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Any way to examine/resurrect a boot HD gone bad?

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#1 Number_6


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Posted 16 November 2010 - 05:32 PM

An attempted SP3 upgrade on my Dell dimension 4300 XP Home machine failed, and made my XP non-useable. I have no Install disks, no backup, no DVDs or CDs of any kind that could be used to recover, and I cannot get into SAFE mode. I get partway into booting up, then I get an error message. (I feel appropriately foolish and disgusted with myself.)

I am wondering if I could resurrect this drive *if* I could install it in a bootable machine. If I could do that, I could then examine it and perhaps fix what's wrong.

But it was a C: drive, and clearly, XP has to be able to recognize this as something other than a C: drive. I figure I'll need some software to do this, and also, I have to be able to connect it to be recognized as "hard drive other than the boot drive".

Anyone have any experience at this, or any ideas?

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#2 Ryan 3000

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 06:30 PM

In my experience a boot drive will always be the first boot drive chosen on a computer.
That is to say, adding a second drive that is also 'bootable' should have no affect on your computer, except it will be visible in My Computer.
Hook-up away...

Side-note: By default the new drive might not be recognized by My Computer. You'll have to right-click My Computer from the Start Menu, click 'Manage', go to Disk Management, and find your un-named drive. Right-click it and click 'Assign Drive Letter or Path'. Now it's accessible from My Computer.

Edited by Ryan 3000, 16 November 2010 - 06:32 PM.

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