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Compressed File restart failure

by redline396 / November 14, 2012 8:45 PM PST

I was in the process of compressing my C drive on my Dell Inspiron laptop. About 25% through I received the black screen stating a odd lettered file is compressed and to use ctrl-alt-del to restart. It won't restart and just loops. Any ideas ? I do not have the original disk.

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Re: compressed file
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 14, 2012 9:09 PM PST

Alas, even Google doesn't know what an "odd lettered file" is. Your post is the only hit, and you don't explain it. Maybe the error message stated something else then you write.

Anyway, if you don't have a backup (an 'image') you lost everything on the c:-drive. That means that it's time to find out if ctrl-F11 to restore it to factory conditions still works. If not, Dell might be able to sell you the recovery disks.


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If you have the installation disk ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 17, 2012 10:51 AM PST

the fix is pretty easy as per :

If you do not have the Installation DVD (and you indicate you do not) then it is a bit harder because you have to follow the instructions on this link and possibly will need to download and create a Windows 7 recovery environment disk (also on this link) if your Advanced Boot Options which you access with the F8 key while booting doesn't offer the "Repair Your Computer" option. Read through the link

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