Answer to: Laptop stuck on " Preparing Automatic Repair " during start up.a) see if you can check hard drive using a utility disk from the maker of the hard drive-most have a bootable iso file that you can burn a cd that will boot the computer and let you check the drive. The ultimate boot disk may also let you do this. OR If the drive has a fault at the beginning it will not work - you may be able to use disk utilities to move the partition to an ares not faulty and also resize the partition. You may be able to do this if you remove the hard drive from the laptop and place it in the a desktop computer as a second drive and use the administrative tools and hard drive utilities of the OS to do this. This will also let you check the drive. This may provide an opportunity to strip the data of the drive in case anything goes wrong- USB drive as a destination etc. But if faulty the only long term solution is to replace the drive eg It sounds as if HDD is faulty the easiest way may be to buy a replacement and replace it and then reinstall windows from your system recovery disks or downlo...
Answer to: Laptop stuck on " Preparing Automatic Repair " during start up.On e reason this may happen is the hard drive has an error at critical point in the boot up. Maybe try another hard drive or use a usb bootable linux drive if you do this and it starts it is likely to the hard drive. You need to replace it. Once you have working drive you will need to reinstall the system etc. If you buy a similar sized hard drive you may be able to clone the recovery partition and thereby restore your system or you have made recovery disks you may be able to restore the computer quite easily and then try to take the data off the old drive