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Q: Computer won't boot after data recovery

So, this is a long one.
Grandma has two HDDs, one with a win10 install (Borked, long story.) and one with a win7 install. We took the computer to Geek Squad as the win7 instance was BSODing with an error that I couldn't figure out. Sounds great, right? They couldn't figure it out either, so we took the box back home, hooked it up, and...it boots into Geek Squad's analysis software. Okay then. Turns out, they left their disk in the DVD drive of the box by accident. I decided to run a SMART scan, which turned up 500 bad sectors on the win10 disk, and ~5-10 on the win7 disk. <PanicTime> So, 2 new HDDs ordered, and professional data recovery slated for the win10 instance, but in the meantime, I used ddrescue to transfer all the data from the win7 drive to a new drive. However, when I put this new drive in the box and booted, it did not go into win7, a BSOD, or even a windows recovery screen. It merely sat blinking a "_". I tried using a win7 install disk in recovery mode, but for some reason that says that there is no OS on the new win7 drive, and when I tried using Advanced System Options to get into recovery/repair mode, that option was not on the list. What can I do to hopefully fix this win7 instance? Even getting it back to the partially booting then BSODing state that we took it to Geek Squad in would be fine at this point. Thank you in advance for your help! :D

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Preferred Solution: Computer won't boot after data recovery

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.)


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I am a Data Recovery technician and a machine was recently brought to me that I am stuck on. This is a machine that was configured for backups, but the backups were not being performed correctly, and the important data is within a SQL DB so it is imperative that I get this machine booting again.
The machine is a Dell XP Home machine, when it first came to me it would not boot with a 'HAL.DLL is missing' error. The HDD was failing pretty fantastically but recovery was possible. Standard DR techniques allowed us to get a great amount of the data back, but about 10K LBA's had to be read without error correction, a process that reads about 10 times and then writes the average of these reads to the destination disk. After DR, I ran CHKDSK on the drive, which (as expected) had a lot of errors to fix. This is where things got interesting. The system still would not boot with a 'HAL.DLL is missing', upon further inspection the *entirety* of the system32 folder, the main User folder, the entire Registry, along with some miscellaneous other folders were relocated to the FOUND.000 folder after CHKDSK. It is a reasonable assumption that much of the system32 folder was corrupted, and through trial and error on Boot BSODS, and restoring individual system files through recovery console/WinPE, was able to get the splash screen back.
Using REGEDIT PE, I am able to mount every registry hive except for SOFTWARE and DEFAULT, and both the SOFTWARE and DEFAULT hives in the %systemroo... Read more

A:XP Boot Issues After Data Recovery

Have a look here
Refer to the section titled More information
If you have a Linus disk laying around you can cut the process time in half,
using copy/paste delete rename etc.
Best of luck and please, Keep BC posted

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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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Hi Guys, Bit of a problem... please help.

On turning on my desktop the other day, a message came up stating a system32 file was corrupt of damaged. I tried the ol' switching off and on cure all, and nothing. started getting to the windows XP screen then going blank.

Problem:- I have some really important stuff on the hard drive which I thought "i'll leave it till after Christmas to back up".

Can someone please let me know what options I have to recover the data from the hard drive, as I'm not sure I want to try a system repair without the data safe.

I don't have the details of the computer as it was bought pre built, and I didn't ever think to find out what was in it.... sorry. but it is running XP home

Cheers in advance

A:XP boot up problem data recovery needed

Do you have a friend that has a computer that you could connect your drive to? You will have to remove the drive from your computer, remember to remove all connections to your computer, most importantly the power cable! Then determine whether it is an EIDE or SATA drive. You can determine this by the connectors on the drive, if it is connecteed by a large ribbon type connector then it is an EIDE drive if it a much smaller cable, then it is a SATA drive. if it is a SATA drive then simply use the cable to connect it to another computer (as long as this computer has SATA, most newwer computer have them). If it is an EIDE then you will have to change the jumper on the drive to make it a slave. Once connected the computer should see the drive you have connected and you should be able to get at your data to back it up.

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I used fixboot and change the partition to FAT12 by accident. I'm trying to switch this back. I've tried Partition Table Doctor, R-Studio, and i'm trying TestDisk right now. Anyone have advice. If I can't fix it I need good data recovery software. Can anyone recommend any? Freeware of course.

