I'm helping my neighbor with his laptop. It won't start into windows. so I took his hard drive out of the laptop and put it in my computer and ran check disk on it. It repaired a number of things, and I put it back in his laptop. This time when it booted it ran check disk again, and again repaired a number of things, but still wouldn't boot into windows. So I booted to the windows 7 dvd and ran the repair windows routine, and got to this window.
It found the instance of windows 7 and attempted repairs, and even said that the repairs were successful, but after restarting, it still didn't boot into windows. It shows that windows symbol for awhile, then just a cursor, and it just sits there. I tried the win7 dvd again, and this time chose system restore, but it couldn't find a restore point. So my question is. Is there some other windows 7 repair to try? Or does it look like I should just back up his files and reinstall win7? If I do reinstall windows, before I do, I want to run a disk diagnostics on the drive. The thing is, for a western digital drive for example, I usually go to their website and get their disk diags. However, this is a Hitachi and I can't find a diagnostic for this type of drive. Any ideas?