This is a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64.
It won't boot and gets stuck at the Microsoft splash screen with blue sky, clouds, a plant with a few leaves and a white bird.
I know we have all see this but I don't know that the screen has a name. Maybe we should have a contest to pick one!! :-)
The user has valuable data on the HD and would likely want the computer to work as well.
What's puzzling is that the HD isn't "seen" as one might expect.
I can see it if I boot to Knoppix and have extracted the data in that mode.
If I boot to a Windows-based something then stranger things happen.
In the laptop, the disk isn't seen at all with some programs.
Using UBCD4Win, the disk is seen in Windows Explorer but not its contents. (well, it has 3 partitions and the OS partition is lettered as a drive but the contents not visible.
If I run CHKDSK in this same boot environment (on another computer), it identifies the file system type and the name of the volume and runs.
My plan was to run a disk test program but so far none have worked to my satisfaction.
Then image the HD if possible.
[Then, run CHKDSK (with some risk).... or maybe not at this point.]
Run HDDRegenerator and re-image it.
Then put the image on a new HD and run CHKDSK again.
What's puzzling me is why I can see the HD either completely or partially or not at all with the various setups.