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#1 nate613

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:38 PM

I had been using my computer and I got a blue screen. I didn't think much of it, but when I tried to restart, the BIOS stopped with a message "Error loading operating system" and understandably won't go past that. I have a multiboot linux live usb with puppy and ubuntu so I can access my computer but in puppy my hard drive isn't showing up (haven't checked in ubuntu yet). What can I do to repair my OS/hard drive?


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:37 AM

Well...IMO...if the hard drive can't be seen in linux...that would be an indicator of a possibly failing hard drive, with just a matter of time before all goes awry.

 

First thing I'd do is move anything off that drive...to a safer location.

 

Then, I would run a hard drive diagnostic on the drive, with the expectation of bad news.

 

Guide, SeaTools For DOS - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:48 AM

Thanks for helping me, Louis. I currently don't have a way of accessing the info on the drive since I can't load windows and linux doesnt read the drive. Is there any other way to access the info to back it up? Also, can the diagnostic tool affect the contents of the drive (and I shouldn't run it until I try to back up the drive)?



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:48 PM

The backup or attempted back up...always rates as the first thing to do.

 

I've not heard of linux not being able to access a drive unless it's in dire straits...but the persons in the Internal Hardware forum can definitely give you more insights about the possibility of a failing drive...than I can.  That includes recovery efforts.

 

FWIW:

Data Recovery , GParted, AA - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic474881.html

Data Recovery Using Puppy Linux, Brooks - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/489067/dual-boot-system-bluescreens-1-of-my-startup-choices/

PhotoRec Data Recovery, acerts04 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/524099/urgent-help-needed-recover-photos-from-a-deleted-account/?p=3312745

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:24 PM

I posted my question in the internal hardware forum. I'll see what they can do for me regarding backing up the content. I'll come back here afterwards to deal with the OS issue, assuming it still exists and my drive is salvageable. Thanks for your advice.



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:28 PM

:thumbup2: .

 

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