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I just bought a new HDD, Seagate Barracuda® 7200.12 1TB. I removed my previous master HDD, and replaced this with the new one. I turned on the pc, with the win8 cd inside my CD-ROM and booted up from my cd drive. This HDD doesn't have any OS, for obvious reasons. When I tried to install Win8, I just got the error message telling me something like this:

Your pc needs to be repaired.
Operation System cannot be loaded because of a critical system driver is missing or contains error. 

The progress got 70% finished before the regularer "We need to boot to apply the new settings bla..bla" The above error message occured at this time.

I googled for hours, to figure out this.

Came over this forum thread at microsoft's own support forum. I tried what the user JustinKostic wrote:

bootrec /fixMBR
bootrec /Fixboot
bootrec /rebuildBCD
and also
chkdsk /r c:
chkdsk /r d:
chkdsk /r e:
chkdsk /r f:

And then tired to do a automatically repair of the computer, which is under advanced settings. This menu wants me to select a specific Operation System, and the only one is Win8, so obviosly something has been installed. But when I try to do the automatically repair, the only error message I get is:

Automatic repair couldn't repair your pc
Press "Advanced options" to try other options to repair your pc or "Shut down" to turn off your pc

I did try the reset your pc, but this also fails!

What is going on here? So frustrating, I've strugged with this for nearly 20 hours now.. Can somebody help me?


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Does the system have an Adaptec SCSI Card by any chance? – Karan Dec 21 '12 at 22:17
@Karan I dont think so. – Tobias Moe Thorstensen Dec 22 '12 at 15:32
Hmm, all I can think of is: 1) Try a GParted LiveCD/USB (or GParted from a Linux LiveCD/USB) to partition and format the drive first. 2) Try the Win8 DVD. 3) If that fails, try Win8 setup from a USB. 4) If that fails, check your HDD using SeaTools. – Karan Dec 23 '12 at 6:54
@Karan I tried to install ubuntu, version 9.02 or something.. I just had a Live CD in my drawer. I will try to install win7, and then upgrade to win8 from here. If this won't work, I will send back the HDD to store I bought it from. Anyway, thanks for your help. – Tobias Moe Thorstensen Dec 23 '12 at 10:22
Ok, so you tried to install Ubuntu, and what happened? Did that fail as well? Did you try to simply partition+format the drive using GParted, instead of installing Linux? – Karan Dec 23 '12 at 19:54

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