I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows Server 2008 standard x64 in dual boot mode on my Acer 4530 laptop. I normally use hibernate so that I can start working from where I left last time.
Last evening I was working on my laptop and felt like taking a break, I hibernated my laptop which was running low on battery at that time, so I connected it to the power supply and left.
After taking a nap when I came back and switched on the laptop, it showed me the message "Resuming windows..." and then took forever to proceed, I hard booted and tried once again this time I got the message to boot normally or avoid restoration and boot afresh, I tried to boot normally and for the first time in last 1 year I have seen the Windows 7 BSOD and the error was Stop:0x0000024.
I tried safe mode, safe mode with command prompt and the repair option but none of them helped. I tried booting using Windows 7 ultimate x64, Windows Server 2008 x64 media and even with WIndows 7 x64 repair disk but got the same error.
Searched many forums and most of the posts indicated that this error is related to hardware failure and left me shivering with pain of loosing my data.
In the hope of saving my data I took the HDD out of laptop, connected it to a 2.5" external USB case and connected it to another laptop running Windows 7 x64 which also crashed with error message STOP:0x0000024 and same happened with a Windows XP PC (here the BSOD error was something else).
I thought of giving Linux a try, booted my other laptop using a Ubuntu live cd and connected the HDD but it failed to mount. As a last resort I booted with Knoppix live cd and connected the external USB drive and clicked on the icon of the external HDD and voila it opened and I was able to see all my data, I copied my data to a new HDD and disconnected the external hdd.
As I was thinking what do next because I am not a fan of the great FORMAT command. I removed the hdd from the external usb casing and connected back to my laptop, booted the machine, selected windows 7 from the boot menu and it displayed me a bunch of options to choose from I chose to 'boot normally' and to my greatest surprise it booted without any problems life became normal again. Hurrahay....!!
I feel my problem was related to Hibernate, may be because of some reason the file system reached at a state which made it non accesible and when I connected and mounted it to Knoppix it came to a normal state again.
Anyone having better understading of this issue, please explain.