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windows7 wont boot and need to know how to recover data external HD

Q: windows7 wont boot and need to know how to recover data external HD

my computer rebooted itself twice last week and now i cant boot windows7 on my desktop i tried all the safe modes ect. I need to recover my data but dont know how or if my external hard drive will work while trying to do this. btw,i dont get a blue screen i get a screen with red,green,blue,yellow stripes all through it and it was beeping rapidly but i stopped that . its a windows7 64bit with a 32bit also on it. thx. SORRY i thought all the specs were there.

1yr old
Intel Pentium E6700 Processor 3.2GHz
1TB Hard Drive
Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Preferred Solution: windows7 wont boot and need to know how to recover data external HD

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

A: windows7 wont boot and need to know how to recover data external HD

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Is it the situation that you cannot boot even in the Safe Mode?

If so, try booting the Windows installer disk. Does it boot? Let us know.

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I run XP pro. Went to turn on machine ,it gives me three options, safe mode, safe mode with net work and normal mode.

What ever one I choose it will start the boot up from the beginning and come back to this orignal promt as above stated.

I tried to make the drive a slave but the systems keeps telling me "do you want to format?

For some reason the drive cant be accesed? Is there a program to extract info that I want to save? If so please advise.

Thank you

A:How can I recover data from drive that wont boot?

Have you tried reloading your last saved settings?

Start / Programs / assesories / think its restore settings ... it will or should give you the option of going back to a previouse setting ..... and think you can do it from safe mode.good luck !

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What I want to know, is there any I can recover the data my self, with out having to send it to a recovery place.

A:External HD died, need to recover data myself

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So i was reformatting from Vista back to XP x64 because a piece of my hardware was incompatable with vista and kept crashing. I go to delete the partitions of my internal HDD and i forgot that my External HDD was still plugged in and i deleted the partition of that too. I got pissed and restarted my comp. I had to go back thru the partitioning and i recreated the partition for the External HDD along with my internal and all that. My question is, "Is there any possible way to recover the data from a repartitioned drive?" I have not yet reformatted the External HDD. The data should still be there, but the indexing is gone? IF anyone has a way to recreated the index it will be much appreciated.

A:Solved: Recover data from an external HDD that has...

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My Passport External HD suddenly failed.

- Replaced cable. Apparently this is not the problem.

- I have tried on another computer with same result.

- Light on HD is on but no sound of turning or no clicking sound.

- HD is recognized only in Disk Management. It does not show up under drives when clicking My Computer, thus I cannot access the drive.

- I downloaded Easeus Data Recovery (Trial) but when scanned does not find drive for Passport.

- I have not contacted WD, but searched their site for solutions/troubleshooting. Basically, they say use data recovery software. I do not want to pay many $$$ to send to a professoinal.

Anyone know of a Data Recovery Software or have ideas how I can access My Passport ? Thanks !

(Note: Passport is only about 15 months old and not really used that much. Not sure I would recommend WD to anyone)

A:Need to Recover Data from WD Passport External HD

Try this: Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning Else you can also try Recuva.

As what does it show in Disk Management. Best if you could post a picture.

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I have a 160 GB Seagate external (149 GB) I got about 133 GB of data Help me recover it please or point me to a recovery thread

A:Formated my external. Please help me recover my data.

any free data recovery software should do the trick, provided you haven't overwritten the HD. Bear in mind, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to recover due to the fact you might overwrite some of the files.

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After reading some more threads and using probable cause, these are my most likely scenarios and my reasoning for them as well.
-A week before I had the issue with the WD HD, my younger brother moved my laptop bag and it fell with my laptop inside. I turned it on after he told me so I could check it. Everything seemed fine except the hard drive was missing. The laptop is a HP dv7-3065dx with Win 7 x64. I could see it in BIOS but could not access it. I went into the diagnostics menu and ran the HD tests which it failed. I could not use start up recovery because it said there was nothing there. The recovery partition was not usable either. After doing some research, I thought the hard drive had died and needed to be replaced. I just found that to be unlikely and it was. With a little more searching and some luck, I found out what happened and is something that can happen to hard drives(especially Western Digital which it was). The hard drive had basically locked itself. After making the primary partition active again, it booted right up and has worked just fine.
-I had my WD 1.5 TB MyBook external hard drive in laptop bag. To be clear about this external hard drive, I had roughly used 1.3 TB of space for programs, movies, music, gaming, etc. This was formatted NTFS I believe and even though this drive was only used for storage, it was MBR and not GPT(I specify this for what I will do to it and have no idea if it matters). It worked just fine before I left with it. I was not rou... Read more

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Hi All,
I accidentally formatted my Seagate Ext. HDD!!!! As you know my life & more is on the drive... all stored safely on this 'offsite' back up drive!' There is another back up on DVD but that doesn't have all the info, so it will help but not by much! I don't want to take the drive to a technician, they charge way to much, for something that can be done on my own computer - I have Windows 7 and a Toshiba laptop.

