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Automatic Repair loop on W8.1 with an SSD

  1. #1


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    Automatic Repair loop on W8.1 with an SSD


    Hello. I was using my PC earlier and I noticed my Skype and other programs I had open that were installed on my C: Drive (OCZ Vertex 3 SSD) started locking up. I even had troubles opening the task manager. After locking up for several seconds, I just restarted but the problems resumed. The very last time I shut it down it booted with the Automatic Repair message. It got to the point where it was scanning the disk for errors but I mistakenly shut it down after 30 minutes.

    Now, every time I boot up, it goes to Auto Repair but only stays there for 3 or so seconds before simply going to a black screen. It doesn't even go to disk repair.

    In the BIOS, my SSD shows up. I guess that would rule out disk failure but OCZ is known for SSD failure. I've owned this one for 2 years already. Strangely, I have a total of 3 disks. The other 2 hard drives don't show up in the BIOS. Only the SSD and the disc drive show up.

    If all else fails, one of my remaining 2 hard drives is 500GB and I barely use. I could migrate W8 over there but I'm concerned on how that would be done considering I bought the download as an upgrade off of the Microsoft website. (I had W7 before).

    Thanks.

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    Download this iso from my OneDrive and burn it to CD. Then boot with this CD and check whether the program (Macrium) can see the SSD. If yes, make an image of the SSD to either an external disk or one of the internal HDDs (the one you would not use as a system alternative). Here is a tutorial:

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    mistake, see below
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    Okay, I am ready to make the image but I have a few questions:

    1. See this picture: Attachment 41616

    I want to use the 500GB HDD as the OS drive, why do you say not to image to that one?

    2. Why doesn't the SSD show the "OS" to symbol it has the OS in it?
    3. Once the image is made, how do I recover it and boot back into Windows? In the tutorial you provided, there is a link for a tutorial to recover. This tutorial uses the WinRE. How will I do that if I just end up with an image on a different drive?
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    1. Because if you want to restore the image to the 500GB drive, you cannot have the image on the same drive.

    2. The second partition on the OCZ is indeed very strange. a) it has no free space at all and b) it shows as unformatted. Did you use my iso/CD for that or some older Macrium version. And does this Windows sytem on the OCZ actually run.

    3. For recovery you boot the PC with the iso/CD I linked on my OneDrive. The image can be anywhere on an internal or external disk (but not on the disk to which you want to restore it). You just have to navigate to the image.
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    Windows 8.1


    2. No, the SSD currently is not booting to windows successfully. (Must mean Windows is there, but not booting right). I use to have W7 on that SSD but I upgraded to W8, so maybe that's why?

    3. So it is mandatory to burn the WinPE to then be able to recover the image? Or can I just recover IN Marcium?
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    2. Actually there is nothing right now on that partition. It is unformatted

    3. The CD is the only way to recover - unless you have WinRE which is another story. SIW2 would know how to set that up. Now that is for a 1 system setup.

    With a 2 system setup, you should be able to dump the image onto the other disk from the running system. But make the CD in any case. One day you will need it.
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    Windows 8.1


    I got an error: None of the backup locations specified can be written to. When trying to create the image. So if the SSD isn't showing Windows it is failing must have failed right?
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    These are 2 seperate problems:

    1. If Macrium cannot write the image, there must be not enough space

    2. Your SSD seems to have nothing valid on it. I would reformat it to a primary, active aligned partition.
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    Posts : 28
    Windows 8.1


    1. There has to be enough space. The SSD if I remember correctly was at 112GB capacity and the HDD I'm copying too has 1TB left.
    2. If I reformat, doesn't that wipe Windows? There's absolutely no way that Windows is not on that drive. That system reserved partition was created after I upgraded, maybe it has to do something with that?
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