Windows 7 suddenly corrupt and not starting
Posted on 2012-03-18
I have a dell studio 17 about 2.5 years old. Yesterday, booted like normal in the morning, shut it down (power off) like normal in the afternoon to return home. Went to boot it and went into windows recovery mode.
Cannot boot to safe mode.
Had a program, Farstone's restore it running and it is suppose to keep a snapshot of my computer at all times.
Windows 7 was unable to restore. Ran restoreit to the previous day. Said successful, but when rebooted, returned to the windows 7 recovery mode and would not boot normal.
tried restore it again, but apparently it wiped/reset itself or windows wiped out its drive images.
Restore it must have turned off the windows 7 recovery program because now it looks like there is nothing that is able to be restored.
I ran PC check on the hard disk and the hard disk appears to in good working order.
Is there any way to repair windows 7. While I don't specifically remember the options presented (although restoring to a previous time was there and it did not work.) I do know none of the options as presented seemed to be the right one.
I know I can wipe and reload, but would prefer to keep that for last resort.
With puppy linux and spideroak I either have my important files backed up or moved to a external drive, so i could wipe it out. But I have so many programs it will take days/weeks to return to to normal.
Any suggestions or am I hosed and just need to wipe and reload?