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#1 presence06

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:04

I am the lucky person to try and fix a failing/failed hard drive. Can't boot into windows more than a minute without it freezing up, safe mode still freezes. found it it's a failing hard drive with bad sectors. I tried to capture the partitions using Acronis but was unsuccessful as there's too many errors on the disk. I did manage to copy the contents of the Recovery partition using TestDisk. I thought if I could do that I could create a partition on a new drive and boot to the recovery and reload Windows.... but I can't seem to get it work that work. 

 

Is there anything else that I could try? Maybe to get this just recovered to Factory settings? I wasn't provided any disks and the Key is pretty worn off... 

 

thank you,

 

 

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#2 +BudMan

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:31

If you do not have media you can install, what did you recover off the recovery partition - was it an actual wim file?

Most likely your best bet is to contact toshiba for recovery media.

https://support.toshiba.com/repair

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#3 OP presence06

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:35

I did manage the grab the Wim file that's in the sources folder.

 

can that be used to create/boot to the recovery? 



#4 Marshall

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:41

Have you tried booting to the recovery partition by powering off your computer, then hold down the zero key and press the power button, then release the zero key once hear a series of beeps?



#5 OP presence06

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:46

I have tried the 0 but i get "disk read error ctrl+alt+del to restart"



#6 zhangm

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:47

You can download WAIK and use the imagex tool to /apply your WIM to an active partition on the drive you want to install to (something other than your dead drive). Then you'd need bcdboot to make that recovered image bootable.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:04

If you have an install wim, then yes as mentioned by zhangm it is possible to apply that wim. ImageX is the tool which is part of the WAIK that can be used yes.

Its prob going to be much easier if you just order the recovery media ;)

#8 darkrats

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:14

I have a somewhat related question.

My recovery method consists of ghosting my primary partition to both another partition on the same drive and also to a USB drive (that I remove and put away in a safe place). This method has worked flawlessly when recovering from malware or virus problems. If my hard drive fails and I install a new replacement drive, will I be able to ghost back my primary partition from the USB drive to a new drive, regardless of the manufacturer, or would the drive have to be similar to, or exactly like, the drive it's replacing?

Thanks.



#9 zhangm

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 14:56

I have a somewhat related question.
My recovery method consists of ghosting my primary partition to both another partition on the same drive and also to a USB drive (that I remove and put away in a safe place). This method has worked flawlessly when recovering from malware or virus problems. If my hard drive fails and I install a new replacement drive, will I be able to ghost back my primary partition from the USB drive to a new drive, regardless of the manufacturer, or would the drive have to be similar to, or exactly like, the drive it's replacing?
Thanks.

Should work just fine - long as you have the space to write all of your ones and zeroes (if the drive capacity is not lower than the amount required to hold your image).

#10 darkrats

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 12:46

Thanks, zhangm.

 

I'm always thinking of ways to keep my Windows XP machine running, no matter what problem shows itself.

Even after it's "end of life", I'll be here and elsewhere looking for "leaked" or unofficial patches and updates.

Also compiling a list of XP drivers that will work with the new Haswell" chip. So far it looks good.