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Old June 15, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Right now, I have a laptop that is trying to bend me over a barrel. Windows 7 locked up last night and crashed at the profile login screen and I had to force it to shut down by cutting the power. When I tried rebooting it, it got stuck on the Windows 7 boot up screen and crashed. Now I'm dealing with the Windows 7 Error Recovery loop of death on start up and I'm trying to fix it without a repair disc and without losing my files and data on my harddrive. The "Repair Your Computer" function is stuck on a black screen with a cursor.

Any suggestions? The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5974, the OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.
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Old June 15, 2012, 08:10 PM
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is it trying to come out of hibernation?
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Old June 15, 2012, 08:14 PM
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No, actually. It happens when you simply turn the computer on.

Although that does remind me that the aforementioned profile login screen came up/locked up after bringing the laptop out of stand by mode.
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Old June 15, 2012, 08:29 PM
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I should also mention that it doesn't boot up completely even when using safe mode or any other option from the F8 boot option screen.
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Old June 15, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Willing to bet the hard drive has failed.

Run the toshiba hard drive DOS software from a boot CD, it'll scan for errors, you might just have bad sectors that are repairable. You will have to re-install windows if this is the case.

But it's probably toast.

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Old June 16, 2012, 06:55 AM
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Pull the drive and put it in your PC. Remove all the files you need to remove. Step 2, reinstall the HD in the laptop and do a destructive recovery. Should be a BIOS option and a hidden restore partition to accomplish this.
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