....the boot sector and formatting, so likely the disk is failing. You already got a bad report on it when you ran those programs from USB connection. Go to Toshiba, get whatever disk diagnostic software you can and let that test it. Probably something like Acronis. NOW is the last time you may have to recapture anything on it that you want while connected to USB.
Windows 8.1 on Toshiba laptop. It has been having frequent freeze ups and then progressed to where it would freeze immediately after completing boot up. This was not related to any new apps or updates or any thing. Tried the chkdsk, scannow etc. After that the pc started booting to "startup auto repair" which became unending repair loop. Recovery disk / media was unable to fix the problems. Even with the recovery media disks, it goes into the never ending repair loop. Have been unable to fix it. Took the HD out and to another PC (windows 10) via a USB adapter. Then ran "testdisk" and partition wizard etc. without making any changes to it. Present condition as I have diagnosed from all prior work: The primary partition 687GB of the total 750GB HD, that contained the windows, is showing as "RAW" and healthy, and not NTFS. All the other partitions (system, EFI system, recovery OEM) etc are healthy and NTFS. Also the Boot sector and boot sector backup are good but MFT and MFT mirror are both bad. TestDisk was unable to fix MFT.
I had copied all my data to an external HD before it all got so bad. So, I have essential stuff. Also I can see all the files on a scan with EASEUS data recovery Pro and will copy some of other things I may need. BUT what next:
Is the following the correct thing to do now: In the Disk manager, format the partition that is RAW to NTFS. Then using the Toshiba recovery disk (prepared from the PC when bought new), try to recover the computer. Since the system and recovery partitions are intact, the recovery should work? Right? After recovering, reinstall various apps and then copy the data files back to the pc. Any thing else I can do?
Thanks for the help.