I have looked at some data recovery sites and recommendations; am undecided, what is the best software to use for the Seagate FreeAgent HDD?

My question: Is there any ultra-reliable free or low cost software that can retrieve my data this HDD??


A:Solved: Recover data from External HDD

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I have recently bought a 1 TB Seagate external hard disk. It worked very good.
Some days ago I had to format my computer and reinstall windows, so I saved my important data on the external hard disk.
Accidentally, I did the format while the hard disk was connected to the computer.
I tried to connect the hard disk to my other computer, a massage popped up saying "Seagate storage device was successfully installed and ready to be used" , but I couldn't find it in "My Computer".
Then I went to My Computer-Manage-Disk Management and there I saw the hard disk, but it was Unallocated.
I tried to activate it, and then I saw it on My Computer. However, when I double clicked on it, A massage saying "This drive is not formatted, would you like to format it now?" popped up. I said NO and then tried some file recovery programs, but with no success.
The only program that worked was "VirtualLab" It found the files, all of them, but I couldn’t save them because I had to buy the program.

I Tried the "Recuva" software, but when I tried to scan the hard disk, Recuva said "Unable to read boot sector".

Please, I really need to recover my files from there, There are some Medical Documents there for my sisters surgery.
Help me up please!!!

A:Recover data from External hard disk

$40 is actually a very good price if the program can see and promises to recover all the files you need. Free software is free software; sometimes it works fine and sometimes you get what you pay for, especially with data recovery. The ones I would have suggested cost significantly more (GetDataBack and Easeus Recovery Wizard).

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This evening I did a very stupid thing. When I plugged in my external hard drive, I got a message saying that I needed to reformat it. Without thinking, I clicked yes and allowed the darn computer to start erasing my data. As soon as I realized what I had idiotically done, I had another lapse of judgment and unplugged the external hard drive in the middle of the process.

Now I have a hard drive that is still 80% full and no way of reaching the data… Anytime I try to open the drive, I get a message saying it’s inaccessible.

Is there any way for me to recover some of the data still on the drive????

Any advice y'all could give would be muchly appreciated.

A:recover data external hard drive

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The USB of my external hard drive was broken and I changed to a new casing. However, it did not show up in my computer anymore and did not show up in disk management. I read forums and assigned it a drive name in disk management and clicked new partition. The drive was now visible in my computer but it keeps asking to be formatted. I do not want to erase my old data and so did not format.I want access to this data back again. My hard drive is fine and makes no noises. Someone please help.


A:Recover data from external hard drive?

No guarantee that you'll be able to recover your data. Depends on the size of the HDD, it might take a while for the programs to scan it. Be patient.

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.




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Scenario: My cousin just bought an HP MINI 1030NR from good 'ol Best Buy. He wanted to put a flavor of linux on there (dreamlinux to be exact, http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/index.html). He downloaded the iso file from the website and planned on installing it onto his ntfs-formatted external hard drive (80gb). The problem is that he accidentally installed the distro on the entire hard drive, as opposed to a separate partition. As a result, he has lost all of his data, images, videos, docs, etc (about 32GB). Is there any way that he can recover this information off of his external hdd? I am pretty sure that linux reformats the hdd to ext3 or something similar, so i don't know if there is any hope because usually reformating completely wipes the hard drive if I'm not mistaken.NOTE: Now when he plugs in his external hard drive, it shows up as a cd-rom image (see attached image). I have tried the recovery program Recuva, but it only seems to recognize hdd's and won't let me scan the "CD-ROM." I am using teamviewer to check out his pc at the moment, in case any of you experts need more info about the pc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Please let me know if you need any more pertinent information.EDIT: I have attached another image from his pc's Disk Management utility. It shows DISK 1 as being the actual hard drive with almost the full hdd available, AND it shows the cd-rom as something separate.

A:Is it possible to recover data from reformatted external hard drive

He most likely can....BUT... itll cost ALOT of money. The hard drive will most likely have to be shipped to a professional with a dust free environment where he will open the drive and pull info from it.

If it is reformatted the information is most likely written over and gone, but ya never know, if he has about 800-1500 to dump on a hard drive, go for it, but I would just assume it is gone.

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

A:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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Problem:--- When I connect my external USB 3.0 Western digital hard disk to my system, system is hanged. Showing that some external source is added to the system( USB icon in Tray icon ) but not able to see in the system.

Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. There is no Symptoms like any extra sound, or spinning down, it is showing normal behavior.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.If it matters, My computer is a windows Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit DELL laptop.

A:External hard drive crashed, How to recover data?

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I have problems accessing files in my removable devices (USB/flash disk, SD, external HDD). Files not inside folders can be opened but those inside folders cannot. My folders became shortcut links and I cannot open them to access my files. Below message appears:

Windows cannot find 'J:\.Trashes/b3fdadef.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
There are also additional shortcut links created inside the removable device, like .Trashes.
The virus seems to be: Worm:Win32/Dorkbot.I. And it seems to create random .exe files.
Does this mean files in my removable device are now corrupted? I believe my files are still there, as seen during virus scanning or by checking disk usage. Help please on how I can remove this virus and view and access my files and folders properly. Critical is my infected external HDD, which are basically all my pictures, videos and important documents.
Thank you so much and hoping for an immediate response. 

