Problem: Dell PC stops booting from the SSD.
Background: 2013 Dell Precision Tower with Xeon processor and HHD. Over a year ago, cloned HHD to Samsung SSD EVO 850, no problems. Then updated from Windows 7 to 10, no problem. Left HHD as 2nd drive.
Today, restarted PC and getting BSOD. Got message that can't boot from SSD.
Here's what I tried: I opened it up, unplugged the HHD (thought maybe it died and screwed up the BIOS somehow) and tried booting up, still no dice.
Took out the SSD, plugged into different PC with USB adapter, shows up perfectly, everything looks fine with the SSD. All files are there. But Samsung Magician didn't detect it as valid for some reason (maybe cuz through USB).
Anyway, I put it back in my PC, put in a Windows Installation Media DVD, and tried repairing.
- Startup Repair - didn't work.
- System Restore gave me the error message:
To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows Installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore.
But I can't select an OS
- System Image Recovery also didn't help
- Neither did "Go Back to Previous Version"
So, I opened the command prompt from there:
a. Tried using
bootrecper this article.
/fixbootboth gave me an error that
The system cannot find the path specified.
b. I also tried
chkdskbut it gave me an error that it can't
run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected.
c. Edit: forgot to mention, I also tried SFC /scannow, also didn't work.
What should I do? I'm at my wits end. I have a feeling this may have been caused by malware but not sure how that helps me. Not even sure how I can do a factory reset in this situation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edit 2: I connected the SSD to another PC and ran
diskpart, here's a screenshot:
No bootable devices