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Win 8 no longer boots - Drive Letter Issue/boot partition?

  1. #21


    Posts : 14
    Win 8 32bit


    This is all in the command prompt via the win 8 boot options "troubleshooting" menu.

    I need not manually assign the Win 8 partition a drive letter here. The only time i ever did that,earlier in the thread, is in Win 7 because that hides the windows 8 partition. No need to do that manually anywhere else.

    To answer your question, yes the directory structure is intact and sound. Seems to be no issue there, have run chkdsk and no errors too.

    Here's what the bcdedit gives me. It does actually look correct here because if i browse the drives in the command prompt, D: is the Windows 7 partition and E: is the Win 8 partition. Again, slightly odd to me as thats not the configuration that i used to have in windows 8 when it worked and booted properly. But as far as this command prompt goes, what bcdedit tells me and how are the drives are configured DO match up.

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    integrityservices Enable
    default {default}
    resumeobject {aa157ba3-5eab-11e2-9c83-82293678c432}
    displayorder {default}
    {6cfb7b1e-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {6cfb7b1e-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    device partition=D:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {6cfb7b1f-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=D:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {6cfb7b1d-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    nx OptIn

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {6cfb7b1f-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    device ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\6cfb7b1f-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\Winre.wim,{6cfb7b20-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    path \windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows Recovery Environment
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\6cfb7b1f-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\Winre.wim,{6cfb7b20-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    systemroot \windows
    nx OptIn
    winpe Yes

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {current}
    device ramdisk=[E:]\Recovery\6cfb7b23-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\Winre.wim,{6cfb7b24-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    path \windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows Recovery Environment
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    displaymessage Recovery
    osdevice ramdisk=[E:]\Recovery\6cfb7b23-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\Winre.wim,{6cfb7b24-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    systemroot \windows
    nx OptIn
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    winpe Yes

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {default}
    device partition=E:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {current}
    integrityservices Enable
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    osdevice partition=E:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {aa157ba3-5eab-11e2-9c83-82293678c432}
    nx OptIn
    bootmenupolicy Standard

    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier {6cfb7b1d-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    device partition=D:
    path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
    description Windows Resume Application
    locale en-US
    inherit {resumeloadersettings}
    filedevice partition=D:
    filepath \hiberfil.sys
    pae Yes
    debugoptionenabled No

    Resume from Hibernate
    ---------------------
    identifier {aa157ba3-5eab-11e2-9c83-82293678c432}
    device partition=E:
    path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
    description Windows Resume Application
    locale en-US
    inherit {resumeloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {current}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
    filedevice partition=E:
    filepath \hiberfil.sys
    bootmenupolicy Standard
    pae Yes
    debugoptionenabled No

    Windows Memory Tester
    ---------------------
    identifier {memdiag}
    device partition=C:
    path \boot\memtest.exe
    description Windows Memory Diagnostic
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    badmemoryaccess Yes

    EMS Settings
    ------------
    identifier {emssettings}
    bootems No

    Debugger Settings
    -----------------
    identifier {dbgsettings}
    debugtype Serial
    debugport 1
    baudrate 115200

    RAM Defects
    -----------
    identifier {badmemory}

    Global Settings
    ---------------
    identifier {globalsettings}
    inherit {dbgsettings}
    {emssettings}
    {badmemory}

    Boot Loader Settings
    --------------------
    identifier {bootloadersettings}
    inherit {globalsettings}
    {hypervisorsettings}

    Hypervisor Settings
    -------------------
    identifier {hypervisorsettings}
    hypervisordebugtype Serial
    hypervisordebugport 1
    hypervisorbaudrate 115200

    Resume Loader Settings
    ----------------------
    identifier {resumeloadersettings}
    inherit {globalsettings}

    Device options
    --------------
    identifier {6cfb7b20-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    description Ramdisk Options
    ramdisksdidevice partition=D:
    ramdisksdipath \Recovery\6cfb7b1f-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\boot.sdi

    Device options
    --------------
    identifier {6cfb7b24-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a}
    description Windows Recovery
    ramdisksdidevice partition=E:
    ramdisksdipath \Recovery\6cfb7b23-be64-11e1-8152-8e2dbccb549a\boot.sdi

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I agree, it appears to be correct... Now, if you could get the command to run from within Windows 7 I would feel better.

    If selecting the Windows 8 boot option goes to a black screen, does it show any other indications. If there were to be a blinking cursor in the upper left, that might mean the boot is being directed to the wrong location. If it is just black, it might be trying to sort out some driver.

    If the mouse cursor was still operational, it might be having a problem with the video output and has switched to another output or resolution.

    I can't think of a reason putting the drive in a caddy might have cause any of these problems.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 14
    Win 8 32bit


    No there's no other indications when it goes blank. No Blinking cursor, no mouse pointer. The hard drive light flickers a bit then the screen stays blank. If I leave it for a few minutes the backlight of the screen dims and lights up again when i press a button, so i guess its not completely frozen. Thing is this exact thing also happens if I try and boot into safe mode.

    Thing is everything worked fine before i took the hard drive out of the laptop. Could just be a coincidence. The fact that it doesnt work in safe mode either makes me think its something other than a driver problem but i dont know.

    Thinking now a reinstall of windows is the only option? But is there a way I can do this without losing my user files etc?
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  4. #24


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    A Windows 8 Refresh is supposed to restore the system while leaving your personal files intact. I am not sure of exactly what it does?

    Were there any restore points available from the Windows Recovery Environment?
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  5. #25


    Posts : 14
    Win 8 32bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
    A Windows 8 Refresh is supposed to restore the system while leaving your personal files intact. I am not sure of exactly what it does?

    Were there any restore points available from the Windows Recovery Environment?
    No actually. Which i find odd because it should automatically save restore points right? I have had this windows 8 install for at least 6 months, so a bit odd.
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