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BSOD/Format HDD Error

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#1 Reggie Nolan

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:10 PM

I have odd problem with reading a hard drive with Win 7 OS installed. I noticed the other day that my laptop running Win 7 was in Startup Repair mode. Apparently, my OS couldn't be fixed. When I would reboot, I would get BSOD. The error codes referred to a device that was recently installed not be removed correctly. Since it was a laptop and the only device I installed was a USB mouse, I figured it had to be something else.

After trying various things, I finally decided to reinstall the OS. Since I had files that I wanted to keep on the hard drive, I decided to retrieve those files in a XP laptop by by putting the hard drive in a USB enclosure. When I connect the harddrive, it asks me do I want to reformat the harddrive. I'm not sure why it's doing that. Can XP read a drive that has a Win 7 OS on it?

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:03 PM

If the file system is not corrupt (although it very well could be since you're getting a BSOD with it), you should be able to read the drive from any computer (XP or not).

Will the drive mount if you close the window asking for a reformat?

If worse comes to worse, you can do a quick format and use a tool like Recuva to recover the files (although it's not a 100% guarantee).
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:23 PM

or try knoppix, just burn to a cd boot it and copy the files to a good drive, then use the partition tools in knoppix to look for a corrupted boot sector

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