A:Fix partition boot sector/data recovery

Here are some ideas: http://www.partition-tool.com/resour...ile-system.htm

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I hope that someone can help me I had restarted my computer which is HP Pavilion Elite m9150f, and I got this message on my screen as the computer started to boot up. It says "Recovery The boot configuration data file is missing some required information. File:\Boot\BCD error code: 0xc000000d You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media like a disk or a USB Drive, check your PC administrator or PC/device manufacture." I do not have a recovery disk is it possible to get one from hP customer support? Anyones help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

A:Recovery The boot configuration data file is missing

Assuming either Vista or Windows 7, then THIS THREAD has the typical answer.  Of course you need a real install disk for Vista or Windows 7 or a repair disk.  You can borrow an install disk from someone and boot to the disk and pick repair instead of install.  As long as you do not try the install it will be fine.  Read the link. HP does not provide a disk, so that is your choice to find one.  Like I said, you can borrow one.

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Today when I restarted my computer, the boot screen indicated that the Windows file 32 was missing or corrupt.

I used my recovery CD to "repair" the issue, and the warning indicated that no data would be erased. Well, that is partially true - folders on my C: drive are intact, as are all programs but...MS Office and my User settings (bookmarks, etc. but most importantly my Outlook pst file which contains 6 years of data!). It appears the User folder with my name is gone.

I knew something was wrong when the PC booted after the repair, and asked me to customize settings as if the PC were brand-new.

Any advice is most appreciated on how to recover my settings and e-mail data in Outlook and Outlook Express. I am running WinXP Media Center edition. Thank you.

A:Windows XP Boot/Recovery Error - Data Missing

Hello KCN77

What do you mean by a "Recovery" CD? Was is a proper XP installation CD?

Try looking in C:\Documents and Settings. Check out everything there.

Try searching for
****.pst and see if anything is found


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I am just try to figure out some thing which works best out of these two. As recently have gone through a recovery company Stellar Data Recovery http://www.stellarinfo.co.in/company/company.php . And after surveying i found companies proving software also.
The services paid more isnt it?  but the recovery is maximum. what you think?

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I just got a new Windows 8.1 PC and it works fine. As a recovery precaution I made a Windows 8.1 recovery disk on a brand new PNY USB 2.0 flash thumb drive (32GB drive) using the Windows 8.1 Control Panel Advanced Recovery tools "Create a Recovery drive" selection. I also indicated to copy the recovery partition from the PC when making this (but I don't delete this partition on the PC). So I thought I would test this recovery drive to see if I can boot from it. I insert the USB flash drive into a USB 2.0 port on the PC and restart the PC. I hit F12 during the PC boot process and select this disk as the temporary boot disk and hit return. The PC then gives me an error message screen basically saying
"Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer." If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors."

So I'm a little confused as to why the successfully just created recovery drive is giving me this error. I'll try another USB thumb drive to see if that makes a difference but I'm guessing it won't so thought I'd ask about this... Read more

A:Just created Windows 8.1 recovery disk (usb) gives Boot config data error

You are going to have to make the thumb drive bootable BEFORE you add any files to it... Try using these instructions:

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My problem is this, I am a student at Heald college working on my Network Systems Admin degree. The Church I attend doesn't have a full time IT guy, just one of the guys who more like a hobbiest. The problem is, that their main computer stopped booting into XP. Once it got to splash screen it would freeze up, even in safemode. They called me, because I have helped some of the single moms at church upgrade their computers.

I find out the partition table is either corrupt or data is damaged, my best guess. So I take the drive, hook it to my own, move over all the important file and burn to DVD, so I thought. Take it back and do a reinstall hoping to get it up and running. That really didn't work. In the All users folders there are two folders I can't get access to Financial and the Teresa, Access Denied. Thinking I had everthing on DVD backed up I just format the HDD and do fresh install. The guy who set up their network finishes up. two days later Oct 2 I get a call saying those two folder are not on the DVD Financial and Teresa and they contain all of the church's financial info.

Is it possible to recover that DATA that was formatted over or are they basically screwed? I will be there tonight trying to use a recovery program, but I really could use use some serious help.

Sorry for the long post, wanted to make sure that you had the full story.

A:Data Recovery for our Church computer

yeah you can. go and download Get Data Back for NTFS/FAT32 depending on the file system. I formated my harddrive a while back and forgot to move some stuff off of it. It recovered it all. The only problem with that program is you have to licence it to save the files again. Otherwise i believe its the best available for download. Get it here

Just went there, they got some other cool stuff... :grinthumb

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My niece apparently fell victim to a fake AV program on March 28, since the that's the date her calendar was stuck on and all directory entries end on that date. I believe that she then was hoodwinked into using the fake data recovery program. Unfortunately, she failed to mention the problem until this Monday, so I'm way behind on trying to fix it. I managed to clear up a few things by using Ad-aware, Spybot S&D and Housecall before running HijackThis. All of those programs were utilized by downloading them onto a DVD onto my laptop and running them from the DVD, which then was completely wiped clean by her computer. While I haven't yet tried this procedure to run the other programs listed in Read This First, I have a preliminary question:
As I shut down her computer for the last time, I noted that her D: directory is called "Data" and is almost full, apparently with gaming stuff. Do I need to do a separate repeat of all the programs on that drive?