A:HELP!! How to recover data from external HDD (infected with Dorkbot worm)

Please follow the instructions in THIS GUIDE starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it HERE. Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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WIndows 7 premium home version on a lenovo laptop freezing at splash screen. I can boot into safe mode just fine. Whereby I have to run a system restore back to an older date but the issue still comes back up and this seems to be especially true when trying to wake it from sleep mode. beyond the appcrash is there something else i should upload to help diagnose issue?

A:windows7 wont boot past windows splash screen - will boot to safe mod

A hasty fly by...
See if the link is of help.

Windows 7 won't boot after welcome screen. - Microsoft Answers

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I just transfered some data from Maxtor OneTouch II to my computer, but suddenly it stopped and showed raw datas. Then I restart the windows XP and tried to fix it when it booted up (it said that some of the files and chain files are truncated - I don't understand what that means to my data ) . So now, the external drive no longer show raw datas but a folder named found.000 filled with thousands of "chk" files and a file named &2&2.

I then tried the latest Powermax from Maxtor, but it turned out that Powermax doesn't detect external harddrive (Mine is USB2.0). So no luck there?

Is there anyway to recover the data back? Or am I pretty much out of luck and have to reformat the HD ?

A:External Maxtor OneTouch II 200G corrupted - How to recover the data?

Those check files can be opened in Notepad. Although as it is in fragments you only find some pieces of readable text. All this can be cut and pasted, but a laborious job. It could be transfered to desktop (if you have one) to run Powermax to see if that would have more success.

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Ok, a few weeks ago, I got enraged with my laptop ( Fuj-Siem Amilo Pro) and thumped it with my hand (right near the lower center - presumably where the hard drive is?) and well, it froze up -after reboot and I got some BSOD(blue screen of death) message.. Anyways, I ran the recovery console, recovered about 70% of my files with chkdsk /r (after 21 hours!) and though it did not complete, it still rebooted and I was able to boot windows and use my computer.. so, after two days of successful startups, I was trying to repair and re-install the files that were not recovered, (like MS office stuff, Itunes, etc) when it froze - and I waited for 25 minutes before I had no choice but to turn off at the mains.. I turned the power back on when I got a "disk read error press alt ctrl etc" and have sincxe tried everything you can do in recovery console to sort it; fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk ( said it was fine) chkdsk /r/p - every command relative to the situation when running the recovery console before, the DOS recognized my windows installation ( C: 1Windows) now it just says C:> or something like that.

I went to buy an external hard rive USB ( Maxtor 120GB) and want to know how I can get the files on this USB drive. I need to get that DATA back - and the Recovery console is not going to repair again - (stays a 6% for 24 hours) and I just want to get this stuff off somehow onto the HDD.

A:Recover data from dead HD and dump on to external hard drive

try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

you have to boot your system from the disc, usually by pressing an 'f' key as soon as you press the power button (on my tosh its f12). then select boot from cd, instead of from the hard drive.

you will probably need to have your external drive attached before you start in order for the 'live OS' to recognise it.

then you should be able to view and perhaps even copy your files to the external hdd. you should even be able to format the original hard drive from here too, then you can re-install windows.

lastly try an anger management course. this really was a bit of a rookie error, wasn't it?

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This morning I was downloading the realtek Audio Driver for my Microphone to sound much better. My computer instantly crashed when opening it some how I dont know. As I try to boot my computer gets into a loop and puts me straight into startup repair and gives me the SrtTrail error. I have tried the bootrec commands, I tried to recover, Factory reset and everything! only thing I thought that fixed it was to reinstall windows . I did just that back cleaning both of my drives with DiskPart in cmd and Did a clean install of windows on my harddrives. Next thing I know I am downloading my drivers thinking all is fine until I reset my computer and we were back at square one So at this point I am very frustrated and I just want to play My favorite game is there anything that can help me.

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please help
how can I recover data from a damaged disk (not physically) of an external encrypted Bitlocer.
Description of the situation:

After connecting the drive - I can decipher it by typing the password - but when you try to open the contents of the report the message "format disk"
- the disk probably has some volume damaged - it has been disconnected from the computer (without being turned off)
What I have done so far:

Using the "Lazesoft" program - I managed to copy (of course after entering the password
on the damaged disk)
the content to another external disk (full - looking after size) but -
this data is encrypted (mainly ending with .ER)
I am asking for a hint:

whether the data that is on the new disk can somehow read (on this disk I can try) [or/and]how to create a damaged disk image to try on another disk [or/and]how to repair a damaged disk (as a last resort) - I am afraid of total data loss [or/and]what other program to use to copy data from a damaged disk
but decrypted
Thank you in advance for your help
Best Regards

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Hi, I recently bought a 1TB external HD and after about a month it has stopped working. It's now making loud clicking noises like metal on plastic, my laptop is not even recognizing it anymore. I tried switching the power supply and the USB cords, nothing makes the slightest difference. It just starts up, then starts making loud beeps and clicking noises. Not even an error message. Is there anything I can do to fix it or at the very least recover the data?

