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HD crashed, new drive cant connect/and how to recover data?


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#1 harleysgirl

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:43 PM

Hi all, hope I can find some help, though Im not sure Im in the right forum. Im running Windows XP on a Compaq Presario. Was browsing the internet yesterday when my screen went black and the system rebooted. Error msg- Windows cannot start/ boot time error (something to that effect), tried to restart and got "sys32\hal.dll" is missing or corrupt" Fine, dealt with that n anther computer not too log ago. Went to do a repair from the OS disk, but it's not showing that drive in order for me to choose it to repair. I booted on an older drive (original "C" drive, intact OS, still operable just bogged down with programs, so I installed new HD with XP about a year ago), opened "My Computer" to look at the "E" drive (new drive) and it said the drive needed formatting (which I didnt do, my heart dropped thinking all those files are now lost). Im hoping I can recover files from it, but in order to do that I need to get on some kind of forum to ask how. My old drive is just to slow to maneuver enough to make any repairs from there, so I added another HD ("F") and a clean XP install. Problem here is that it doesnt see my nVidia nForce networking adapter so I cant connect to my home network or the internet. Ive tried getting the drivers from the internet, but all Ive found redirect me to the nVidia website which then says I have the most up to date drivers already (because Im accessing it from the original C drive).
Ok, so any ideas on how to get connected when I cant get the drivers?
How about trying to recover anything from the crashed drive? (please oh please oh please)
Thanks in advance for any help provide

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:18 PM

I get drivers...from either the website of the system manufacturer or that of the motherboard manufacturer, depending on whether the system is custom-built or store-bought.

Any drivers which are downloadable can be burned to CD...and then used on a different system. I've never seen drivers which are not downloadable at a website existing (in part) for that purpose.

As for data recovery...you might try Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Home - http://www.recuva.com/.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 06:19 PM

Thanks Louis,
my problem though is that I cant find the nVidia drivers except for the nVidia site, which has a detect function for identifying which drivers are needed. The drive Im using to connect from in order to get the drivers, has up to date drivers, so I cant get to the ones I need to d/l. Maybe Im not going about it right, but Ive been there several times and cant seem to get to the right drivers

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 07:52 PM

What model Presario?

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