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Hard Drive Recovery Problem.

by DNevi / June 23, 2010 10:12 AM PDT

My power source went bad and I am not sure what it did to my system as a result. I tried to do a system recovery and it keeps reading a disk error. I tried using a Windows XP disk and it shut down. I am soooo confused.
I need stuff off the old hard drive and someone said I could slave it to the new computer's hard drive, but I have had no luck trying that... partially because I am clueless what that all entails. Can anyone help?

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Can you restart in Safe Mode?
by Coryphaeus / June 23, 2010 10:39 AM PDT

Since you told us nothing about your machine (make and model), after the machine splash screen, begin pressing F8 until you get the Safe Mode screen. Try Safe Mode and then System Restore, pick a date. If SM doesn't work, reboot, F8, choose Last Known Good Configuration. If no joy, holler back, there are major problems.

Tell us more about the new machine and the failing hard drive.

Drive = IDE or SATA?
New machine vacant ports, IDE or SATA?
Placing the drive into an external USB-2 case and accessing via USB.

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by DNevi / June 23, 2010 12:18 PM PDT

I apologize. I threw together that post out of frustration and did not accurately and thoroughly cover it.

It is not allowing a System Restore. Last Known Good Configuration... no go.

Drive - SATA
New machine drives use IDE I believe.

External USB-2 case? That sounds promising. I never heard of that.

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External case . . .
by Coryphaeus / June 23, 2010 10:56 PM PDT
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Thanks and a new question
by DNevi / June 25, 2010 8:50 AM PDT
In reply to: External case . . .

I cannot even get into safe mode, it goes right to the need a boot disk line.

However, the USB-2 External Link is working wonderfully for which I thank you.
It does spawn a new question though...
The section on the drive marked as My Documents is reading as inaccessible. Is there any way around that so I can get my resume and other documents out of there?

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