like it may be an HDD problem, I think.
    Try going to the manufacturer's website. Most of them have a utility you can download for checking the hard drive.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Well, the really good news is that you got the critical files back. I'll bet you'll keep them well backed up in the future? And, way to go!
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  5. #35


    I have WDC so I used their diagnosing tools, and it scans lot faster than 3rd party softwares.
    It does give me an error saying its unable to fix even though it finds the error, but anyways showing the "S.M.A.R.T" info of the HDD, only my "Re-Allocated Sector Count" has failed,

    value - 139
    Threshold - 140
    Worst - 139
    Warranty - 1

    I am not sure what exactly these numbers mean, but I am guessing it's off by 1. If anyone knows about this, please translate it for me .

    @znod, yes indeed, I have backed them up into my external HDD. Testdisk is amazing though, I was able to recover all my files fully. So next time if my HDD becomes corrupt or if I identically delete my files from my trash bin, I'll still be able to retrieve them, but very unlikely that I'd delete them intentionally.
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  6. #36


    I have WDC so I used their diagnosing tools, and it scans lot faster than 3rd party softwares.
    It does give me an error saying its unable to fix even though it finds the error, but anyways showing the "S.M.A.R.T" info of the HDD, only my "Re-Allocated Sector Count" has failed,

    value - 139
    Threshold - 140
    Worst - 139
    Warranty - 1

    I am not sure what exactly these numbers mean, but I am guessing it's off by 1. If anyone knows about this, please translate it for me .

    @znod, yes indeed, I have backed them up into my external HDD. Testdisk is amazing though, I was able to recover all my files fully. So next time if my HDD becomes corrupt or if I accidentally delete my files from my trash bin, I'll still be able to retrieve them, but very unlikely that I'd delete them intentionally.
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    Understanding S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T. failure and errors

    Quote Originally Posted by WDC
    Critical: A S.M.A.R.T. failure indicates that your drive is at risk for imminent failure. If your drive has failed S.M.A.R.T. and you are still able to access your data WD recommends creating a backup of your data as quickly as possible. Once backed up, you should replace your drive
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  8. #38


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    It's time for a new drive by the looks of it.

    Did you recover the whole C: partition with Testdisk? That's usually the easiest way, if it can manage it. It's a great little program.
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  9. #39


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Quote Originally Posted by ByaTsuke View Post
    GUYS!
    I am back on Windows 8, I'll explain every bit of detail.

    Booting Linux Ubuntu, I tried many different partition softwares. Testdisk worked amazing, it was able to access through my "C" partition which gave an error when trying to access normally, so I was able to copy back all my essential files into my portable HDD.

    HOWEVER...
    I wasn't able to format my C drive, tried every bit of software, so I decided to use a complete wipeout from boot by a software called "DBAN". . .

    It did wipeout my entire drive by a process that took around 20 hours, and my HDD was making really odd noises, like the one it makes when you first boot your computer.

    Anyways, I then tried to boot my Windows 8 disk again one more time (wasn't working before) and this time it worked! It wasn't stuck on loading like before.

    So then it asked me where to install Windows 8. My internal HDD was now just unallocated space, so I turned that into a partition.
    Windows 8 said that the hard drive may fail soon, but I installed it anyways.

    I am on Windows 8 now, everything works fantastic, infact I feel my HDD loads little bit faster than before.

    BUT........................................

    Since during installation windows said my hard disk may fail (after wiping it out using DBAN), I used HDD REGENERATOR to check for bad sectors. It took hours and it found 25000+ sectors and still counting, I figured it may be my entire drive that could be the bad sectors, so I figured it must be a logical error in how it reads my HDD, so I quit the process.

    I used chkdsk /f, which took few minutes showing no sign of error, I checked my disk errors on windows 8 it said no errors were found.

    I am still happy that my computer is atleast working smoothly, but with over 25000 bad sectors still counting don't know how many bad sectors there really are, maybe my entire drive , which I am guessing is around 900 thousand? or 9 million? not sure but it was a long number.

    It is not a physical bad sector error, I don't think it would be at all.
    I had once a customer with an external WD HDD, which was still recognized, but not accessible anymore in a normal way. On the HDD was all the pictures from their baby, like a daily picture diary, to see how the baby is growing up etc.

    It took me 8 Days/Nights and multiple scans with HDD Regenerator to repair ~57.985 Bad Sectors and recover 25.7 GB on Data, which I got of the external HDD via TestDisk.

    The customer only lost 2 (!) pictures in the whole process.

    It's very time consuming, but it works.

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  10. #40


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    The instructions below (taken from several posts) helped me repair a Windows 8 boot camp installation on a macbook pro core duo.

    To manually repair a windows 8 bootcamp installation that is stuck in automatic repair, try this...


    1. Boot to Mac OSX
    2. Download DOSBox DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS for MAC
    3. Show hidden files on mac


    First, open Terminal.


    Type this command, then press enter:


    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE


    To allow the files to be shown, you must restart Finder. You can do this by holding the Option key, click and hold the Finder icon. When the context menu shows, select Relaunch.


    Finder will now restart.


    Now all hidden files are showing!

    (After fixing windows 8....
    To hide files again, type:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    In the terminal instead, and restart Finder.)

    You can also restart finder by using the following command from the terminal:


    killall Finder


    4. Open DOSBox and do the following:


    Type mount c "Volumes/BOOTCAMP" and press Enter. This will mount your windows installation at the root of the drive


    Type cd Boot and press Enter. This navigates to the Windows 8 boot options.


    Type attrib bcd -s -h -r and press Enter. This allows you to modify and overwrite the boot options.


    Type ren bcd bcd.old and press Enter. This renames the current boot file.


    5. Reboot into windows and it SHOULD rebuild the boot file

    Good Luck!!
    Last edited by bradstot; 15 Jan 2013 at 17:38.
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