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Can't start Windows 8 on Samsung Series 5 Ultra

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    Can't start Windows 8 on Samsung Series 5 Ultra

    Hi and thanks for reading.

    I have a Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch. The other day, for reasons unknown, it would start up into the auto repair process. It would "diagnose PC" then "repairing", warning that might take a long time. Well after 24 hours I figured this was a dead end.

    I have been through a crazy number of troubleshooting steps
    --couldn't get into any F8 or Shift=F8 action
    --Samsung's Restore mode crashed (F4)
    --Made a recovery USB and figured out the magical BIOS steps that would actually allow me to use it after much trial and error)

    The recovery process has yielded no joy.
    --System Restore crashed
    --Automatic Repair was never ending
    --System Refresh said the drive was locked

    So I started using DOS commands. Chkdsk seems to be taking forever to accomplish very little. Please see the screenshot:
    Click image for larger version

    Should I let it continue with chkdsk /f /r /x?

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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

    How old is the machine? Do you still have OEM support on it? Call them. Also, possibly arrange an RMA on the machine if you have time left.
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    It's a few months old. I'll look into it. Thanks for the advice.
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    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    You are very welcome. Good luck with the machine.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Remove all power for 10 mins,
    than retry Refresh.
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  6. #6

    I appreciate the tip. I left it drained of all power, even battery, for overnight! And made sure the power was all discharged.
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