​Thanks for any answer you could provide to the above question while I'm downloading and, I hope, running the other programs.

A:Computer trashed by S.M.A.R.T. Data Recovery

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hi friends how to data recovery if computer won't start

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windows 7-64-bit Computer cpu &Everthing 64-bit ( and 32-Bit Format have's got) 950 GB HDD Sata  
 On the last computer,  Backup $MFT tar.gz type,Backup $MFT Gzip type,Backup $MFT zip type,Backup $MFT ?so type,Backup $MFT Rar type,Backup $MFT 7-Zip Type,....And Fat32 data recover& warning "Not Enough Disk Space low Memory" PartedMagicLiveCd
Boot(Ubuntu Boot)  Latest computer, broke before's
Wipe HDD No Registry Change,,7-Zip,HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, Zip Commands,Multimedia Formats ,ActiveXplugin and Negative Cleaner ActiveXplugin And Won't Boot Computer,,...  And Windows Application Data Recovery(Because Other's Ubuntu Application Data Recovery
Testdisk&PhotoRec)  Windows TestDisk&PhotoRec    Warning "Not Enough Disk Space  

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The computer I have been using for 4 1/2 years (an E-Machines running XP) has finally died. Not sure what happened, but I can't even get it to turn on. It's as dead as dead can be.

Being the not-so-bright computer guy that I am, I haven't done a back-up in ages, and I have a lot of valuable info/files/music on the hard drive. My brother had said that I can "store" my files on his computer until I get a new one.

One problem; I can't get anything off the hard drive if it doesn't come on, right? Or is there a way of pulling info off the HD even when a computer is powered down, so to speak?

Any info, links, suggestions, and/or whatever elese would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.


A:Computer completely dead. Data recovery possible??

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I have an asus altec computer running windows 7 home. I have unhidden the files so I can use it a little. I need to try and get this off my laptop so i can use it again. It pops up and says my computer is malfunctioning running a fake system scan wanting my to buy software to fix it. it takes me to data-recovery.com to buy it. I downloaded spybot to try an fix it but it will not work. Then i found this forum. Please help!!! I need this laptop for work.

A:Data-recovery.com spyware on my computer Win7

Hello and welcome.Please follow our Removal Guide here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-data-recovery .After reading how the malware is misleading you ...You will move to the Automated Removal InstructionsAfter you completed that, post your scan log here,let me know how things are.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.

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I have 2 problems, mine is recovering data from a DVD-R & a friend is looking for my help in recovering data from a "corrupted" Flash Drive.

I was burning data on a DVD-R multiple sessions disk when my Burner crapped out while using Nero. I now have a new Burner & when I go back into this disk I can only read data from my 1st session when I compare the #s from Nero's disk info tool, however it also shows that session 5 is still open?? but I cannot read anything from sessions 2, 3 & 4. Looking around I spotted CD Recovery Tool Box Free 1.1.7 is there anything more recent and or better that would let me try to recover the data on this disk. The data in session 5 is still on my HD but I would like to be able to recover the data in the other sessions, worst possible case even just the file names would be a small plus.

Now for the Flash Drive. It is a Lexar 8 Gig & what supposedly happened is that Peter lent it to a fellow employee so he could extract some data (probably a mistake). When he got it back a few minutes later & tried to use it all he got was a message that it was corrupted. As it has all of his product codes, phone numbers & personal sales data for the last year he is really desperate to try & recover the data. He does not have a computer of his own, so he has no backup (another bad idea). He has gotten a new Flash Drive a Sony 8 Gig, but I have told him that he better go out & get a 2nd one to use as a back... Read more

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Hi everyone..

My external USb Wd mybook box has 1 tb Seagate Sata 3 and i use original Wd disc as W7 installed... in My PC Case as sata II

Today my old problem appears again as Corrupted disc...
I have Get Data Back NTFS (and i used before plenty of times for recovery, loss data or unwanted deletions) but..

