Windows 10: Startup Repair Loop, maybe hard drive problem? Solved

  1.    10 Sep 2016 #1

    Startup Repair Loop, maybe hard drive problem?

    Hey guys, this is my first time posting, so I'm sorry if I have posted in the wrong place. I've tried looking all over for an answer to my problem but I can't seem to find one.
    Since the last update of Windows 10, my computer has been stuck in a loop of startup Repair. I'd really like to avoid clean installing. I'm not sure what information you guys mind need but I am happy to provide whatever I can. Here is a few things that might get things started though.
    Startup repair showed D:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt
    Using the Command prompt and following the file path I was able to find this in the log:
    Boot manager failed to find OS loader.
    Repair action : File repair
    Result: Failed. Error code = 0xa
    Time taken = 5797 ms
    Repair action: Boot configuration data store repair
    Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
    Time taken = 63 ms

    Computer summary specs from Speccy:
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    AMD FX-8320 38 C
    Vishera 32nm Technology
    8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28)
    MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) (MS-7641) (CPU1) 41 C
    Standard Monitor (1920x1080@64Hz)
    465GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA050 ATA Device (SATA) 32 C
    Optical Drives
    High Definition Audio Device

    Any help you guys could give would be super appreciated!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    10 Sep 2016 #2

    If you used Windows Update to update Windows, and you are having this problem, there is a corrupt file in the BCD file, and using the startup repair to fix this issue may not work.

    I had this problem when I was trying to fix a Windows 8.1 machine, where it would reboot in startup recovery environment, and the problem was a file for corrupt in the system32 folder. I used my hiren CD, booted into a HDD regenerator program, and found out the hard drive had 325 bad sectors.

    You will need to do a clean install to fix this issue. If you want to preserve all of your data, you may want to purchase a new hard disk, reinstall the operating system, and you will be able to access your files on your old hard drive, as long as something didn't happen to the hard disk such as a head crash.

    If you don't have installation media, you will need to get on another computer, go to Google and search for Windows 10 media creation tool. Find the link to the Microsoft website. Download the tool and run it, and it will give you the option to copy the install media to a USB or create an ISO to burn a DVD.

    Let me know if you need more assistance. If others have a better solution, I welcome it :)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    11 Sep 2016 #3

    Hey Imaneke, Sorry for the late reply, I had a busy day today, and have only now found time to get back on and post. Firstly, thanks for the help and advice, I Pulled an older hard drive (which happened to be a Seagate 750gb mechanical hdd) out of my older desktop after i did a clean install on it. Got it installed into my newer desktop with the bad hard drive and got it to boot. However, that is currently the only hard drive I have connected at the moment. So secondly, I have never used more than one hard drive before. So how would I go about accessing the files from my other hard drive that won't boot. is there a way to get it to be recognized as a storage device, like an external hard drive or flash drive? I'm new to this so I really don't know much and any further help is much appreciated!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    11 Sep 2016 #4

    When you have both hard drives connected, you will need to immediately go into your motherboard bios and set the Seagate 750 GB drive as the primary boot device.

    Your motherboard documentation should tell you how to change the boot options. I used to have a 990FXA Gaming MSI board before, but that board has the UEFI Bios. Not sure what your micro atx board has.

    When you boot from the Seagate, it will show the other hard disk in My computer or This PC, depending on what version of Windows is on it.

    Hope that helps
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    11 Sep 2016 #5

    Hahah! it worked! thanks so much! i access my bios by pressing the "del" or "delete" key then under advanced bios options I just change the boot order to recognize the seagate first and the toshiba second and it works totally fine, and I'm already accessing my files again! and now I have two drives hahah that almost makes up for all the frustration and troubleshooting. Thank you so much Imaneke I can now call this problem solved!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    11 Sep 2016 #6

    Glad I was able to help. Good luck.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    11 Sep 2016 #7

    Also, just to make sure, since you transferred the Seagate from an older PC to a new PC, make sure that Windows has reactivated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    11 Sep 2016 #8

    I did make sure and it shows as an active product key, thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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