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I can´t get perform hdd recovery mode!

Hello, the other day I had many internet windows and my Toshiba Satellite C50D Laptop (with Windows Cool froze. I forced a reboot and since then the computer is able to boot in Windows but it is extremely slow, taking about 10-15min to get into the Desktop, or more!

I immediately suspect that either I have errors in the risk or Windows is damaged. I am only able to run a very few simple programs but almost nothing else (or every other task takes an horrible amount of time for windows to perform). Most of the times I end up forced to reboot the Laptop or just Forget about it and come hours later when the Desktop finally appears.

I tried system restore but strangely showed no restore points, I tried scandisk (shows no errors but I obviously dont trust it), I tried scandisk on startup; and the antivirus or other malware tools refuse to work.

The worst of all: I tried windows recovery tools from within windows (to reinstall windows): it takes forever and doesn´t work; Then I tried toshiba hdd recovery right after booting (it should formats and restores hard drive back to factory settings), as it is located in a separate partition, and always it quickly gets into blue screen saying pc needs repair, a device might not be connected or damaged. This was my best hope, and it does not work.

So, without a recovery option, but obviously being able to boot into windows (still!!!), I am left with a strange situation, where I suspect my disk is either with corrupted data and can´t be fixed, or worse, the hard drive is physically damaged. But luckily I already copied all my data, though that also took a highly unusual amount of time.

Is there any way of fixing this?

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Which windows?

In reply to: I can´t get perform hdd recovery mode!

I missed which one. But as the HDD is suspect you did the right thing of copying what you can't lose.

Did you try cloning the drive?
Did you try creating restore media?

If this is Windows 10, you can create a recovery/restore USB stick.

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Its windows 8

In reply to: Which windows?

Ist Windows 8. I actually wrote Windows 8 but because I wrote Windows 8 followed by ")" then it created a smiley!

I managed now to get into Windows 8 Desktop after 40min of booting, but it failed again to do Windows recovery (the option of erasing hard drive and reinstalling factory origin Windows) I tried it already many times during booting too, but it also fails.

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Havent tried a usd stick restore yet...

In reply to: Which windows?

I did not tried to clone the drive, I do not know actually what it is that. But I saved all data from it, so I am prepared to format the disk.

I havent tried to create a restore usb stick or DVD, I might if all other Options fail.

But the partitioned recovery tool of toshiba should had worked, but it does not. It contains an Image of the factory installed Windows 8

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I know this is upsetting but I disagree the restore should

In reply to: Havent tried a usd stick restore yet...

I've been around a while and as PC get infections, some folk use AntiVirus suites that overstep boundaries I can't agree it should work.

For example, Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee and maybe others break System Restore. It may even break system recovery.

OK, my next step would be to find the instruction on how to create restore media. This step should have been completed soon after you bought the new PC but many don't do it and hope for the best.

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Creating now a USB restore media....

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Many thanks for your reply.

Sadly I haven´t create a USB restore media. The Toshiba laptop came already with a recovery partition, so I reckoned if anything bad would happen, I would just use that option and restore the laptop back to factory settings. But obviously this is not working neither from within Windows 8 desktop, nor from booting. The hard drive must be somehow damaged but not totally, allowing for Windows to boot but functioning very bad, and not allowing access to the recovery partition.

I am now trying to create a USB recovery media, from within the desktop of Windows. Just as I write this, it worked until the point of asking me to insert a USB stick, but I must be out of my luck as mine is only 7GB and it asks for 16 GB. Well, I am on my way to get another stick.

Any other ideas, in case this fails?

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Sorry no.

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Antivirus was Avira...

In reply to: I know this is upsetting but I disagree the restore should

I might wait a while until I get another USB stick. Tomorrow I will try it again.

Meanwhile, the antivirus I was using was Avira. I agree that antivirus can cause a lot of problems. On this case it seems that as I forced a reboot a few days ago, it damaged somehow some sectors in the harddrive or even physically damaged it.

I noticed also while opening the task manager, that the computer is processing always at 100% or 99% non-stop. Even while not running any task or any software. It seems all rest, like memory is functioning good, but not the CPU.

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That would be a first.

In reply to: Antivirus was Avira...

While apps can corrupt sector data, that would be a first for it to do physical damage to a drive. I don't know how deep your PC knowledge goes but here, as an electronics designer I don't see how software can physically damage a drive.

The 99/100% is typical of a failing HDD.

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