I thought I fixed it!
Any person in the technical department will tell you they’ve had this problem that just comes back and they actually thought they fixed the problem the first time around. When I first talked about fixing the infinite boot loop in Windows 7, I really didn’t think it would come back. My friend called me the next day and said it was back! So the story was, I rushed over there saw it was doing the same thing and I instantly knew it was more than jut re-installing windows but it was some major disk drive errors. I told my friend that I now knew what was the problem and took the laptop and grab it and took it home to do some deep hard drive scanning.
I would have used Spinrite 6.0 from Steve Gibson hard drive recovery program, but I couldn’t afford the 89$ so I had to go with the Microsoft options. If you me to want to get Spinrite 6.0, Please help me by using my Affiliate link for Amazon anytime you go to Amazon by using my link, I’ll get a commission but you pay nothing more for using it! I do know that because I didn’t use Spinrite, I am sure there is a small chance that it will come back but I am pretty confident that I got the problem to go away for the time being!
Hard Drive Errors!
So if the other post didn’t help you with your problem this one should show that it is a hard drive problem and not a windows problems. Here is how I fixed the hard drive errors without using Spinrite. I think Spinrite would have solved all my problems the first time around and I wouldn’t have to resort to these steps. The Good part about re-installing Windows 7 was that I was now able to start in Safe Mode (F8)! I was then able to select “Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure“. Once you select that it was an easy step to keep having windows boot into the operating system. I got all the way into windows and that is when I could actually use the Microsoft Windows Check Disk utility (chkdsk.exe). Side note you will need have Admin rights to do this step. You should either log into an account that has admin rights or log into the account that is the admin! I create two accounts anytime I install windows. So as to help prevent computer infections and keep you a little safer but that is totally up to you!
How to get to Chkdsk.exe
First step is to go the command prompt as administrator:
- Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
- Right-click Command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
- If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue. (Instructions from Technet)
Once I got to the command prompt, I type this:
chkdsk /f /r /b
Then It it will ask if you want to do this when you restart the computer. You will want to press “Y” and enter. You will then type:
Shutdown -l -r
This will tell Windows to log off the current user and restart the computer. So just wait patiently for the system to restart. I let it do it for several hours. It took like 2 hours for it to complete the chkdsk, so just go watch a movie or something. Depending on how many bad sectors or how many errors chkdsk finds it will vary from computer to computer.
Defrag Hard drive!
I then proceeded to defrag the hard drive right after it got done with the chkdsk. You can learn how to do that from Windows help center. It helps to rearrange the file structure to make it easier and less time-consuming for Windows to boot. It also helps me to work the hard drive a little to see if the problem returns. So being patient on this one programs such as Defrag can help improve your system performance! After that, I was fairly confident it wasn’t going to cause any more problems.