This time im stuck.. Becouse the disk i try to recover includes 870 gb (about) used disk space (only audio files) only 50gb (about) empty space... Thats too big for me to recover to other disks.. i don't have enough spaces that my other disks can handle..

I have about 300 gb FREE disk space in several disks or partitions include My thinkpad SL510 Notebook..
So my question is
wit keeping my lost data in corrupted disk first, can i take them slowly to this 300 gb spaces (i know i can) and after create somehow emty space (deleting those recovered 300 gb + 50 on corrupted disk) and
use that empty space for more recovery. ???? Or smilar solutions.. Becouse DISC PRICES IS HEAVY nowadays and really i'm out of budget with buying some
equipments upgrades..
Like creating slowly slowly some extra spaces (don't know how)

I know i look silly in situation becouse i know u should never write to same disc if you dont want to say goodbye to your files..

E-how happened (not necessary to read these part)

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A:Data recovery problem, Can reach corrupted data but no external space.


Before you write more data or attempt to read data from the drive through Windows, I would suggest using a Live CD like SysRescueCD to boot from and access the HDD.

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Can i recover my data after full format the hard disk on windows 7?

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Yoga 2 11 (Lenovo) Serial Number: YB******** Machine Type Model: 80CX59445810
Motherboard crashed and I need to get the data off the hard drive.  However, Lenovo apparently uses some proprietary connection that no repair service can connect to.  It does not just plug into normal hard drive interface devices.  How can I get all of my data from this hard drive??
Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.

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Dear Friends.
Hope this finds you well!
I'm not certain this is in the best forum, but it is a Windows 7 computer
I was trying to do another sets of DVD's from existing MP4 files from a SanDisk Ultra 32GB card. These would then be used with DVD Flick and ImgBurn to make the DVD's. The first(2) DVD's worked well but somehow a few of the files were not copied entirely. So, I was redoing these again to make certain I had ALL the files for the next (2) DVD's.
These are files my older brother entrusted to me for me to convert them to a DVD format. They are files of his daughters nearly entire basketball season [frames] of about 70 files and were sentimental to him and his daughter.
I feel personally responsible to correct this if it is at all possible!? It could get ugly
It was an honest error on my part as I mistakenly deleted what was titled Video 100 on the SanDisk which contained all these MP4 files. I didn't realize I was removing them from the SanDisk. I'm hoping there is a free date recovery app I could use for this one application so that an expensive license would not be required!?
Thank You in advance for your care, compassion and cooperation. I'm stuck in the mud...
Very Truly Yours,
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3983 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Ch... Read more

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i have a scSi disk 36.4GB, i lost information from it and tried to recover with other recovery softwares to no avail finally i got winhex & got the professional licence.

i can now be able to see all the information on the 1 whole NTFS partition, but the problem is that i can't be able to recover it.
when ever i open the logical drive i can see all the information and most of the information is stack up in a "free space" which is around 33gb which i can be able to see has all the information that i need.
i have tried to recover the free space but its only copied to the location that i specify and no recoveries are made.
recovering the files by type/ name has bore no fruits.

a freind told me i have to curve out that area and use data extractors to get the information out of that area (freee space).

the information in that drive are sql data bases and zip files. whats the header for sql.

what techniques do i use to curve out that space and be abele to extract the information, for i can even read the information in text format.

which are the data extractors available in the market

kindly assist its quite urgent i get this information out

A:data extractors / sql header [Hard Drive data recovery]

I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

Since it involves data recovery from a hard drive I'm going to move it to Hardware, I think "all other software" is not likely to have anyone with this type of experience.

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Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which
one would you choose or which one did you choose? I want to purchase a serious data recovery program for personal business use.

A:Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which

you can try the trial of both products which give you a taste of what the programme is like  

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Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which
one would you choose or which one did you choose? I want to purchase a serious data recovery program for personal business use.

A:Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which


Both are good programs and i would recommend purchasing both ( if you can afford ). Both has it's own pros and cons.
"GetDataBack" is good at virtual reconstruction of damage/unrecognizable file systems but i personally found it weak at recovering image files. It recovers images but most of them seems to be corrupted in my testings. Also you need to purchase seperate versions for FAT and NTFS ( GetDataBack simple is garbage ).

On the other hand, "Power data Recovery" works with both FAT and NTFS and it is better at recovering image files. Another proven tools is "R-Studio" which has quiet good reputation among DR professionals. It's user interface is not newbie friendly but has lot's of options which no other tools offers.

Data Recovery from an External Disk with a Damaged File System

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I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files)

I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this, but I currently don't have the money. Or a very cheap method, if nothing else.

