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Hardrive Failure. No Hope At All?


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#1 ILoveSebby

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 02:23 PM

Okay this is going to be quite long because of all that I have to describe so please bear with me.

Saturday morning I woke up and my computer was off. That's not logical because my computer is never off. I tried starting the copmuter and it wouldn't start, it would come on for 3-4 seconds, shut right back off. My brother has gone to college and studied computers so I relied on him. We took the hardrive out, took it to my grandma's and put it in her computer and my brother somehow got on her hardrive but accessed my hardrive from there and the stuff in there was not accessible and even appeared to be erased. I was really unhappy at that point. So we came back home, I was really upset and crying because I have these pictures that are my prized possessions and I was too stupid to put them on my external hardrive (please spare me the "You're a retard"'s.) because I didn't know something like this was gonna happen. So I decided to give it one more try and the computer started up! It crashed once or twice but I managed to (or I THOUGHT so) get the pictures off but here's the complicated part. I was sending the whole folder containing all of my picture folders to my external hardrive and the computer crashed right in the middle of it all. I started it back up once more and I scrolled over one of my folders in my external hardrive and the size said "1 something gb" so I was thinking 'Okay, it's over a gigabyte so I got everything from that folder onto my external hardrive." It turns out I didn't. There is a video in there that makes it over a gb in size and I had thought that it was my pictures but it wasn't. I was too stupid to open up the external hardrive and open up that folder to look and see if I had all of my pictures. So the computer crashed, we started it back up Sunday morning and I can't remember the error exactly but it's some type of disk failure error and tells me to press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I do so, the same error continues to pop-up. My brother tried stuff to no avail so we decided to get a new modem. I have a vista now and I am just wondering, please guys, is there ANY way that I can somehow get that xp computer hardrive started to get those remaining pictures off? I know the answer is no but I just had to ask. Those pictures mean everything to me and I'm sure a lot of you can relate on knowing how priceless pictures are.


edit: For extra reference, I don't have a xp repair cd.

Edited by ILoveSebby, 22 January 2008 - 02:31 PM.


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:15 PM

You can do what you originally did...attach the drive as a secondary drive to a working system...and (hopefully) access files on your drive from that system.

I would suggest that you run chkdsk on your drive if you go that route...just before you attempt to move files. That's worked for me before when I had hard drive problems and needed to recover files from the failing drive.

XP Chkdsk, Using the Graphical Version (My Computer) - http://www.updatexp.com/windows-xp-chkdsk.html

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:21 PM

Thank you for replying to me. :thumbsup:
I would really like to try the first suggestion of taking the hardrive from my xp and putting it into my vista but I wasn't around to watch the disassembly of my xp so I cannot do it. I've tried unscrewing the screws in the back but I only managed to get a few and the rest are dead tight and I wouldn't know how to the shell off anyway.

Edited by ILoveSebby, 22 January 2008 - 03:24 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:26 AM

First thing is to get a minimum plug-in PCI hardwares inside your system. IF you have any soundcard or graphic card ( as a secondary to replace the onboard) plug in, remove it first. Then plug out the RAM sticks and get an eraser and brush the the gold plated parts and plug it back inside. Swap the slots. Brush off the CPU fan from dust to create better ventilation and prevent overheating going on inside your system. Get you system started as usual. Good luck. :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 06:48 AM

You can connect the hard drive to another computer and try to inspect it with some utility like Advanced NTFS Recovery. Most probably you will be able to save your files.




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