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

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#1 dotsandloops


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Posted 10 August 2009 - 03:32 AM

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

Edited by dotsandloops, 10 August 2009 - 03:38 AM.

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 06:41 AM

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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