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.

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.
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.
That's what I would do. I think you have this under control but post back if you need help.
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 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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