It's ironic that today was the day I was going to back up this drive.

Please help!

A:External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

"How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK ? Raymond.CC Blog"
How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK

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I get a message that Windows failed.
Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

It instructs me to insert the windows installation disc, restart, and run "repair your computer".  However, I did not receive an installation disc, only a utilities disk (which does not boot)
What do I do now?

A:Inspiron M5030 recovery boot issue. Recovery disk does full restore and starts Win7, which operates fine. But on restart, windows will not boot.

1. Reseat the hard disk drives, reseat the controller and monitor. 2. Perform chkdsk /r on the RAID volume. 3. Run diagnostics on the hard disk drives and controller and replace as necessary.
Additional Information:
Event ID 1001 is logged in the System event log. Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting Date: 12.08.2013 11:23:04 Event ID: 1001 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: server.domain.com Description: The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xfffffa800644ab30, 0xfffffa800644ae10, 0xfffff80001be07b0). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 031214-68266-01 Review of the memory dump files using Debugging Tools for Windows will result in output similar to the following.BugCheck 7A, {fffff6fc40040128, ffffffffc000000e, 6454cbe0, fffff88008025000} Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+36c1a ) Debugging Details: ------------------ ERROR_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc000000e - A device which does not exist was specified. DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardwareBugCheck F4, {3, fffffa8006332b30, fffffa8006332e10, fffff80001b8e7b0} ----- ETW minidump data unavailable----- Probably caused by : csrss.exe CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION (f4)
Look below for more details
Source : www.dell.com/.../EN

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Hi, I have no idea what happened to my computer but when i tried restarting it, it would show that screen where you see the microsoft logo with the loading bar, then it'd just restart back to the main menu.

I have no idea what is wrong and I think I'll just have to reinstall my vista, however i do have a lot of important files :(.

Since i have an acer aspire m3201 i didnt get the CDs with the PC, but i can press alt and F10 at bootup which will allow me to start Acer eRecovery Managment that'll allow me to basically reinstall vista.

However before i proceed with that task is there any way i can run chkdsk /f without actually booting up windows completely? or somehow get some files off the C drive? without actually connecting it to a different pc

I can't even start in safemode.

I really hope you guys can help me out, thanks for your time

A:Computer will not boot up [Sys recovery]

does the erecovery give an option for startup repair. If so, give that a try. or if you have a win7 disk no matter the version, you can try a startup repair using it.

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I have been trying hard to format my hard drive and start from scratch but I cannot boot from my XP home SP2 cd or my slip-streamed? SP3 cd.

What happens is I restart my computer and when it checks for CDs to boot from it brings up the message "press any key to boot from CD...". So I press any key, tried multiple times and it acts like I am not hitting any keys, it ends up continuing on to the regular windows start up like nothing happened.

Both of these cd's work on my other computer and my friends computer so I know the cd is not to blame.
My computer is set to boot from CD first in the BIOS and I am able to boot from my norton ghost boot cd.
My usb wireless keyboard works to get into the bios set up so I do not think the keyboard is the issue either.

I cannot understand why my computer won't let me boot from the XP recovery CD. Does anyone have any ideas? I just want to format and reinstall the same windows XP home edition with my Windows XP home ed. recovery CD!!


A:computer won't boot from XP recovery CD

Hi blarue, welcome to TSF.

I know you think the wireless usb keyboard is not to blame, but please try a PS2 keyboard to rule it out.

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First of all, please let me say hi, because I?m new to this forum. My name is Markus, I am from Austria (Europe), interested in trains, computers (mostly programming) and music (I play the drums). I?m a member of the Open Rails Development Team and an administrator at Elvas Tower Railfan Forums.

Secondly, let me go medias in res

I have recently acquired a new laptop computer (Toshiba Satellite L70-B) to replace my aging Sony Vaio rig. However, this new computer came with Win8.1 pre-installed, which I personally actually have come to like very soon - but which won?t run many of the programs I use daily (of note is Microsoft Train Simulator and many of its supporting utilities and programs, which do not run on Win8+AMD Graphics card setup - Win8+NVidia is said to be fine though - anyway).

Because of this problem, I have made this computer dual-bootable with an HDD partition layout as follows:

#1 - Primary Partition - 100MB - NTFS - "System Reserved" - System, Active
#2 - Primary Partition -- 50GB - NTFS - "Windows 7 Professional"
#3 - Primary Partition -- 50GB - NTFS - "Windows 8.1"
#4 - Primary Partition - 831GB - NTFS - "Data"
However, as I?m likely going to use both OSes to about the same amount, I want to have my data and programs shared and synced between both OSes to the greatest extent possible. I have also already done quite a bit of online research on the topic, but have not yet come to a real conclusi... Read more

A:Multi Boot computer - how to keep data and programs in sync

You can move the active User folders (Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc) that you use from each OS to the same folder on data drive following User Folders - Change Default Location.

