Solved How do I reload my OS disk drive drivers?

January 30, 2015 at 04:04:40
Specs: Windows Vista
I appear to have accidentally deleted my OS Disk Drive "Drivers". OS will not boot and says "No Operating System". I created a system repair disc last summer so I can communicate with the PC. I believe the driver I deleted (ST000DM001-ICH64) for the Seagate Barracuda Internal Hard Disk is the cause of the problem.

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February 1, 2015 at 06:14:40
You can burn a CD/DVD with some versions of Linux (Puppy Linux I believe fits on a CD and Ubuntu I believe requires a DVD as well as others) and boot your machine to them without installing or disturbing the contents or requiring a hard drive, then you can save the contents of personal files before wiping the drive and reinstalling. Now, this might be too late for, but you might want to try it anyway.
If a hard drive is not recognized then you need to access the BIOS set up to see if it is recognized there. If it is, then you need to make it bootable and set in the boot order just behind the DVD drive. If it is not showing up in the BIOS then you can try opening the machine to try another SATA and power cable to see if either is bad. If that does not help, the drive will need to be replaced. The system itself does not require any drivers to recognize a hard drive, drivers are loaded onto a hard drive within the operating system to recognize most other hardware or get full functionality out of it.
You did mention mirroring which is a method of using two or more hard drives in a RAID set up so that each drive contains a full copy of what is on the other drive (assuming two hard drives). If this is the case then is would be to your advantage to wait until you can get your friend who built the machine to look at it for you to see if there is anyway to fix it and rebuild the RAID array from what is left of it. Even of you decided now just to reinstall, you would have to become more familiar with RAID set ups to get it up and running and then attempt to recover the damage to the other drives from the attempted install as well, which hopefully still contain your data (or enough of an echo of it to recover some or most of it). Do not attempt to install anything else, especially to the data drives or you will lose the ability to recover more of the files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
January 30, 2015 at 04:07:04
By the way I am running Windows 7 64-bit machine.

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January 30, 2015 at 05:07:15
First try booting to the repair disk, begin repair and do a start up repair. This should get you past the boot and repair many system files related to starting. If it does not work or does not work completely, boot again to the repair disk and do a system restore from the repair disk. This will use restore points stored on your hard drive but not accessible to the non-working OS, use any that is before any of your troubles began. If the troubles began with another problem that you were trying to fix when you made it nonbootable, choose one from further back (use "show more restore points" if needed).
Let us know how it goes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
January 30, 2015 at 05:08:33
By the way, smart to have made the repair disk, many do not think about it until they need it, and then it is harder.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
January 30, 2015 at 05:53:15
"OS will not boot and says "No Operating System""

I don't know how or what you did, but it appears you deleted Windows. It's very possible that you lost everything. Before attempting to reinstall Windows, try booting off a Linux disc & see if you can access your personal files, then transfer them to a USB flash drive or external HDD.


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#5
January 30, 2015 at 15:50:55
I am assuming that just the boot partition is missing. In this case the OS is otherwise in tact and then just a start up repair or a system restore will fix everything related to it. If it does not work, then of course saving all files and reinstalling may be needed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
January 31, 2015 at 21:21:48
The Disk drive (C:) that contains the W7 OS is not recognized by system restore. It tells me log back into Windows and choose which OS I want to restore.I did manage to get creative and re-install the Hard Disk Driver (that I accidentally deleted) back on the PC by making a bootable USB installer. The re-install of the driver was confirmed by the pc. But, I don't understand how to link the 2 so the PC knows the Drive is there and back in business. Is this suppose to just be a natural process during a re-start? I have never built a computer but seems you have to have an OS to install the Hard Drive, but the hard drive is required to be the place the OS lives. The guy who built the PC was an IT techie and he put all this backup and mirror imaging, UEFI on the machine to keep a total meltdown insured. But, I have not been able to reach him to get the direct and easy way to bring my OS back to life. Meanwhile, I tried one of those phone-in tech support site which made my problem worse because they tried to walk me through re-installing a new copy of W7 on not one, but two, other active drives. The repartitioning wiped out both my E and G drives and failed anyway.! I know there must be some way to get the data back on those drives, but I still need to get the PC to recognize the drive and OS again. Thanks for your advise. Any other suggestions I appreciate. Anyone know what UEFI is?

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#7
January 31, 2015 at 21:28:12
Hey riider, I don't know how to "boot off a Linux Disc" and would that have had to be before I tried to install Windows?

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February 1, 2015 at 06:14:40
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You can burn a CD/DVD with some versions of Linux (Puppy Linux I believe fits on a CD and Ubuntu I believe requires a DVD as well as others) and boot your machine to them without installing or disturbing the contents or requiring a hard drive, then you can save the contents of personal files before wiping the drive and reinstalling. Now, this might be too late for, but you might want to try it anyway.
If a hard drive is not recognized then you need to access the BIOS set up to see if it is recognized there. If it is, then you need to make it bootable and set in the boot order just behind the DVD drive. If it is not showing up in the BIOS then you can try opening the machine to try another SATA and power cable to see if either is bad. If that does not help, the drive will need to be replaced. The system itself does not require any drivers to recognize a hard drive, drivers are loaded onto a hard drive within the operating system to recognize most other hardware or get full functionality out of it.
You did mention mirroring which is a method of using two or more hard drives in a RAID set up so that each drive contains a full copy of what is on the other drive (assuming two hard drives). If this is the case then is would be to your advantage to wait until you can get your friend who built the machine to look at it for you to see if there is anyway to fix it and rebuild the RAID array from what is left of it. Even of you decided now just to reinstall, you would have to become more familiar with RAID set ups to get it up and running and then attempt to recover the damage to the other drives from the attempted install as well, which hopefully still contain your data (or enough of an echo of it to recover some or most of it). Do not attempt to install anything else, especially to the data drives or you will lose the ability to recover more of the files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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