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I have a vista system which will not boot into windows or safe mode without continually rebooting.


I have run FRST from a flash drive and got the results below. It looks like it can't even see the partition at all.


I hope this of use and someone can help.






Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 22-06-2013
Ran by SYSTEM on 22-06-2013 17:40:57
Running from E:\
WIN_VISTA (X86) OS Language: English(US)
Boot Mode: Recovery
Attention: Could not load system hive.
Attention: System hive is missing.
==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================
Attention: Software hive is missing.
ATTENTION: Software hive is not loaded.
========================== Services (Whitelisted) =================
==================== Drivers (Whitelisted) ====================
==================== NetSvcs (Whitelisted) ===================
==================== One Month Created Files and Folders ========
==================== One Month Modified Files and Folders ========
==================== Known DLLs (Whitelisted) ============
==================== Bamital & volsnap Check =================
C:\Windows\explorer.exe IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\services.exe IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\User32.dll IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\volsnap.sys IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\system32\codeintegrity\Bootcat.cache IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
C:\Windows\System32\winsrv.dll IS MISSING <==== ATTENTION!.
==================== EXE ASSOCIATION =====================
HKLM\...\.exe: <===== ATTENTION!
HKLM\...\exefile\DefaultIcon:  <===== ATTENTION!
HKLM\...\exefile\open\command:  <===== ATTENTION!
==================== Restore Points  =========================
==================== Memory info =========================== 
Percentage of memory in use: 11%
Total physical RAM: 3061.63 MB
Available physical RAM: 2702.53 MB
Total Pagefile: 2843.62 MB
Available Pagefile: 2697.03 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 1972.59 MB
==================== Drives ================================
Drive d: (2007.11.03_2329) (CDROM) (Total:0.12 GB) (Free:0 GB) UDF
Drive e: (FLASH DRIVE) (Removable) (Total:3.74 GB) (Free:3.74 GB) FAT32
Drive x: (Boot) (Fixed) (Total:0.03 GB) (Free:0.03 GB) NTFS
==================== MBR & Partition Table ==================
Disk: 0 (MBR Code: Windows 7 or Vista) (Size: 466 GB) (Disk ID: 304E9C78)
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=466 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)
Disk: 1 (Size: 4 GB) (Disk ID: B78453D0)
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=4 GB) - (Type=0B)
==================== End Of Log ============================
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Well if nothing is reading it and it's rebooting from either mode then it sounds like it is probably a failing drive.

Are there onboard diagnostics to test the drive by pressing one of the F (function keys) during boot up ?


You might also try placing the drive into another computer and seeing if you can see the drive there and trying to do data recovery on it if needed or running a FULL DISK CHECK on the drive while it's slaved to another system.

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