However you cannot share programs except in rare cases where they will run from their .exe in the installed Program File, but which I would not do since it is really only correct to fresh install programs to the other OS.

So you'll probably need to expand those OS partitions by at least double the size, which can easily be done using How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help that can borrow space from any other partition even if it's not adjacent.

Another thing to keep in mind is that while you can upgrade either of those OS's to Windows 10 upon its release next month, you can also Clean Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in a third dual boot or to another hard drive or PC to test it now and get a free upgrade from the TP to Windows 10, too.

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(BTW if this is in the wrong forum then please tell me and then move as appropriate. Thanks.)

Yesterday I was trying to put my Packard Bell iMedia 1601 running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 to sleep and I got a blue screen with the following error codes:

STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x835C7A98, 0xC0000102, 0x00000000)

Following that, I could not boot in any mode further than the Microsoft Windows XP loading screen, at which point the same blue screen was displayed.

Today I decided to go ahead with a Packard Bell Partial Recovery, which allows you to retain your data. At first the System Restore (on the first screen) and Partial Recovery (on the second screen) options were greyed out, and then System Restore randomly became available, so I tried that, got an error message, clicked "OK" the first time and closed it the second time and both times it restarted. Then Partial Recovery was suddenly available.

So I went ahead with that and when it came to the screen where it asked me what user I wanted to retain the only option was "No Profile". Thinking that my data would still be in the place the instructions said it would be (C:\documents and settings\[Chosen user name]) I went ahead with "No Profile". The recovery ran and the computer restarted, and Windows started up again as if it was the first time I'd ran the computer. So I created the two user accounts that had previously existed and then logged in with mine. A... Read more

A:Data recovery following Packard Bell partial recovery

clarification - does your documents and settings folder only shows your new accounts?

do you have two window folders? Try a windows search for your old profile folder and see what it comes up with.

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
But I know someone who has recovered all of his data from a formatted drive using ..

I know he tried some others ... but this one worked.

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I have been using a Kingston 1gb data traveler to store work however as I was saving my word document to go home Word 2007 crashed and restarted itself, it did not however bring up any autorecover options. I therefore thought everything was ok and pulled out the USB. When I tried to plug this in again it says 'USB device not recognized' This device may have malfunctioned etc. It then proceeds to install the USB as an unknown device and appear like this in the device manager.

I desperately need to recover this data, I was designing a website and had 25 pages of text on the USB stick.

What I've Tried

Plugging the USB in another machine. This bought up exactly the same error

Downloading a Data Doctor Recovery Pen Drive tool. This however did not recognise a USB as being in the system and thus did not work.

Is there anything I can do to rescue this data?

P.s. I use Vista 32-bit Business.

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Please do not post duplicates. With patience, you should get a reply to your post within 24 hours.

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My computer: HP Pavilion Elite m9040n PC
Windows Vista.

Problem: Hey guys, im just going to get straight into the point of what happened and whats happening:
My friend asked me to put my music on his Ipod, so I plugged his Ipod into my computer, after about 2 minutes of synchronizing my music onto it, my computer blue screened for the first time, I didn't think anything of it, so I finished it. Then my computer started getting blue screens more, so I ran my virus scan, nothing showed up. Then my computer shut down, everytime I start it now, it loads to the HP screen, and wont load any farther, it wont even let me open the boot menu, settings, or system restore. I have recovery disks to fix my computer and everything, it just wont load the disks to reformat my hard drive. I'm pretty sure this is some kind of virus blocking me from accessing anything. Anything I could do to fix this problem so I can fix my computer?

A:Computer will not boot/ run recovery disks

Your PC may not boot from recovery discs if the computer BIOS is not set up to boot from the CD drive as the first boot device.
At the bottom of the HP splash screen at boot up, you should see "press xx for setup" or "setup xx", where xx is the actual key you have to press to get into the BIOS Setup.

Once you are in the BIOS Setup, change the boot sequence so that CD-ROM is the first boot device.
Then "Save & Exit" by pressing F10.

The PC should now boot from the recovery disc.