A:LACIE external HD not working, loud clicking noises, how do i recover data?

Hopefully, you have backups. Chances are not good for recovery if there are noises. You could try connecting it to your PC internally.

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I was on my gf's computer on the control panel trying to clear unnecessary programs and I thought i was being careful enough... Well i fear i deleted an essential program on the computer and may have ruined it. I removed the Java runtime environment and each of the updates thinking it wasnt necissary. Is this a critical program? The weird thing is as i was removing parts of it it just kept saying computer must restart to complete the removal of the program, and i selected no each time.. all of the sudden the computer turned off and when rebooting it said invalid boot.ini booting from c:windows\

I have an old desktop and was able to give them that for a spare. However the desktop only has a IDE hard drive slot and her computer has a SATA Hard drive, so I cannot run it in my computer.

(it may be useful to tell you now that I have looked inside both computers, and had unplugged the connection to the hd (power and motherboard connection) and reconnected them later)

However i am wondering if i can recover the data on the drive. Many assignments my gf has written for school must be printed for a portfolio later in the year. I burned a windows xp professional cd from an .iso file that is bootable (thats the operating system they had). And after several unsucsessful attemps, was finally able to acess the system BIOS on the broken computer and tell it to start from a cd initally and it seemed to work as i recieve the message:
press any key to boot from cd....

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A:invalid boot.ini trying to recover data

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Hey, forum!

Long story as short as possible:

Asus Zenbook UX51VZ / Windows 8 OEMUpgraded to Win 8.1 around three weeks agoFaced no problems (surfing, media programs, games worked fine)Last Friday during startup I received an error message telling me that something isn't correct and that windows will try to find the problemGot “directed” to the following menu Refreshing doesn't help as my hard drive seems to be blockedCan't select any restorable system images (as there aren’t any)I really don't want to format my hard drive!
Tried to safe my data by looking everything up, managed to gain access to my second partition on which I had only media files. Still, I urgently need to get the files on my C: drive back.

How I recovered my data on D: :

Ubuntu Live CDBoot Ubuntu instead of windows (which can’t be booted anyways)Nautilus, selected D:/ (called DATA)Received following error message:

"Error mounting /dev/dm-6 at /media/ubuntu/DATA: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=999,gid=999,dmas k=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/dm-6" "/media/ubuntu/DATA"' exited with non-zero exit status 14: The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0). Metadata kept in Windows cache, refused to mount. Failed to mount '/dev/mapper/isw_daihaciia_RAID0SYS6': Operation not permitted The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully (no hibernation or fas... Read more

A:Can't boot Windows, Not able to recover data!

In similar circumstances, I have used Puppy Linux a number of times retrieving data for others. It might be worth the try.


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I am using an Asus laptop using Windows 7. It suddenly crashed the other day. It had run out of batter, so when I charged the battery and ran the laptop again, suddenly I was taken to a screen where I had to restore the laptop to its original factory settings and then lost all my data. I then installed and ran TestDisk to try to recover my data. After using it to search for the partitions, I restarted the laptop.

Now, I am always taken to a Windows Boot Manager screen. It asks me to insert the Windows installation disc. However, this laptop never came with one. In fact, it doesn't even have a CD drive, as I would have to buy a seperate external CD drive. It also says "If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. Status: 0xc00002225 Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"

Is there any way I can get out of this menu and retrieve my lost data? Or should I just contact Asus for assistance?

A:Lost all data on Asus, tried to recover and won't boot

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... You could try a Repair Install ... The Tutorial below will guide you step by step ...

Check first that you have the Product Key before proceeding ...

Repair Install

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Long story short I shipped a lenovo x220 for mobo repacement with the HDD. I got it back, but windows bsod on boot. I found out this was a conflicting driver issue due to the new motherboard, so I used a tool in hires boot CD to resetthe hard disk controller or something like that. Win 7 then booted and I reinstalled all the system drivers and updated windows. Worked great for Two days until I had HDD failure warnings from windows and crystal disk info. I ran chkdsk and it fixed some things, and then crystal diskinfo only sshowed a warning, current pending sector count. Next day it won't boot. Startup repair hangs and fails to fix problems, and safe mode doesn't boot. Its definitely a HDD issue, but I dont know if it's physical since theres no clicking, sounds fine. I know there are a bunch of bad sectors and I can't boot. I tried using a USB sata adapter but my other win XP machine says I need to format it to view the drive, which I didn't of course.

In hiren's, it shows the HDD and its correct size and partitions, but it cant open or explore it. i also viewed the smart data and it says its failed because of pending sector count and reallcoated sector count.

