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Repair from Disc CMD prompt...?

So some W7 file got corrupted the other day, my computer straight crashed on me, and I cannot start. The regular "repair my computer" does no good, not even from the install disc. (Don't want to reinstall unless absolutely necessary.)

I have tried chkdsk- pretty sure I specified the right drive (did both available just in case)- nothing. Attempting the sfc /scannow thing, including "offbootdir" and "offwindir" (googled it), not really sure I'm doing it right, but I think I am. It gives me various messages, effectively saying some corrupted files unable to fix.

Can anyone help me, point me in the right direction for what to do... anything?

Am I screwed?
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    Corrupted files? Best to test the hard drive then to see if that could be starting to fail. Use the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic software for DOS which loads from a bootable CD which you can make from a downloadable CD Image.

    The download links for CD images are here for all except WD hard drives:
    http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    For CD image for testing WD hard drives, the link is here: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/63494-looking-for-western-digital-data-lifeguard-iso/

    You can create a bootable CD from any of those CD images using IMGBurn: http://www.filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

    When you've made the CD, boot your faulty PC from it.
  2. Okay, so if it's going to fail, can I fix it in the meantime and back it up (image copy to a new drive kind of thing)?

    Also, mine is a kingston drive.
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