Windows 7 Disk Repair Loop Fix

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First is the background of the story. If you don’t like my brilliant and comedic style of prose and you only want the steps on how to fix this issue I suggest you skip ahead to the bullet points.

Here in Brazil, especially in the poor neighborhood where my English School is, the energy grid is in shambles. So is water distribution & accessibility, the school system, any sense of security…. but I digress and must save those stories for another day.

Quick power surges and drops are the norm. All out power outages can be expected once a month. I have gone through 2 no-break surge protectors and 3 power supply units (PSU) for my desktop in the last 3 years. *update: a surge has friend a RAM slot, RAM card and my Echo Mia soundcard. 🙁

When the power went out last Thursday my computer shut off. Not good. However, things got worse when the power came back on I started to boot my computer back up… the power went out again. Strangely, the computer booted up later in the day. It wasn’t until Friday morning that the Disk Repair Loop happened.

A disk repair loop happens when your computer doesn’t start up properly. The computer automatically tries to locate the issue and fix itself. However, if it didn’t start correctly because of a power outage, or something similar, there is nothing for it to fix. It will brilliantly tell you it couldn’t fix the problem and instead of realizing there isn’t a problem to be found the next time you try to start the computer it will do this again… and again.

The following bullet points are how I broke the Loop and got my baby working again.

*a note: my keyboard doesn’t turn on until after the computer has booted. This means I cannot press F8 durng the boot process. I would suggest trying that method before getting into the command prompt.

  1. After the Disk Check runs it’s course to no avail you are presented with a couple options. You need to select the Command (CMD) Prompt option.
  2. Once the CMD has launched you need to type in the following exactly as is:
    bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
    **If you have properly executed the code you should get this message “The Operation Completed Successfully”. If you get an error message try again.
  3. Close the CMD window. Click Continue or Restart. Once you computer restarts you will be in safe mode.
  4. Click the Start button and search for msconfig … click it when it pops up. Usually you have to enter the entire name before it displays.
  5. Open msconfig and change a few things.
  6. On the “General” tab you want to make sure the radial button is changed to normal, as pictured below. After running the bcdedit command above it won’t be until you change it.


    System Configuration General Setting – Windows 7

  7. Next go to the “Boot” tab. Here you want to uncheck “safe mode” and then check the “make all boot settings permanent. Also pictured here.


    System Configuration Boot Setting – Windows 7

  8. Now, save and restart. Hopefully that works for you!!
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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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