What's weird is I can view all the files and file structure and everything only using the "disk genius" tool in hirens mini XP mode, but not in windows explorer. I tried creating a full image but both acronis and macrium threw read errors. Right now I'm running a disk rescue DD program thats supposed t... Read more

A:Failing hdd or bad sectors, will not boot, how to recover data?

first of all lets address the elephant in the room.. why oh why do you not back up your stuff!??? usb flash drives are cheap as chips and blank dvds are even cheaper.. theres very little excuse these days not to have a backup to stop this situation ever arising !

now this is a last ditch effort but a proven one. stick your hard drive in the freezer for a good few hours, and then try and clone it. it often gives dying hard drives chance to work until the heat up as normal.

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When windows is not booting any more and it is not recoverable, what tools/methods to use to get personal data out, transfer documents, pics etc. to USB stick or hard drive.

One is that get the hard drive out and connect it to another computer etc. boot to WinPe enviroment, then example use xcopy or other cmd commands can be used, but is there any easy to use file transfer tools with gui? Or how to create WinPe with all the tools needed for this kind of operation.

Any suggestions/ideas of ready made boot cds or tools?

A:When windows not boot, what to use to recover your personals data.

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

System Repair Disc - Create

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I have a toshiba laptop running windows xp. It crashed yesterday and now whenever it boots it give me the following error:
A disk read error occurred
Press ctl alt del to restart.

I managed to get to the selection of boot in safe mode, but it still won't boot and then I get I/O error reading boot sector.

At this point I just want to get the data off it. Toshiba's recovery disk only has the option of formatting the disk and restoring the system to it's initial state (the Toshiba tech support explained that was a benefit, getting it back to the original state, I told him scrapping my data on a 6 month old machine is not something I would consider a benefit)

So, tell me different ways I might get that data off the disk before wiping it clean? I have other computers and an external hard drive at my disposal.

A:Boot Sector Read error - help recover data

Slave the drive out on another machine?

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I was formatting my Windows 8, but accidently I also format Local Drive C, and I think I've also formatted Boot. As I came to know about something problem with my laptop, I tried to open boot manager during system boot, but now nothing is happening and
it just get showdown from Boot. :(
Please help me fast, how can I start my computer and recover data? Is there ane possible chance to start it over again?

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Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine experienced a BSOD crash on their Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately I was not in a position to see the exact message that was presented, however in my experience this doesn't always make a great deal of difference. After offering to fix my friend's computer I quickly discovered that one of the installed RAM sticks is faulty. I replaced both RAM sticks, and tested - all is fine on the RAM front. However the hard drive also appears to be corrupt. Windows 7 will not boot, and I have tried the following to rectify the situation:

1). Booted into Windows Recovery (using the W7 installation disk)

2). Windows didn't detect an Operating System install, so I made my way to the Command Prompt

3). Executed a number of commands that would normally fix the MBR and other boot related issues, notice after both the bootrec.exe /fixmbr & the bootrec.exe /fixboot commands reported "...completed successfully"! Then I issued the bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd command and Windows 7 promptly informed me that it couldn't find any Windows installations...

4). I then considered the possibility that the wrong partition may be set active on the disk, so I tried swapping the Active partitions around (and once this didn't achieve anything I switched back!)

Having had no success with the Recovery options I physically removed the hard disk and connected it to a docking bay -

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A:Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose important data!!!

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Hi Everyone,

A friend of mine experienced a BSOD crash on their Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately I was not in a position to see the exact message that was presented, however in my experience this doesn't always make a great deal of difference. After offering to fix my friend's computer I quickly discovered that one of the installed RAM sticks is faulty. I replaced both RAM sticks, and tested - all is fine on the RAM front. However the hard drive also appears to be corrupt. Windows 7 will not boot, and I have tried the following to rectify the situation:

1). Booted into Windows Recovery (using the W7 installation disk)

2). Windows didn't detect an Operating System install, so I made my way to the Command Prompt

3). Executed a number of commands that would normally fix the MBR and other boot related issues, notice after both the bootrec.exe /fixmbr & the bootrec.exe /fixboot commands reported "...completed successfully"! Then I issued the bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd command and Windows 7 promptly informed me that it couldn't find any Windows installations...

4). I then considered the possibility that the wrong partition may be set active on the disk, so I tried swapping the Active partitions around (and once this didn't achieve anything I switched back!)

Having had no success with the Recovery options I physically removed the hard disk and connected it to a docking bay -

*** Whilst the docking bay is connected to Windows 7 (64 bit... Read more

A:Windows 7 won't boot, trying to recover MBR! Don't want to lose important data!!!

how many hard drives are there?

Are any of them mechanical and are any of them solid state drives?

