Messed up my hard drive...i think!

September 2, 2011 at 01:46:18
Specs: Windows Vista
So i bought a nook color with the intentions of following a video i found online and making an sd card to turn it into an andriod tablet. I put the sd card in my hubbys computer since mine doesnt have an sd card reader, downloaded the honeycomb file to put on the card, and was trying to use win 32 image writer to put it on the card. Only I selected the wrong drive to write the file to! The computer instantly shut down so i turned it back on and got a disk boot failure error. It would let me go into the F2 and F12 menus but not the F8 menu. Did some checking online and figured out how to get the cd rom to start first so i could at least get the windows recovery disc booted and that worked. It loads up, does a search for operating systems and asks me to select an operating system to repair, but it didn't find any systems during it's search so there is nothing to choose. Then it says "If you do not see your operating system listed, click load drivers to load drivers for your hard disks". After clicking the load drivers button a pop up box says insert the installation media for the device and click OK to select driver. And this is where I'm lost and have no clue what to do to fix my very irritated hubbys computer! ! Please keep in mind that I'm not really all that computer savvy, but, (with the exception of tonight) I can usually follow instructions pretty well. Any help at all would be much appreciated!

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#1
September 2, 2011 at 01:57:53
if you have your opperating system cd you should be able to boot from that and perform a repair install. your data will stay intact, the install will ONLY repair your OS.

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#2
September 2, 2011 at 02:17:34
I tried the startup repair first and it said "startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically" and gives ten different problem signatures in the problem detail log. I tried System restore and get yet another error message saying "To perform an offline system restore, you must specify which windows installation you would like to restore. Tried the complete PC restore and it says "No valid backup locations could be found". Tried the memory diagnostics tool and it says "Windows cannot check for memory problems. A problem is preventing windows from checking for memory problems during startup. Try to check for problems again by running the tool manually". I've searched online for solutions to all these errors and each one leads me in a different direction.

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#3
September 2, 2011 at 02:21:12
And i just read on the WinImage software....WARNING:restoring virtual hard disk image on physical drive will fully erase the physical drive content. Only proceed if you know what you are doing. Pretty sure this is what i did.

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#4
September 2, 2011 at 02:23:44
i would suggest you take the disk out and plug into another machine in order to recover your data.

Then put the disk back into your machine and check if you can perform a factory restore.

what is the make and model of your machine?


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#5
September 2, 2011 at 02:30:40
There isn't anything i need to recover from that computer. It's a Dell inspiron 530. From what I've read you have to push F8 during startup to get to that screen and the computer will not go to it. I can get into the F2 setup and the F12 Boot. But thats it.

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#6
September 2, 2011 at 02:50:17
when you turn on the pc, as soon as you see text on the sceen press ctrl and F11 together (hold down ctrl and tap F11) repeatedly until you get to the restore menu.

you should be able to restore your machine from here

look at this post

http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/tips/...


here is another post which uses F8 it depends on your machine i guess

http://www.ehow.com/how_6325782_use...


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