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c000218 Registry File Failure and non-booting and data recov

by jdw / February 27, 2007 1:21 AM PST

Windows XP Home
Compaq Presario 2105 Notebook

I have recently encountered this "stop:c0000218{Registry File Failure}" on the above laptop.

Currently, I've called HP and they have told me the system is
unbootable, that is I would have to reformat the drive and I do
have data I would like to try and recover.

The BIOS does not support booting of a USB device but does
off of a network. I've never preformed this.

I've read some other posts that suggest a live linux CD would
possibly boot successfully, or also the possibility of doing
a network boot. Are any of these feasible at all?

I've tried a IDE hard disk enclosure capture with no success.

My next shot is to remove the hard drive and cable it with a
laptop to IDE cable to a PC motherboard. Has this worked for anyone?

Sugggestions appreciated.

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Save your files first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 1:33 AM PST

My favorite is to boot a Linux LiveCD (such as knoppix, pclinuxos or others from ) then copy the files the owner can't lose to CDR, hard disks, memory keys, networks or other places.

Another trick is to replace the hard disk then use the recovery CDs. The old drive is placed in some External USB drive enclosure and we recover the files with tools like Explorer or if the tables are busted items like Zero Assumption Recovery.

-> Article by Microsoft on fixing the OS do not apply in this case because we don't have the Microsoft supplied OS of CD to use the tools and methods noted in those articles.

I figure under 100 bucks to save our files. Are your files worth that much?


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Won't cost that much
by jdw / February 27, 2007 1:39 AM PST
In reply to: Save your files first.

I have knoppix, I could try using that.

Once into there, just CDR the said needed files.

What about removing the drive, cabling it to a PC as a master
drive and dragging and dropping?

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If you have the setup for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 1:44 AM PST
In reply to: Won't cost that much

I can't say it will work for everyone but I have the laptop to desktop kits. Not everyone will pop for this $4.95 device.

In my case it's not Master since I use the more common 80 conductor cables which means cable select... But I digress on jumper and cable standards here.


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I was thinking along these (more expensive) lines
by jdw / February 27, 2007 1:48 AM PST
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Ok, 8.99 more?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 1:55 AM PST

I think has these items too. But if you were in a hurry I'd just head to a local shop.

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Actually dealing with data recovery
by jdw / February 27, 2007 2:02 AM PST
In reply to: Ok, 8.99 more?

I've spoken with the tech support at EasyRecovery (ontrack)
and they've briefed me on how difficult it is to retrieve
"in tack" data.

Can you suggest how to best deal with these bits of data once
they are found?


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99% of the time I have no need to use drivesavers or
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 2:07 AM PST

Ontrack. The nonbooting disk has all it's files intact ready for us to copy them off.

-> So you've already tried this?


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Not yet
by jdw / February 27, 2007 2:24 AM PST

I've downloaded the trial disk which will only tell (somehow)
if the files are there and recoverable in some format.

I won't know if the folders will be there, intact etc.

The cheapest way is to first see them using this trial disk,
then just drag and drop them to the back up PC.

Otherwise, you have to pay 200 big ones for the least expensive
recovery software.

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I guess you are set on paying big bucks?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 2:31 AM PST
In reply to: Not yet

I've used my simple methods better than 99% of the time which is to put the drive in some USB housing or on the adapter then copy the owner's files out.

You seem to have not bypassed simple, safe, cheap and headed straight to expensive.

All I can write it seem is "good luck with that."


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