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automatic repair loop. Can't boot. Can't do anything.

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    automatic repair loop. Can't boot. Can't do anything.


    Just reinstalled windows 8, loaded everything up and had it perfect. Then I installed a windows update (could it have been 8.1?) and then my computer would not boot. It got stuck on the windows 8 logo with the circle just spinning. After I restart it tries to automatically repair but that doesn't work. I popped the win8 disc in and tried to do a system restore using a restore point but it said "You need to select an OS. Please restart the system and select an OS". ??? I'm not dual booting! Win8 is the only OS installed!

    Tried safe mode but the windows logo just hangs. Help? Any possibilities to salvage this before doing yet ANOTHER reinstall or refresh or whatever.

    Thanks everyone

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    Windows 8


    Just unlplugged all HDD except ssd where win8 lives, and switched the 1 stick of ram in Dimm slot 1 to 3, using a new stick. It booted right up and into win8. ARGH! what's the deal?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    its my other HDDs. I restarted the system and it did not boot again. Shut er down. Unplugged other hhd and it booted. hmmmm
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    Windows 8


    so now I booted into windows 8. While in the OS, I plugged in my other 4 HDD's and windows does nothing. I went into disk management and nothing is displayed. Scan for hardware changes also.

    These 4 hard drives are spanned and have always been working fine before and what is strange is that Disk manager does not even show that the span is missing, or disconnected, or failed. It just shows my ssd and my 2 optical drives. The plot thickens.

    I downloaded graphics drivers and mobo drivers and went through each driver and they are all up to date so I didn't install anything.

    Could it be something with booting win8 and the AHCI settings in the BIOS?

    Stumped.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    So the SSD is a stand alone but the other four are an array? Probably one of them is bad. Most MBs that have Raid have some kind of BIOS controller that you can use to check the array, and repair it. There should be access to it from the BIOS.

    So you are saying that when you plug all 4 drives in, they vanish from the BIOS? Do ti one at a time, try to identify which one is bad. Is this a Span+Mirror or just span? I have never spanned a JBOD array unless I could mirror it as well.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you can get IN to 8, and the drives are connected, then there should be a program for whoever made the RAID hardware, Promise, Via, Intel - You will have to install the Raid management software and it can test out your array from within Windows 8 too.

    I'm pretty sure this is a RAID problem not a Windows 8 Problem - But then, Windows would want to use 'Storage Spaces" rather than an Array you have already made. Welcome to Windows 8 Forums!
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    Windows 8


    the span was created with Windows. It was working fine the other day. When I right-click on my compter and go to "Manage" and then to disk manager the span does not show up at all. Usually if an array is broken it will list missing drives, or failed, offloine, etc. It's as if windows doesnt remember there was an array at all.

    So if I just leave my ssd attached win8 will boot. But if all other HDD's are attached it just spins and hangs on the windows icon. It seems like there might be some type of boot file on one of the hard drives or something?

    I'm thinking I should just wipe the ssd and start again from scratch.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You should not have to wipe it, just do an In-Place install, then try to reconnect the array. SO you ARE using Windows Storage for these drives?
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    Windows 8


    figured it out. Yes I created the span with windows disk management. There are 3 drives in the span for movie storage, I also had an addition 650GB HDD attached for my personal files, and then the ssd for win8. After (A LOT) of trial and error I discovered that with the 650GB drive unplugged, the system booted with the span discovered and everything was fine. When I attached the 650GB to my raid box (attached via eSATA) it was discovered.

    Thus, I eluded to: Somehow there was something on the 650GB drive that prevented win8 from booting. I have no idea what it could have been or how it got there.

    While the 650GB drive was attached to my raid box I wiped it and deleted it. Put it back in the system as before. Win8 started up and then I just formatted it and now I'm back to normal. MAN THAT WAS CRAZY!

    Thanks for your help.
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Good, I knew there was one drive that was interfering, so you went through them one by one and found the culprit. You can go ahead and mark this as solved if it has been.

    I've never used Windows Storage to make a space, I've learned a few things by this, so if I ever do it I'll know what to expect.
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