Okay, here's the story:
I have an HP laptop with xp on it that crashed a few weeks ago. I got the windows logo and the bar at the bottom but then it would go to asking me if i wanted to enter safe mode, last know good config etc. I didn't matter which one I chose, it would blink a blue screen of death and then reboot.
I've got data on the drive that I really need to recover and since windows seems to still be there, I'm feeling pretty hopeful that my data is still there too.
I got one of those casings to put my hard drive in and hooked it up to my desk top so that I could see if I could acess the data that way but that didn't work.
I put the drive back into the laptop and I got the Hiran boot cd for it. I saw that my hard drive was in 2 partions (boot and c:) and that there was unpartitioned space that equaled 1/2 the hard drive. I ran a scan for bad sectors and it came up with 4 errors. Since it seemed like there might be a boot problem I thought I would do a repair on that partition first (I also am trying desperately to save my data and didn't want to mess with it. I've been waiting for a friend to help me but it looks like he's not around). What happened was that rather than repairing the boot partition, it seems to have removed it!
Next I created a new partion out of the unpartitioned 40gigs. Then I cloned the c: to the new partiontion, thinking that my data would now be copied to a new destination in case I need to start messing with c:
So this is pretty much where it stands. I don't want to create a new boot partition (which contains the mbr? is that right?) without someone's advice and hopefully hand holding! If you can help, please send a response! If you think I should put it in a box and send it to a data recovery place and have one to reccomend I'm up for that suggestion too. I just thought if I could get my data off of this drive myself it would save me a whole stack of money. I am also on msn messenger (email@example.com) if you want to ping me.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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