Windows XP and Vista do not use DOS
You can access the drive using a Linux LIVE
Or you can burn a boot CD
Let's now create a boot disc so that you can access your files and folders.....
*** Please print these instructions ***
- Download Hiren's BootCD Iso to the desktop of a clean computer.
- Extract the zipped HirensBootCD.zip to your desktop.
- Open the extracted HirensBootCD folder and extract the zipped HirensBootCD.iso.
- Double click the BurnToCD.cmd bat file contained in the HirensBootCD folder. This will launch BurnCDCC.
- Insert a blank CD in your drive.
- Press Start. This will burn the image to disc. After it has completed...
- Restart your sick computer and boot from the HBCD you created.
- If your PC is not booting from the CD, you need to change the boot order:
- Restart your PC
- As soon as you get an image, press the Setup key. This is usually F2, F10, F12 or Del. On some machines the key can also be a different one. It should, however, be stated on the screen which key is the setup key.
- Once you enter the computer's BIOS, use the arrow keys and tab key to move between elements. Press enter to select an item to change.
- Navigate to the tab, where you can set the boot order. It should be called Boot or Boot order
- The tab should now show your current boot order.
- If the CD-drive is not at the top, please navigate to the CD-Rom drive with the keys arrows. Then move it to the top of the list. The keys for switching boot position are usually + to move up and - to move down. However they can be different, but they should be stated in the help, so that you can find them easily.
- Once the CD-drive is on top of the boot order, navigate to Exit and select Exit saving changes.
- Your PC should now boot from your CD.
- Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
- When the CD boots choose "Start MiniWindowsXP". Allow Windows to load. You will see a typical Windows Desktop.
- You will be able to access your sick drive and save files/folders from here.