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Back Up Image corrupted my hdd, PC won't boot up.

  1. #11


    Posts : 11
    WIN 8.1pro x64


    Automatic repair has failed 3 (+) times.

    I made the next move to attempt fixboot. First I targeted the EFI partition as described here: How to repair the EFI Bootloader in Windows 8 - fixedByVonnie

    This went well, but fixed nothing.
    Next I just attempted /fixboot and /rebuildbcd from the default x:/sources directory. Fixboot went fine, but RebuildBCD went:
    Code:
    Total identified Windows installations: 1
    Add installation to boot list?: Yes
    The requested system device cannot be found.
    That sounds like a problem, but I can still boot into windows so long as D: is plugged in externally.

    I did get a bsod upon reboot from recovery, with error 0xc0000001, but it didn't come back after a restart.

    I was able to back up a system image to the D: drive with it plugged in as an external. I guess it's time to reinstall the system from 8.0 and see if the problem stays behind? I've never done a "Refresh Windows" before, any idea if that would possibly fix any boot problems or should I just do a complete wipe of the C: drive?

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  2. #12


    Yes, a refresh should correct the problem.

    Good tutorial here: Refresh Windows 8
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    WIN 8.1pro x64


    Well, Refresh and Restore is pulling that "disk is locked" and "partition is missing" crap on me. So I guess a drive wipe and complete reinstall will have to do. I just hope I can make it through the windows 8 updates in a single go this time. 5 days and 3 re-dos just to get a system installed and updated. What a load.

    Thanks for taking the time and giving advice to help me through this. Definitely a much more tolerable experience when I'm not making guesses by myself.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Macrium Reflect has a very good boot repair operation. You run it on bootup from a USB drive created by Macrium (free). It might be worth a try. It has worked for me a couple of times.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    This is embarrassing, I just looked at Disk Management on my Windows 8 Pro X64 system and none of the partitions are marked as Active either.
    I don't have any active partitions either (UEFI boot), I think you might only need an active partition for an MBR boot.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 11
    WIN 8.1pro x64


    nearly 4 hours and 3 reinstalls later, it looks like I'm on the home stretch to upgrade to 8.1 again. I'm completely baffled by the fact that I reformatted / deleted / and reinstalled the whole sdd 3 times and every time I boot up a new windows 8, half of my settings are already there. Maybe that's convenient, but it just makes me feel like something is horribly wrong. I could understand the cloud restoring my personal settings on sign in, but when I installed windows 8 last week I needed to install the drivers for my ethernet adapter manually. Why does it work now? Even my graphic card driver is the latest version, how was that saved? Oh well, I'm pretty sick of messing with it and it seems to work...

    Windows didn't even recognize the back up that I made while trying to sort through this mess. Is Macrium the suggested way to make a system image once I'm confident things are stable? I notice that the free version of Glary's Utilities also offers this service. I still want to believe that windows should make a windows back up, and I wouldn't mind dedicating a massive usb stick to it (via: recovery disk method), but this experience has left me so insecure of windows features... Any experienced suggestions?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by saturdayxiii View Post
    Is Macrium the suggested way to make a system image once I'm confident things are stable?
    I like Macrium, the backup is one file and it's compressed. I haven't had any problems using it. It takes less than 5 minutes to make a backup of my system partitions (about 32GB) and the compressed size is around 17GB.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 11
    WIN 8.1pro x64


    Crashed again.... Just got 8.1 installed. I don't know if I just started in a bad place? I decided to adjust my page file first. I have 16gb of ram, so set that to start at 16mb and end at 1024mb. It asked to restart, I said no. I then installed the latest driver for my amd chipset, which has never been a problem before. It asked to restart again, so i thought I should before I get too far ahead of myself, and what do you know? The spinning circles of doom are here to stay. It doesn't seem to matter whether my D: drive is plugged in or not this time. Is that an improvement? I've tried automatic repair again, maybe I'll try macrium's rescue disk, but I don't know.
    Why does this stuff keep affecting my boot?


    EDIT: Correction. It's a little slow, but removing the D: drive once again allows the computer to boot. Maybe I need to avoid those chipset drivers? The OS works without installing them, I just always figured it would be better to have them installed...
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by saturdayxiii View Post
    nearly 4 hours and 3 reinstalls later, it looks like I'm on the home stretch to upgrade to 8.1 again. I'm completely baffled by the fact that I reformatted / deleted / and reinstalled the whole sdd 3 times and every time I boot up a new windows 8, half of my settings are already there. Maybe that's convenient, but it just makes me feel like something is horribly wrong. I could understand the cloud restoring my personal settings on sign in, but when I installed windows 8 last week I needed to install the drivers for my ethernet adapter manually. Why does it work now? Even my graphic card driver is the latest version, how was that saved? Oh well, I'm pretty sick of messing with it and it seems to work...

    Windows didn't even recognize the back up that I made while trying to sort through this mess. Is Macrium the suggested way to make a system image once I'm confident things are stable? I notice that the free version of Glary's Utilities also offers this service. I still want to believe that windows should make a windows back up, and I wouldn't mind dedicating a massive usb stick to it (via: recovery disk method), but this experience has left me so insecure of windows features... Any experienced suggestions?
    Are you using a windows account to login with? If so, that is one of it's benifits. It remembers your setting so if you reinstall it puts them back for you.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Ronster View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    This is embarrassing, I just looked at Disk Management on my Windows 8 Pro X64 system and none of the partitions are marked as Active either.
    I don't have any active partitions either (UEFI boot), I think you might only need an active partition for an MBR boot.
    I think that is definitely the case though I would swear I had the Active with this Lenovo Ideacenter K450 system. Oh well, I opened a thread about it, will see what responses I get.
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