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I have a Sony Vaio laptop model PCG-61A11L, manufactured in 5/2011, pre-loaded with Win 7.  I upgraded to Win 10 in 2017, and everything was peachy-keen until a few months ago, when, after an apparent automatic 'upgrade', the laptop appears tp be trying to load from the X drive, not the C drive.  After Winblows runs its so-called automatic 'repair' diagnostics, I can't recover shit from any of the options.  Thankfully I have a backup flipbook so I could research this phenom, but the 50% effective 'fixes' are beyond my technical capabilities.  

So my question is, have any of you experienced this before, and if so, how did you fix it?  I have done everything short of cracking open the case and removing that all important watch battery, and if that doesn't work, taking it to a professional and spending $$$.  I would really like to save this excellent laptop, as it has never failed me in the past 8 years (except for the wifi capability going tits up about 6 months prior to this debacle) and I really don't want to do a FORMAT: C:\ or a DEL *.* on it because there are valuable files I'd like to keep.  And yes, I have learned my lesson to back up every damn thing to ext HDs.  Any helpful hints would be appreciated!   

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44 minutes ago, sturmchaser said:

I have searched the forum and haven't found this topic.  

I have a Sony Vaio laptop model PCG-61A11L, manufactured in 5/2011, pre-loaded with Win 7.  I upgraded to Win 10 in 2017, and everything was peachy-keen until a few months ago, when, after an apparent automatic 'upgrade', the laptop appears tp be trying to load from the X drive, not the C drive.  After Winblows runs its so-called automatic 'repair' diagnostics, I can't recover shit from any of the options.  Thankfully I have a backup flipbook so I could research this phenom, but the 50% effective 'fixes' are beyond my technical capabilities.  

So my question is, have any of you experienced this before, and if so, how did you fix it?  I have done everything short of cracking open the case and removing that all important watch battery, and if that doesn't work, taking it to a professional and spending $$$.  I would really like to save this excellent laptop, as it has never failed me in the past 8 years (except for the wifi capability going tits up about 6 months prior to this debacle) and I really don't want to do a FORMAT: C:\ or a DEL *.* on it because there are valuable files I'd like to keep.  And yes, I have learned my lesson to back up every damn thing to ext HDs.  Any helpful hints would be appreciated!   

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Shut the Laptop off.  Restart using a Cold Boot and enter the BIOS Settings by selecting the proper key. Every make of Laptop has different setting for entering the BIOS.  Some use F10 and some use F2.

Make sure your Boot Order is the Hard Drive with the O/S installed is the First Boot Device then followed secondary with the CD/DVD. If the BIOS first Boot Device is FDD (Floppy Disk Drive) this is likely where the error is caused from.  Since Laptops are not designed for FDD usage it cannot Boot. The FDD action should be set to Disabled.  Save the changes and Reboot your Laptop.

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Thanks for the response, Stone, but unfortunately it didn't work.  The boot order was set for optical drive then internal hdd, so I switched it to internal hdd, saved and exit, but it started back in diagnostic repair mode (and none of the repair options succeed).  

So, I'm back to square one.  😑 

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1 hour ago, sturmchaser said:

Thanks for the response, Stone, but unfortunately it didn't work.  The boot order was set for optical drive then internal hdd, so I switched it to internal hdd, saved and exit, but it started back in diagnostic repair mode (and none of the repair options succeed).  

So, I'm back to square one.  😑 

On your image you have entered  "C:\"  That is not recognizable to Windows.  The proper one is  "C:"   do not include the and see what happens.

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Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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43 minutes ago, sturmchaser said:

Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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When you reboot your Laptop press the F8 key and go to the Boot Menu and select boot from Hard Drive if it shows.  If the Hard Drive is there it should show in that menu.

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1 hour ago, sturmchaser said:

Silly me, my DOS 5 skills have obviously deteriorated since the 90s LOL.  The result is below.  "File not found"  *sigh*  However, I AM able to reach the registry editor, if that helps.  However, I've learned with past desktop towers, messing around in the regedit can cause catastrophic results  🥴  But I'll try anything at this point.  

 

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Get your command Prompt out of Administrator mode.  Show as normal without Administrator.  Then when the command shows just type  dir  if there is a hard drive present it will show the directory of it's contents.

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Ehhh... unfortunately, nothing worked, so I decided to try one of the "fixes" I Googled (big mistake), and ended up fucking things up even further!  I now get "BOOTMGR is missing" and it goes no further.  I can still access the BIOS, and change the boot order, so I am now downloading a Win 10 recovery program onto a USB drive, so hopefully I can boot the brick up via the external drive option in BIOS.  But I have a feeling this isn't going to work either, I'll probably fuck it up even further.  It looks like I'll be making a trip to a PC doctor soon 😒 

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3 hours ago, sturmchaser said:

Ehhh... unfortunately, nothing worked, so I decided to try one of the "fixes" I Googled (big mistake), and ended up fucking things up even further!  I now get "BOOTMGR is missing" and it goes no further.  I can still access the BIOS, and change the boot order, so I am now downloading a Win 10 recovery program onto a USB drive, so hopefully I can boot the brick up via the external drive option in BIOS.  But I have a feeling this isn't going to work either, I'll probably fuck it up even further.  It looks like I'll be making a trip to a PC doctor soon 😒 

If there are files you need to get from the hard drive that's easy to do. Just remove the Hard Drive and insert it into an External Hard Drive enclosure and plug into a USB Port.  The Hard Drive will act as a slave on another machine and then just get the files you need from the Hard Drive. Be as when the Laptop was made you may need an Adapter for the enclosure depending on whether the Hard Drive is EIDE or SATA.

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