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Seeking Tutorial to recover files from my laptop w/Unmountable Boot Volume Error?


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#1 afunlovinchick

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:31 PM

Please Help:

XP Compaq laptop - turned on one morning to find Blue Screen with Unmountable Boot volume Error after windows flash screen.
followed by a non-stop cycle of sytem restarts. Windows will not load beyond the flash screen. I did initiate the recovery process in the console, but my
only options were to do a full recovery. My main goal here is to recover my data files off of the drive.
I did run the chkdsk command but got no results. I also removed the drive and connected it as a slave on another PC. Explorer did show both the c: and d: partitions, but I was not able to view any files in the c: partition. However, I was able to view files in the d: partition.
I am not familiar with data recovery or partitions, so I would appreciate any guidance you can offer.

Thanks,

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:58 PM

If you hooked the drive up as a slave in another computer & couldn't open it rescuing anything off of the C partition is going to be a tough one.
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:39 AM

you could try getting the files of it with a linux live CD, that sometimes works, but not garenteed.

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:03 PM

Check this tutorial to recover lost files with Linux live CD (I have same hard drive errors as you, and it worked)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 02:05 AM

Thanks Messenger & Patriot - I will give that a shot.

By the way, I need to post a new HJT Log for my Desktop PC. Any chance you can take a look at it? It's the last one that I have that is still up and running. I have had 4 others taken down by malware -hoping to save this last one. Please take a look if you get a chance.

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 09:56 AM

This is not the forum for HJT log analysis Please use the correct forum
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 11:35 AM

Thanks Messenger & Patriot - I will give that a shot.

By the way, I need to post a new HJT Log for my Desktop PC. Any chance you can take a look at it? It's the last one that I have that is still up and running. I have had 4 others taken down by malware -hoping to save this last one. Please take a look if you get a chance.


If you like, PM babiouz to re-open your topic, and I will take a look at it.

Either way, good luck!

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:42 PM

Hey Messenger, thanks for your tip! Linux worked just as you said. I was able to access the files on the drive without any problems. The only down-side is the file transfer is horribly slow. I am wondering if you had the same problem - or if this is normal? Perhaps there is some other clue to achieving faster file transfer? Please let me know. I appreciate all the help and tips.

Ps. I will post a new help request in the proper forum as soon as I finish this project.

thanks again,
Nicky

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:59 AM

I was copying gigabytes of data as it included university work, music pictures and god knows what else, and since I had a 500gb hard drive it took a while! :thumbsup:

But I think that they were transfering at a normal speed, I guess it depends on your hard drive/external hard drive... Not really much of a geek in this area

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