Unable to find valid windows partitions

#1
I just downloaded and ran Windows recovery essentials for a Windows 7 machine. When I select the automated repair button i get the message "Unable to find valid windows partitions on this computer ..." . I know that there are valid partitions. I beleive that some of the data is corrupt and thats what i am trying to repair. If i run the partition editor i gat the type of response "No devices detected".
Unsure of what to do.

Addendum

I am also wondering if anyone has ever had any luck using this utility with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
If neither the automated repair software nor the partition editor are able to detect your hard drive, it sounds like you may have hardware damage. If you're lucky, you may have a loose cable or something similar. If you're not, your hard drive or your hard drive controller (in/on the motherboard) is damaged.

The software is 100% compatible with 64-bit Windows.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#3
As well as checking the connection of your HDD (does it show in the BIOS?), try disconnecting any other HDDs while you attempt a repair, especially if you have any old IDE drives on the PC.