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I'll try to explain what happened as quickly and clearly as possible. I have had a lot of problems with my cpu overheating (the room its in can get very hot), and when it shut down for the last time it wouldnt boot anymore, no error beeps but lights and fans would turn on. then the fans in the PSU stopped working and shortly afterwards it blew up. computer specs at the time were:-
PSU: Codegen 550w
m/b: abit nf7-s m/b (not sure of bios version)
cpu: amd xp2800
ram: 2 x corsair PC3200 512mb
Video: MSI Geforce Ti4200 128mb
HDD's: 1x120gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3120026A), 1x200gb Seagate Baracuda (ST3200822A), and 1x200gb Western Digital Caviar (WD2000JB - 00FUA0)

after replacing the PSU, and testing each piece of hardware, it was determined that the m/b was faulty as CPU RAM and everything else worked on other computers. replaced that and got an Asus A7N8X-X. Computer worked again, however, the Western Digital HDD started reported errors and chkdsk tried to fix them however it would hang. I would skip that and get into windows and it kept momentarily freezing, and whenever accessing files on that HDD it would pause all the time, but files like mp3's and movie files still played. tried running norton disk doctor but that froze on me. and then windows stopped booting. The HDD would then start making bad clicking sounds like it was jammed or scratching or something, and sometimes it would show up in the bios but most of the time it would just freeze. an... Read more

A:200gb hdd makes clicking noises and doesnt boot, need to recover data if possible

Whoa, Whoa! Back up a bit!
You have a very plenty hard drive space, why three hard disk, you would only need two or one! the clicking and whining from hard drive is normal <especially from Western Digital Caviar Hard disks> here some suggestion... start with one of hard disk that boot OS, place it in master with IDE1. put ST3200822A in slave along IDE1. put your optical drive (cdrom/rw/dvdrom/rw) in master along IDE2. Add WD2000JB in slave along IDE2.

Consider to purchase low profile high perfomance copper heatsink for your amd xp +2800. if it wont work, pull either one of 200gb hard disk and store it for later use.


P.S. it has nothing to do with your ram. you would need to update with os. Sound like you have hdd detection problem. I think you are in windows 98se. go to microsoft.com and type the search box = kb263044. download it and you are good to go.

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Hey there,

Basically, I get that message "AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI!" then it just hangs there no matter how long I leave it.

I've been reading this post as it's the only thing I could find on the net about my problem.


Unfortunately some smartypants decided to close the thread (or set automatic thread closing) so no reply notifications can go directly to the people originally dealing with the problem, leaving us with no choice but to have a duplicate thread and a restart on the expertise involved in solving it :wtf:

So here it goes.
I appreciate any time you put in to helping me here. Also, it is quite urgent as I'm the lead modeller on Cypherium and am falling behind schedule.. so if you want to play it sooner you'l help me get this working faster

What's changed since the last successful boot:

Windows Firewall enabled.

Powerquest Partition Magic and their Diskkeeper software that comes with it: PM said it has compatibility issues, opened it but did nothing with it.
Diskkeeper wanted to just back up my system to a floppy drive.. Don't have a floppy drive. Closed it.
About 10 hours later it was still working perfectly, I turned off the computer and went to sleep.

Hardware has not changed at all.

Other recent history:

Installed several programs of the Adobe CS5 Creative Suite.
Had a major virus outbreak on another computer using AV... Read more

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I Have A Windows Xp System. It Is A Desktop (gateway). Yesterday My Computer Crashed, And It Wont Load Windows At All. It Comes To The Black Screen With The Options Off Booting Windows Normally, Last Known Config, Safe Mode And The Others. I Cant Boot Windows In Any Of These Config's. I Have Everything For School, My Bills, My Music And Pictures. I Need To Back Up All Of My Data But I Cant Get Into Windows At All. Is There Anyone Out There With Suggestions To Help Me With This. That Data Is Very Important And I Need All Of It!


The Newbie

A:Windows Wont Boot Up And I Need All Of My Data

Welcome to TSG....

Well, since you did not have the system (Computer) backed up outside of spending a bunch of bucks (Money) on a data recovery service the only way you can do this is to remove the existing hard drive(s) from this computer and install them one at a time (if you have more than one hard drive) into another computer on the secondary IDE cable as a slave drive and when windows sees the drive then you can use a file manager like windows explorer, total commander or other that you prefer to manually search all of the important data and copy it to the hard drive that is in the computer, then when you are sure you have it all you can use a burner program to burn the data to a DVD or other media that your prefer.

Also you will need the recovery disk software for this computer so if you do not have that either then you will have to contact the manufacturer of the computer and order the proper software.

I have already been thru this procedure a whole bunch of times and understand what you are going thru. Remember to backup your data in the future with a good imaging program like acronis true image http://www.acronis.com

You will never be happier then,


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Well like alot of people I made the mistake of selecting safeboot in the boot.ini file in the msconfig file after my comp got a virus and would not boot into safemode. The hard drive is in two partitions: the C drive used to contain windows, and the D drive which has the data i am trying to save.

I don't have a Windows XP disc because it was already on the comp when i bought it. I have attempted to restore the windows files with Bart PE bootup image disc but it wiped out Windows XP completely from the C drive in the process, but the Data drive is still showing up with all its files intact. So i purchased a usb external hard drive and then tried to use Bart PE to backup the data but it would stop right in the middle of the backup.

