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Failing to start windows. Could not access c-drive

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Do you hear your hard drive spinning? You can take a screw driver & put the tool end carefully on you hard drive & the handle touching you ear. If its spining you will hear it.
Is it making any clicking sounds?
Try disconnecting it from the mother board & power then re-connect all connections.
Try booting up to a bootable software cd or if you have or can get a windows cd of your operating system that would be best.
Go into bios and see if it is reconized.
Have you changed or added any hardware such as roms or external drives?

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How to get to system restore on Windows 10 with no boot screen


Try booting in Safe Mode (See: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12376/windows-10-start-your-pc-in-safe-mode). This should bypass problematic programs and drivers. Alternatively, if you have a Windows 10 CD, you can boot with it and choose the option to repair which will allow you to select restore points.

Keep in mind that if you have a failing hard drive or another significant hardware problem, making software changes, like repairing Windows won't fix it. The part needs to be replaced.

I hope this helps.

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A boot disk (startup disk) and why you need it?


The Windows installation disc contains the files necessary to start Windows, so it is itself a boot disk. A boot disk is actually not a computer disk in the shape of a boot. If it was, most disk drives would have a difficult time reading it. Instead, a boot disk is a disk that a computer can start up or "boot" from. If a problem is preventing Windows from starting, you can use the installation CD to start Windows. The installation CD also contains Startup Repair, which you can use to repair Windows if a problem prevents it from starting correctly. Startup Repair can automatically fix many of the problems that in the past required a boot disk to fix.

A boot disk (sometimes called a startup disk) is a type of removable media, such as a floppy disk or a CD, that contains startup files that your computer can use to start Windows. CD and DVD boot disks are often used to start up a computer when the operating system on the internal hard drive won't load.The startup files are also stored on your computer's hard disk, but if those startup files become damaged, you can use the files on a boot disk to start Windows

Earlier operating systems that used the FAT or FAT32 file systems, such as Windows 95 and Windows 98, a boot disk was especially useful because it allowed a person to access files on a hard disk even if Windows was unable to start. This ability also represented a security risk, because anyone with a boot disk and access to the computer could start the computer and access any file. Hard disks formatted with NTFS have built-in security features that prevent using a boot disk to access files..

Let looks at some useful "boot CD downloads" to create one for Windows OS,s.
1-Ultimate Boot CD for Windows - This BartPE-based boot disc comes with a huge selection of tools to access your data and get your PC booting properly again. Some of them are even useful.UBCD takes a long time to load and asks you some odd questions before it's finally up. But once it's there, you can edit the Windows Registry (yes, the one on the hard drive) in RegEdit, recover deleted files, and even run benchmarks. setting up UBCD is identical to creating a BartPE disc--with the same possibility of failure. But when it works, you get a lot more.Price: Free
Download Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.


2-Puppy Linux - A third party application to create a boot CD using Linux and great for accessing NTFS-formatted hard drives--especially if you're not comfortable with Linux's whole mount concept. Just open the Drives window and select a drive, and Puppy will mount it for you--in read/write mode, if possible.Puppy will mounting the drive with read/write permissions and you not only can copy your files elsewhere, but you can also edit them. Puppy Linux comes with AbiWord, which supports .doc files, and Gnumeric, which supports .xls. And even if it mounts read-only, you can still copy the files to an external drive, most of which are formatted in the universally accessible FAT32 file system.
But be careful how you click. Actions that take double-clicks in Windows, such as opening a file, take only one in Puppy.
Price: Free
Download Puppy Linux.

3-BartPE - The BartPE operating system makes a pretty good boot disc on its own, getting you into Windows and letting you access your drive. It doesn't have much in the way of repair utilities, but it has chkdsk, which should probably be the first one you try.To create a CD, the program needs the Windows 2000 or XP installation files. One place you're sure to find them is an actual Windows installation CD-ROM. But the recovery disc that came with your PC probably doesn't have them.
Luckily, if your PC came with XP installed (and thus, not with a true XP CD), the necessary files are probably in a folder called C:\Windows\i386. But I do mean probably, not definitely. However, since the PE Builder is free, you're not losing much if it can't create a disc.
Price: Free
Download BartPE.

4-Vista Recovery Disc - a unique distribution of Microsoft's own recovery tools.This Recovery Disc is basically a Vista installation disc minus the install files. It even has an "Install now" button that asks for a Product Key before failing. You're better off clicking the Repair your computer button. Among its Vista-only options are a tool for diagnosing and fixing startup problems, a version of System Restore that uses restore points on the hard drive, the restore portions of Vista's backup program, and a memory diagnostic tool. Price: Free
Download Vista Recovery Disc.

