Preface: I have a Toshiba Portege M200 laptop and approx. once every 3 months I turn on this laptop and find I am unable to boot past the Select your OS screen. After selecting my OS, the screen turns black and all I get is a fast flashing cursor. To fix, I remove the HD, connect it to a desktop with a USB adapter, use GHOST v8 and create a hard drive image and then re-image the hard drive with the image that refused to boot. After this process I find that I am able to boot again. I have repeated these steps no less than 10 times with success. I'm curious what could Ghost be changing when I 'make image' -> 'apply image' to allow this HD to boot again.
Issue: Approx. every 3rd failure -> fix brings a new issue where I attempt to select an OS (Standard boot.ini loader with Recovery Console installed) and upon pressing enter on the selection, the countdown stops and nothing changes. The system becomes non-responsive, I have tried Safe Mode, and all the various options. Can someone help me diagnose why my computer freezes the countdown and locks up when I press enter to select my OS? I have this drive connected to another computer, chkdsk returns clean, this happens with a second M200 laptop chassis I have for spare. Looking for anyone who can help me further diagnose / fix this issue!