Is there a easier way to just drag all my data files right to my external drive? I am really trying to get these files back.
Thank you in advance

A:XP will not boot - Can I back up my data to a external drive? Please help!

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Well like alot of people I made the mistake of selecting safeboot in the boot.ini file in the msconfig file after my comp got a virus and would not boot into safemode. The hard drive is in two partitions: the C drive used to contain windows, and the D drive which has the data i am trying to save.

I don't have a Windows XP disc because it was already on the comp when i bought it. I have attempted to restore the windows files with Bart PE bootup image disc but it wiped out Windows XP completely from the C drive in the process, but the Data drive is still showing up with all its files intact. So i purchased a external hard drive and then tried to use Bart PE to backup the data but it would stop right in the middle of the backup.

Is there a easier way to just drag all my data files right to my external drive? I am really trying to get these files back.
Thank you in advance

A:XP will not boot - Can I back up my data to a external drive?

You say it stopped right in the middle of copying. Did you get an error message of any sort? How long did you wait? It could have been a particularly large file and it just appeared to freeze.Some other thoughts Depending on the external HDD, they are notorious for over heating problems. Perhaps this was your problem.A copying ALTERNATIVE that I have used with great success. Not blazing fast but I have found it to be very reliable.

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Hi everyone.

I recentley bought a laptop from dell (inspiron 1720) and have had it 3 months or so now.

This weekend i had a blue screen appear and it then rebooted itself - now it wont boot the OS... it just freezes or does a chkdisk... restarts... then freezes again. it wont let me re-install windows. and a repair does not help.
safe mode... freezes

ive found that parts of the HDD is corrupt through running a diagnostics -

what i want to know is, is their a CD with a VISTA OS on it i can run so i can recover what data i can from my HDD. or is it possible to use a CD with any OS system on it to boot from and then recover data? (i have an usb external hdd to store on)

alternativley what other ways can i attempt to restore my data

Thanks in advanced.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 already on its second hard drive due to troubles with Windows.
When I boot the computer, the final result is a black screen with a white cursore that moves when I move the mouse. I get the same result in Safe Mode. I have tried using the Dell Windows reinstall/recovery disc and have not had luck so far. I even installed a second version of Windows, but I still need to get the data files somehow and I don't know how. Today I purchased and downloaded Acronis True Image 2010 Home, but honestly don't know what to do with it! I downloaded to a CD, but don't know what to do next. Ideally I would like to repair my original install of Windows XP. If not possible, I would like help getting the data files. I have read many threads about setting up the HD as a slave on another computer, but no instructions about what this means or how to do it. I own an external drive that I just took out of the package today, but again don't know where to begin with it. HELP?

A:Windows XP won't boot, need to get data files to external hard drive via USB

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Plz Help!!

I deleted a few files like a year ago.. i placed them in the program files of other software in C: . Eventually when i uninstalled that software the folder was gone. Is it possible to recover it in anyway??

A:Recover deleted file without recovery softwares in windows7

A year ago is a very long time. Most likely Windows has long since over written that area of the disk to a point that anything that you would get would be very incomplete and unuseable.

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Got an external hard drive. Never used it much. Last time i used it it was ok. Powered it up and plugged it in and it wouldnt boot up. Tried it on a couple of systems as well. Any advice?

A:External Hard Drive wont boot up!

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P8P67 EVO mobo will not allow me to boot into bios with my external hd connected. The computer will keep reseting itself, trying to boot the external hdd. I can only set the internal hd as 1st priority boot when the external is not in. Therefor I cant change the priority of the external. Stuck ><

A:Wont boot into bios with external HDD connected

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my laptop will not boot without being plugged into the wall...

here is what happens.
Booting from battery: loads fine up to windows xp loading screen then freezes..

booting plugged into wall: Goes absolutely fine

also the laptop will run off the battery AFTER being booted up with the wall socket...
can anyone help??

A:Laptop wont boot without external power

Logically the ability of the battery to sustain the boot-up power drain sounds to be the problem, which indicates that the battery is on the way out.

At Windows boot, the instantateous power drain is probably at its peak, hence it runs OK after its booted if its the battery unable to deliver the power in that amperage.

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I have an Acer Revo and installed my free Windows 7 upgrade disc one week ago with an external DVD drive. The install went swimmingly and no problems were apparent.

I removed my Samsung external DVD drive when finished and all was well. However, when I turned on the Revo the next day, Windows 7 would only get as far as the splash screen and then hung with a blank screen.

If I space bar, the cursor works, I get a blue windows screen (at a diff aspect ratio to the screen) and right click works which gives me some options (but nothing that allows me to kick start the process). There are no user options and no desktop items. I have checked that view is set correctly etc.

I have tried Ctrl Alt Del which just kills the blue screen and mouse/cursor movement.

My only option at this point is to hard shutdown.