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I've been trying to get my HP Pavillion Slimline s3220 to work. I used the recovery disks and ran the process but the computer won't come up to the desktop. The message say "Your system has detected a configuration error. Please report this to customer care. etc." The unit is out of warrantee and I'm sure I'll be charged a fee. I tried doing the same procedure again and hoping that would help, but it won't. I am looking for help, but am no computer expert. Thank you.

A:Computer won't boot up on recovery disks

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Hi - My desktop computer - Acer Aspire - Windows Vista crashed during factory restore whilst installing windows so I had to pull the plug on it. - Its had problems with crashing for a while but never thought it would do this!! - Now when I try to restart it it gives me a persistent message that windows failed to install and I should restart and try again. - I have tried this at least half a dozen times and it still gives me the same message. I have tried safe mode but it says you cannot install windows in safe mode, please restart and try again. I have tried doing another factory restore but as windows is not installed, it does not have this option. I have found the back up discs from 2008/2009 but it will not boot from these. It just gives me the same message again.

Any help?? - Please, please please? :'(

A:My Computer Crashed During PC Recovery & Now it Won't Boot Up

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My computer window XP won't boot, and if I'm lucky enough i enter BIOS, but during loading screen it frezzes, but most of the time i turn it on and stays blank. So is it possible to start a recovery manager?

A:Computer won't boot-Recovery Manager

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I have a laptop that will not boot up, It comes up with windows error recovery, and gives the option to launch startup repair. When I select startup repair, it shows a screen that says it is loading files, but then it only loads a black screen with the arrow. I tried booting from a recovery disc made on another windows 7 computer, same results. It will not boot past the black screen. What else can I do? It does not give me the option to boot in safe mode, and the laptop did not come with a windows 7 os disc.

A:Computer will not boot from recovery disc

Check your ram.
Memory Diagnostics Tool
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

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Well, after filling my hard drive I decided it was time to do a full system recovery to factory settings.
I have a Lenovo Desktop running Windows 8, 1TB harddrive and I usually use a Radeon HD 7750 graphics card.

I used the Lenovo OneTouch system recovery, upon clicking it, my computer shut off (I assume it was to reboot in to recovery mode) but when it turned back on, nothing would display, my monitor would only toggle between "Analog/Digital" I tried 8 other monitors, none worked. I tried taking out the battery, didn't work, Tried replacing my graphics card, ram, and cleaned everyhting out, nothing worked. I even tried clearing my CMOS.

After doing all that work, all of a sudden, my computer wouldn't start. I got worried, as this is a 2 month old computer. I moved around some of the things that go over the prongs on the motherboard, like what goes on the CMOS prongs. After that, I got it to turn back on fully, but it still won't display.

Is there any solution? Or am I screwed of 1000 dollars? One person told me I need to just buy a new hard drive and a new OS, and that will work. I wanted to make sure that would work before buying anything else.

I am desperate for a fix, it has been weeks, and I hate using a poopy laptop.


EDIT 1: ALSO, I have been to Target, Staples, Best Buy, Gamestop, various local stores, Walmart, Geek Squad, various computer nerdy friends, family, and many other places. NONE have heard of anything like this, and sa... Read more

A:Computer Won't Boot After Attempting Recovery

if its a 2 month old computer, why wouldn't u take it back where u bought it???
they might even replace it!!!

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On my old desktop with Windows XP pre-installed (Read: I don't have the disks, and anyway the CD-ROM is busted), I had been getting "Operating system not found" and "NTLDR is missing" error messages on boot up, which I researched online and figured out how to fix by using a set of six floppy boot disks to get into the recovery console and then copying "ntldr" and "ntdetect.com".

That worked fine, but it didn't stick. And now when I press "R" to access the recovery console, I get the error message "The path or file specified is not valid" followed by a "C:\>" prompt, and I can't copy the files. Other commands like "chkdsk" and "fixboot" yield similar messages. I found someone with the same problem who decided to run "fixmbr" despite the warnings and was amazed that it worked, but I'm a little leery of trying something so random.

I also tried two other kinds of disks but ran into problems with both:
- An MS-DOS startup disk, which yielded the promising message "Starting…" followed by two "A:\>" prompts, but I didn't know what to do next.

- A Boot disk, which gave me the second error message listed under "Troubleshooting". The problem is, I can't modify the "boot.ini" file to match the computer I'm trying to access because I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like.Finally, I just noticed that if I try booting up wi... Read more

A:No boot up, no recovery console on old computer

Well, it may be easier to take the drive out of the E-Machine and mount it a s a slave in your new computer. This way you can copy the data at your leisure (provided the drive is still good).

