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Automatic Repair loop on W8.1 with an SSD

  1. #11


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


    This all sounds like overkill, albeit if it works, then do it. But have you tried simply booting to a Windows 8/8.1 install disk and running CHKDSK from there? If it's in the auto repair loop, it really wants to run a CHKDSK. You might be able to do it on 8./1 if you have a Win 8 install disk.

    SSD drives can't be repaired the same way as HDD drives, you should find the repair tool for your make of SSD drive, if it has a bootable medium, run it on the drive. You should do it anyway, just to check the drive.

    whs - What exactly can that Macrium disk so? Thanks for the link, btw.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    I just ran the Linux OCZ SSD tools iso but there was nothing to check the health of the SSD.

    My question is: The fact that that drive isn't showing anything on it + it's signs of failure to boot enough to say it has issues? I burned the Windows 8 install to my USB and can fresh install to the drive I need it on right now but will run that CHDSK.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    1. something is wrong. Where do you try to store the image.

    2. Yes it wipes everything. You said that you cannot boot from the SSD - so there is no running system on it.
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  4. #14


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


    Are you saying that the whole drive is showing up BLANK?

    Do you have any tools you can use to look at the drive from outside of Windows 8? I have a link to Hiren's Boot CD down below, you can use one of the tools on that disk to see if has been reformatted, there is a Linux on it, you can use that to look at the drive, see if your Filesystem is intact.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    Hang on, I managed to go into the W8 startup recovery menu (blueish screen) and here I can run a CHKDSK on the SSD. I know the command is chkdsk C: <switches> but what switches do I use?
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  6. #16


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


    CHKDSK c: /x /r


    I've been posting in here for most of a year - The most common failure of Windows 8 and 8.1 is that if the machine is shut off incorrectly, it corrupts the System Drive. And the Auto Repair is inefficient when handling this, so it commonly sticks the system in a LONG repair mode.

    The First thing I do, is I change the Boot GUI back to Legacy. There are articles in here how to set BCDedit. Because Windows 8/1 forces you to use the Settings app to get to Safe Mode, and this fails to load about 95% of the time.

    So using the old bootloader you can EASILY get into safe mode. The New Systems all have UEFI boot, which is supposed to force that Troubleshooting Options screen to load, but what happens is, you run Brand Updates on the system, like HP for instance, and they replace the Windows 8 UEFI to the older UEFI, which is not connected to the OS in any way, so that when you try to boot in Safe Mode, it just reboots.

    It is easier to set Boot Legacy Mode, then get into your BIOS and set up a 5 second wait to allow you to press the Setup key or to use a different Boot Drive.

    When Fixing a crashed 8, boot to either the Windows 8 install disk and run CHKDSK from there, or use Hiren's. I try not to suggest Hiren's so much, but it is there and it is a valid tool.

    If you had an HDD drive, you could use the tools in HBD to repair the HDD,m and then you can run a CHKDSK from Windows 8 Install - And I highly suggest THAT, because the Windows XP CHKDSK is different. Use either Windows 7 or 8 CHKDSK to fix disk errors
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  7. #17


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    There's no problems found. What next? Can't do the image solution because apparently the SSD has no Windows in it -_-.

    I have W8 ready to install from a USB to my C drive all over again since the chkdsk found no problems. I would just prefer to do the image copy method since I don't lose any data (or so I assume).
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  8. #18


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


    Hold on, you ran CHKDSK and it did ALL FIVE Parts that quick? It should have taken at least a half hour.

    The Image Copy won't work unless you already have the image backed up - do you?
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  9. #19


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    As fast as I want to get back to my PC is as fast as it did the command you gave me.

    CMD prompt label at the top of the window reads: "Admin: X:/windows/system32/cmd.exe

    I ran it on C: though, not X:.
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  10. #20


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


    Ok, you might not have run it on the right partition.

    Try CD D:. CD E:, until you can type DIR and see the windows folders.

    Becuase you MAY have a little 100MB partition and that may show up as "C" wile the Data partition will show up as "d"

    OR just type "d:"
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