Help with Dell laptop corrupted HDD

January 22, 2015 at 15:25:47
Specs: Windows 7
Tried to restore factory settings (Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop) via usb flash boot and corrupted drive need to recover or repair my mistake

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January 22, 2015 at 16:24:06
Can you boot into Windows?
Can you boot into Safe mode?
Can you boot into the Bios?

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January 22, 2015 at 16:48:51
Shutdown the system completely. Press the power button to start it again, then tap the F8 key. When the Advanced Boot Menu comes up, select 'Repair Your Computer'

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January 22, 2015 at 21:56:58
What were you trying to accomplish by booting from a flash drive?

Did that laptop originally come with windows 7 or was it upgraded? At least some of those models came with vista so a factory restore may give you vista instead of 7.

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January 23, 2015 at 11:59:09
I did that the first time and all was good ( by the way i have win 7 home ed 64 bit pre - installed}. I shall elaborate on the issue. Basically i have recently been having sound problems on my laptop and figured to reinstall win 7 via repair disk - restore to factory settings which viola!!!! worked......for a short period of time????? Shortly after the sound issue returned to haunt me. Then me in my great wisdom or lack of it lol decided to try again.... using my flash drive with dell data safe 2 on the flash drive...Foolish i know but i am still learning seemingly by by own mistakes or misfortunes only proceeded to corrupt the file / drive? So i searched the net and was told it had something to do with me allowing windows update to download and install automatically ( namely INTEL SATA ACHI controller ).....DREAD!!! That seems to have been the cause of my recurrent sound problem. Can this be fixed??

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January 23, 2015 at 21:59:03
The usual way to do a factory restore with windows 7 is as riider mentioned above--that is you need to be able to at least get to the F8 boot menu. If you've got restore disks, either from Dell or that you made yourself when the system was working, then those would work too.

You can check to see if it's possible to boot to the restore partition from the bios boot menu but I didn't see that as an option when I was googling your problem.

There was some old software called PTEDIT that you could put on a dos bootdisk and after booting and runnning it you could manually change the boot partition. I've never tried it on a windows 7 system.

You might also try booting from a regular windows 7 disk and trying 'repair' from there. I did that recently with a windows 7 computer that was just going to a blank screen after the posting process. I was kinda experimenting and stopped it before it overwrote the actual windows files. I rebooted and windows was working fine. I'm still not sure how that happened.

Also check Johnw's # 3 here:

I've never tried that myself but it might help you.

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