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Old 01-19-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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Last night, while using my laptop, it crashed. I was forced to turn it off from the power button, and when I turned it back on the only thing that came up was a black screen. A few minutes later, it says "Repairing disk errors. This may take over an hour to complete". I've left it on doing this for about 16 hours and nothing has changed. What should I do?
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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Turn it physically off, wait a couple of minutes then turn it back on and attempt to boot into Safe Mode...

Start your computer in safe mode - Windows Help

https://www.microsoft.com/resources/....mspx?mfr=true

5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

If you can boot check the hard drive...

Check your hard disk for errors
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:36 AM
 
Location: High Plains of Colorado
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You could download (from another pc, obviously) a Linux repair disk such as Gparted, see if you can boot from that.

GParted -- A free application for graphically managing disk device partitions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GParted

If you can boot up and the harddrive seems OK (you can access your files, create a text doc, save it, etc) then you likely have an OS prob.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Russia
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Turn it physically off, wait a couple of minutes then turn it back on and attempt to boot into Safe Mode...
Make this. If system boot normaly, then use scandisc(if windows), or other scaning tool. If not - first take a look what shows disk scaning programm. If its ok, run win repair tool(if windows), if it's not - first take all datd from laptop usind data restore programm like R-Studio, then run repare drive in drive scaning programm.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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At this point I'd sincerely doubt if it would be able to go as far as Safe Mode...if you got into any kind of Windows environment I'd view it as a minor miracle.

I'd try to get into the boot menu or BIOS (as I just described on a recent thread in this same forum about reloading Windows without a disk) and try to restore the system. If that doesn't work, you could try getting a new copy of Windows to install, and/or getting the hardware checked out. Basic troubleshooting, trying to hook up the hard drive to a test machine that works and seeing if that's the problem, checking the RAM and so on. But for most users I'd suggest they have a pro do that.

If I were in this situation, and I couldn't get into Windows (even Safe Mode) and I couldn't restore from anything on the disk, if I had the money and the other PC was on the older side I might even consider this a good time to just upgrade my whole computer. In most people's case that would be buying a new PC. In mine it would be pulling the guts out of my comp and replacing with newer components. Which I've been considering every time I had a significant issue, as my computer was built in 2010 and I'm jealous of my husband's newer, better rig.
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