The partition table does not have a valid System Partition.

Had 2 BSOD's yesterday...first time ever for this machine, which is 2 years old. Figured something was going bad. Ran WD's diags on my boot drive, and no errors detected. Then, on a reboot, it would get to the initial Vista splash screen, and reboot.

I boot to my VIsta CD and run Startup Repair, and get this...

Root cause found:
The partition table does not have a valid System Partition.
Repair actions: Partition table repair
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0

But...every time I boot - same thing...Vista splash screen for a second, then a reboot - then back to booting from the Vista CD and Startup Repair, and I get the same root cause and repair message.

BIOS still sees the boot drive, and if I boot to DR-DOS, the drive is there. However, if I go to Command Prompt via System Recovery Options on the VIsta CD, the drive isn't there.

Any ideas would be welcomed. I'd really not have to reinstall.

Thanks!
Steve B
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Steve BrameRich Media DirectorAuthor Commented:
OK...10th time is a charm. Just ran Startup Repair for the 10th time, and this time Vista booted.
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edbedbCommented:
It sounds like the hard drive. Did you do a quick check or extended diagnostics on the hars drive?
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Steve BrameRich Media DirectorAuthor Commented:
I did both, since the quick check showed no errors. Just to be safe I'm cloning it now.
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edbedbCommented:
That's what I would do. I think you have this under control but post back if you need help.
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sowsageCommented:
In windows 7 Ult. Windows Crashed while operating...flash blue screen. Tried syst recovery of startup, ran several times. Got a message about corrupt boot files. Changed motherboard...an intended upgrade. Bios sees harddrives..all seems ok in BIOS setup, windows won't boot. Ran sys recov..startup repair numerous times. Repair log says problem is: 'partition table does not have valid system partition.

Attempt reinstall from Disk. It sees the HD partition - two on 500Gig sata. Won't reinstall on part where w-7 is now, nor partition that's clean. Have another HD w XP. It won't boot up XP either, though Windows set up 'sees that HD as well

Get 'setup unable to create a new partition or locate an existing partition. HELP< HELP

I have two HDs.
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