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I accidentally pulled the power plug when my system was starting up, and I started to get a boot error after POST. Something like "something not found, insert a bootable disk and press enter"

So I put in my windows 7 x64 CD - and clicked through repair computer. At the system recovery options screen, there are no drives listed. (There is only one drive in the computer)

Even if I click through the use recovery tools option (without selecting a drive), and enter command prompt - typing C: gives me this error:

The system cannot find the drive specified.

So I pulled the drive out, and attached it to a different computer. I went into disk management - and oddly the drive shows 128GB (it's a 64gb drive) and the area next to it is black. I clicked simple partition (which works), but when I try to format - it gives me an error that it's unable to format the drive.

I would prefer to not format the drive if possible...there is one file that is important (I know i can recover it with some program, I just don't want to if avoidable)

How do I fix this?


I can now access C: in the windows 7 DVD recovery tools command prompt - what do i do now?

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Sounds like your drive is cooked. – soandos Aug 3 '11 at 0:15
it's a SSD - I doubt it... it seems to me like a software problem. Drive was not dropped, there was nothing to cause overvoltage, nothing spilled, no static, etc. – Alex Waters Aug 3 '11 at 0:24
That he can't format it also leads me to think the problem is greater than software. – KCotreau Aug 3 '11 at 0:33
@AmpedWeb: What happens if you do DiskPart and then List Disk? If the disk appears, can you do Select Disk 0 (or whatever the number is), followed by List Partition? What does it say? – Mehrdad Aug 3 '11 at 6:13
@Mehrdad: When I do List Disk - it shows Disk 1 online size: 128GB free: 128gb. I then do Select Disk 1 and List Partition - and it says there are no partitions on this disk to show – Alex Waters Aug 3 '11 at 15:38
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You should check whether or not you can even see the drive in BIOS. If you can't then it isn't the drive's problem. . .


Now that you are able to see the drive, you need to fix the MBR. I would follow these steps:

I recommend the bootrec command.

First try bootrec /fixmbr then try bootrec /fixboot

Then, if that doesn't work, try rebuilding the BCD. Microsoft's original instructions has you exporting the old BCD. To heck with that.

cd c:\boot attrib bcd -s -h -r ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old bootrec /RebuildBcd

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I can see the drive in bios, I have also edited the original problem - please see changes – Alex Waters Aug 3 '11 at 15:23
Try repair my system. If that doesn't work, try the commands at the recovery console. – surfasb Aug 3 '11 at 19:26

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