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I have a laptop with XP and Windows will not start up. I try to start in safe mode and that wont work either. The manufacturer logo comes up, then the Windows logo and then a black screen. I can press F12 or F2 and get to the utilities and I can also press F8 during startup. Additionally, I can go thru the system recovery, but I do not want to lose some of my data. This problem caught me off guard and I hadn't backed up my latest pictures, documents, music etc. . . The manufacturer suggested taking the laptop to an authorized technician but I think that will be expensive.
I want to do a full system recovery but I need to get my data backed up. I can't bring myself to do this until all my pictures, documents and music files are backed up. I have an external hard drive but I dont know how to get to the files to move them there. I can't see paying a bunch of money when the solution is probably simple. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!