Inaccessible_boot_device ghost



Keywords: inaccessible_boot_device ghost
Description: A family member of mine recently went on vacation and turned off their computer, something they normally do not do, upon returning home it would not turn on and now returns a black screen with the

A family member of mine recently went on vacation and turned off their computer, something they normally do not do, upon returning home it would not turn on and now returns a black screen with the error message in that is shown the code block below. Generally friends and family come to me for help with computers and I have no problem, however this time I am a bit stumped. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

  1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
  2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
  3. Click "repair your computer."

If you don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Before going to this error message it briefly flashes the Windows loading screen. I have been able to confirm through the Windows RE Command Line and the dir command that the C: drive is accessible and likely is just suffering a bootup issue.

  • Launching the repair process discussed in the error message three times however each time it requires a restart and then returns to the same error message.
  • Changing the boot order to be hard drive first
  • Getting into safe mode: safe mode results in same error message
  • I have checked to make sure the BCD (bcdedit, Boot Configuration Data) is still intact as per https://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH160475
  • sfc /scannow; requires a restart and thus will likely result in the error message again
  • A memory scan
  • Bootrec as per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392#method1
  • Swapping IDE cables/ports
  • Resetting the BIOS

I noticed others with similar issues around the web are dual-booting however this machine is not setup in a dual-boot environment. Additionally at one point this error message supposedly showed up before I started working on the computer:






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