HOWEVER, if I plug in the external DVD drive, it will boot normally and work fine.

I have entered te BIOS and changed the order of boot, to no avail.

It will also revert to this dormant screen if it goes into sleep mode.

My work around has been to set sleep to NEVER and keep the external plugged in, but that defeats the object of buying the REVO.

I have searched the internet for a solution, but so far, no luck.

I tried updating the NVIDIA driver but that would not install properly.

Any ideas anyone? Please???

A:Windows 7 wont boot without external DVD drive attached

*Have you thought of disabling the drive in the BIOS?

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I got a external hard drive, it means it has a individual Recycle Bin in F: Drive, separate it with the Recycle Bin of the computer in C: Drive.

But my computer was installed with Windows 7 again after a reparation, and now has a new unique identifier called Security ID or SID. for example: S-1-5-21-3225745820-1949245524-1067675123-1000

When I plugin the external drive the Recycle Bin looks empty, but the hard drive has the same space in megas used in the disk.

And now the Recycle Bin folder located in the external hard drive which is linked to my previous SID number of Windows 7, is hidden. In "Folder Options" I unhide the protected files and i found the previous Recycle Bin folder with the SID number
in it, but the names of the files has changed like $I0UFUJO, $I0U9PNS, $I1I2OMR, etc. and the original path file when was erased has dissapear.

Please, let me know how to recover my previous Recycle Bin files with their original names and path location before was deleted, because I need to get some of those files and in their original location and delete the others to free space from the disk. I am
using a Virtual Machine for doing that, just in case. Thanks.


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I just restarted my PC and i kept getting erros regarding hardware, at first it would just hold at updating dmi pool , after i reset the bios to fail safe defaults it would then give me the I/O error. I noticed my external drive was turned off and I turned it on and windows booted fine. Is there a connection here i can disable?

Windows is installed on my SSD drive not my external.


A:Windows 7 wont boot without external hard drive turned on?

Try starting your PC with external HD unpluged.

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I have an Asus M5 A97 that boots and does everything fine as long as I don't have an external drive attached to it. (It will work with little USB drives in but, not not the WD 1.5 TB).

I read another thread on this forum that suggested it was a case problem. Unfortunately the discussion had no conclusion/resolution so I don't know how the problem was resolved or if it was resolved. And normal Google searches were unhelpful. Asus' self guided diagnostic was not helpful either.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this.

System boots to the point of entering the BIOS. So I get a screen that instructs me to push "delete Key" to enter BIOS and it doesn't work. The machine just hangs there. Unhook the external and no problem.

Thanks for your consideration

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 8138 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6670, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 123789 MB, Free - 9969 MB; D: Total - 179852 MB, Free - 76351 MB; G: Total - 1021005 MB, Free - 157867 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A97
Antivirus: avast! Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Asus M5 A97 wont boot with external hard drive attached

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The other day I updated my laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 17R running Windows 7 home premium, when I updated the computer booted ok took longer than usual, I restarted the laptop but this time it wouldn't boot up, it came up with a black screen saying repair windows(recommended) or start windows normally, I clicked repair windows it said searching for problems, attempting repairs this took about an hour and a half but unfortunately did not resolve the issue I sent the error report to windows, I restarted the laptop again,  attempted booting it in safe mode no luck and the same other various options I can try but no luck they all just crashed the laptop and began restarting it,  tried repairing it again and this time it took my to a screen with various options like load backup open cmd and format my hard drive, loading the backup did nothing and  wasn't sure what to do with cmd so decided to part ways with my stuff and format the hard drive, I did this and the laptop was formatted but the OS was still on the hard drive and it was like the first time I opened it all of my personal things were gone but win 7 home premium was still there, I set it back up again installed AVG anti virus etc downloaded a few movies ran fine the next day it said windows updates need installing so, I  did , 145 updates were made  turned my laptop back on and again it was booting up and crashing followed the steps I mentioned before noting was working after messing around wit... Read more

A:Computer wont boot, wont boot in safe mode, wont load repair centre

Hello there,
It seems like you did not perform a clean installation of Windows and that's why your system is acting up. 
Follow the steps below to install a new copy of Windows:
1. To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation you will need to start or boot your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive. Insert your Windows 7 disc in your CD/DVD drive. Please note: will need to restart or turn on your system with the disc in the drive. 
2. After turning on your system with the CD in the drive go ahead and press any key when prompted during your computer post routine and then follow the instructions presented on screen. If you don’t see this go back to step 1 to setup your BIOS to boot from CD or USB flash drive depending on your installation media.
3. On the Install Windows page simply enter your preferences and click next.
4. Accept the Windows license agreement.
5. On the “Which type of installation do you want” page go ahead and choose the “Custom” option.
6. Select Drive options (advanced) on the “Where do you want to install Windows” page.
7.  Select the partition that you want to change, choose the formatting option you want to perform and then follow the instructions.
When allocating space choosing the default MB size for your drive is typically the best for most users since you want to take full advantage of all your disk... Read more

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