5-Trinity Rescue Kit - TRK's command line interface could humble anyone but the most devoted Linux geek.
If you take the time to read the 46-page documentation and learn the program, you'll be rewarded next time disaster strikes. Among the tools that will be at your disposal are a script that runs 4 different malware scanners, a tool for resetting passwords, a Registry editor, a program that clones an NTFS partition to another PC over a network, a mass undeleter that tries to recover every deleted file on the drive, several tools for recovering data off a formatted or dying disk, two tools for fixing master boot record repair programs, and hardware diagnostics.
Price: Free
Download Trinity Rescue Kit.



Hope that you understand the benefits of having a boot disk on your wardrobe.



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What's the solution for the long black background with crusader on startup windows 7 ?


Click Start and type msconfig into the search bar->load msconfig->go to startup->untick all the unnecessary tasks.

Next try updating your graphics driver, use driver booster from majorgeeks if you're not sure how.


If this doesn't work use IObit Advanced system care to clean your system.

Failing that, reinstall windows and start again.
failing that get a SSD drive or new harddrive compatible for your system

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I have had problems when starting from cold - the workstation dell Precission 670 starts to boot then it gets to the window screen for only a few seconds and the screen goes dark and the "B" & "C"...


B and C usually indicate a drive failure. if issue only occurs on COLD boot and successive boot attempts gain access to the OS, then the most likely issue is that the HDD is slow to come to operating speed, (Drive has to be at Approx 97% of rated rotation speed before is can successfully read) on drives where the spindle is slow to come to speed, a cold boot then successive warm reboot will often gain access to the HDD/OS
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4282412-find_no_post_diagnostic_information_dell
One problematic issue on diagnosing this is that you only have 1 opportunity to run diags (The cold boot) and get a reading on if the drive is failing to read (also because diags are generally slower to load, the drive may come up to speed before the diag actually runs)
If issue is problematic and getting worse, I'd replace the HDD

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My windows crashed. When computer starts and tries to raise windows it restarts. Tried everything, can't access password protected account where important informations stored. Help


To access the data, try removing the drive from the computer and installing it as another drive. There are several external docks that accommodate drives for this purpose.
If the drive is IDE, try an IDE enclosure. If the drive is SATA you can use a SATA usb dock or an enclosure.
You could try repairing Windows using the repair mode. Tap F8 as Windows starts.
You can try booting in safe mode. To start in safe mode, tap the F8 key quickly as Windows trys to start.

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I have an E-Machine desktop PC that is failing to boot. It is running on windows 2000. When it starts booting, it says that one of the files needed for booting is missing. It further tells me to run a...


Windows 2000mag-glass_10x10.gif boot disks allow you to by-pass damaged Windows 2000 operating system files to get your computer up and running in a solid, stable configuration. You simply tell the computer to access the Windows 2000 codes necessary for start-up from your floppy disk drive rather than the hard drive. Creating the set of four boot disks is specific to this version of the operating system
  1. Step 1 Insert the Windows 2000 Professional CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Insert a formatted, blank diskette into the floppy disk drive. Have three additional formatted, blank diskettes standing by.
  2. Step 2 Click "Start" at the bottom left corner of your computer screen to open the start-up menu. This lists the start-up actions available for Windows 2000. Select "Run." The program then asks you to designate the drive, program, folder or file you want to open by either typing the destination or clicking "Browse," to select the destination from the Windows 2000 directory.
  3. Step 3 Click the "Browse" button at the bottom of the pop-up window. The PC's hard drivemag-glass_10x10.gif directory window appears.
  4. Step 4 Browse the computer's hard drive directory and select the CD-ROM drive to designate it as the destination you want to open. Click "OK" to open the CD-Rom drive. The folders and files saved on the Windows 2000 CD now appear in the directory format.
  5. Step 5 Select the "Bootdisk" folder. A directory of files appears.
  6. Step 6 Double-click the program file "Makeboot.exe," then click "OK" to launch the Windows 2000 boot disk maker program. The program checks that you have a formatted diskette in the floppy disk drive and then begins to make the boot disk.
  7. Step 7 Watch your screen as the process of making the boot disk progresses. The boot disk for Windows 2000 requires four diskettes. The program cues you to remove the first diskette and insert the second, and so on until all four diskettes are created and the boot disk making process is finished.

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you may have alot of problems installed or your hard drive needs to be defragmented.

yes it also may be failing, but before replaceing it either clean up your pc also defrag the hard drive.

how to defrag
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
if that doesn't help try reinstalling windows and starting from a clean plate.

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