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I managed (don't know how)
a, to get my 8100 to fail to boot.
b, try an incorrect restore disc (that created an invalid partition)
c,then enable a hdd password i can't remember or bypass(using DELL)

If that lot doesn't seem unlucky enougth after loosing my mobile i now realise my (lil millenium bug) is the only HD with my childrens pictures on it.

Been diviorced with a real bunny boiler of an x i would be grateful for any asssistance in getting to the stored data...(that can't be replaced)

I aplologise if this thread isn't writen the best but is first forum i've ever visited...

Can anyone offer assistance as i would really like to be able to retrieve the pic's some taken 10yrs ago that can never be reproduced

Thanks in advance (a stupid beginner)......

A:Computer will no longer boot, how to retrieve data off hard drive ?

I'd suggest paying someone to do it professionally as then it will get done properly, as opposed to someone here telling you how to DIY.

Just my 2 cents.

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cant get computer to boot from recovery disc says no bootable disc in ATAPI cd rom no idea what to do really desperate

A:computer wont boot with recovery disc

Where did the recovery discs come from . . did they come with the PC or did you create them?

What Brand and Model is this pc?

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Hello Bleeping Computer,So I've been trying to solve this since it randomly started happening yesterday, but to no avail. I have a Samsung Q430 Intel i5 with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium (SP1), and the computer randomly started to lag, so I restarted it. It logged in successfully the first few times, but became extremely laggy after login, until it froze up completely each time. I then tried the recovery CD, and it worked the first time, but nothing changed, and it was still laggy. However, the computer could not even get past the black loading screen anymore, and began on a continuous reboot cycle, each time ending with a flash of a BSOD that I couldn't catch. It restarts to two options: Launch startup repair or Start windows normally, both of which end up freezing and restarting.I have tried:-Safe Mode (worked first time, but was laggy, and now it just freezes during loading)-Last Known good configuration (nothing happened)-Recovery CD (becomes stuck while trying to find the OS, says "Drive E: 0 bytes, windows 7 and never finishes loading)-Installation CD (stuck at entering setup screen)The only thing that really works is the Ubuntu Live CD...So, any suggestions?

A:Computer stuck at Boot, recovery CDs not working

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Try pressing F8 as the computer starts to get to the Advanced Boot Options and then select the "Disable automatic restart on system failure" option. When rebooting, your computer should now halt on the BSOD message. See if you can post what the BSOD message says here. I'm sure someone here could advise you once we know what the stop error is.

Good luck!


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Hello TSG,
So I've been trying to solve this since it randomly happened yesterday, but to no avail.
I have a Samsung Q430 Intel i5 with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium (SP1), and the computer randomly started to lag, so I restarted it. It logged in successfully the first few times, but became extremely laggy after login, until it froze up completely each time. I then tried the recovery CD, and it worked the first time, but nothing changed, and it was still laggy. However, the computer could not even get past the black loading screen anymore, and began on a continuous reboot cycle, each time ending with a flash of a BSOD that I couldn't catch. It restarts to two options: Launch startup repair or Start windows normally, both of which end up freezing and restarting.
I have tried:
-Safe Mode (worked first time, but was laggy, and now it just freezes during loading)
-Last Known good configuration (nothing happened)
-Recovery CD (becomes stuck while trying to find the OS, says "Drive E: 0 bytes, windows 7 and never finishes loading)
-Installation CD (stuck at entering setup screen)

The only thing that really works is the Ubuntu Live CD...
So, any suggestions?

A:Computer cannot get past boot, recovery CDs not working either

Hi and welcome,
While waiting for someone to read this who knows 'bout W7, why not use that Ubuntu live CD to backup all your important docs, pics, tunes etc etc to an external hard drive (if you haven't already?!) just in case ...

Sorry I can't be of more help.


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Yesterday, when I booted my computer, a blue 'Recovery' screen appeared on my monitor. The message reads:           Your PC/Device needs to be repaired.           The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information.            File: \BCD           Error code OxCOOOOO34            You will need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB            device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer. When I access the Startup Menu by hitting the ESC key while booting, I'm able to go to Diagnostics (F2). Choosing that key, I get a screen which indicates the Boot Test Failed with an Error Code - 3F0. It also says Warning: No active partitions. Suggestion Please perform a System Recovery; Contact HP Support. Several months ago, Win 10 uploaded while my computer was on overnight. I've experienced all manner of problems since then (such as intermittent connection to the internet). I'm hoping there is some way I can revert back to Win 7. I still have the key code lable for the Win 7 Home Premium OEM version which was loaded on the computer when I purchased it. Also, I would like to be able to r... Read more

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