Okay, I've been at this all day long now and I feel I'm going round in circles now. Perhaps someone can help.
Initial problem: Dell Inspiron 531 locks up with a black screen.
Tried F8 to run the utility partition.
- Startup repair sits for ages 'Attempting repairs' (no disc activity for over 30mins)
- Running CHKDSK hangs.
- Running DISKPART hangs
- Running FORMAT hangs
I can see all my files from the DOS prompt, can even copy them all to back them up.
Booting with safemode shows that it hangs loading crcdisk.sys
System restore reports disc errors, then we go into Startup repair (chkdsk?) and we're hung again.
I DO have a spare SATA hard drive, so perhaps I can clone everything onto that and try but I don't know how.
If I could just reformat or repartion C: then perhaps I can just get the system restore to work.
It's SO frustrating that all the files on C: seem to be intact though.
I just tried resetting the settings in the F2 menu just for fun, but no improvement.
HELP, I'm gonna go at it with a big hammer next!!!!