Have Windows7 Ultimate SP1 on a Dell Vostro 430 with a 250 GB Seagate HD. It was working fine, but something happened to is overnight. Had a black screen and could not post/boot. I did some troubleshooting and got it to start in Safe Mode. In there, I did a System Restore to a few days ago and it now boots up into Windows.
But, during boot, it attempts to check the HD and says that it can't unless I restore the computer to a date before the software allegedly changed, Nov. 18, 2013, but I can't do a restore to that date b/c it says there are corrupted system files. And it won't let me do a chkdsk /f because of the corrupted files and without a restore. The comp does not show any other restore points.
I did a SeaTools for Dos Short Test that passed. I am now running the Long Test while looking for my install CD.
Is there a way around this issue without the CD?