...but why are you nor able to use the CD RW to burn copies of your files to CDs or DVDs ? Or copy to an external HD via USB ?
Almost a year ago I deleted SP1 from my Toshiba Satellite P-25(S-5039) that came w/XP Home & SP1. I later upgraded to XP-Pro and used the system for several years with little trouble but did get a (Win32 Trojan) which I could not remove yet it still operated fine.
I did not think I needed SP1 anymore and deleted it. BIG MISTAKE. After doing so everything went to crap in short order, one blue screen after another indicating missing DLL files and so on I can only assume were lost upon deleting SP1.
I have many files and photos I would like to recover via a normal mode. SAFE mode is limited and I cannot do what I want in SAFE, nor am I able to use my CD/RW drive OTHER THAN ONLY to read my original Toshiba Recovery Disk which does nothing to restore my OS.
I bought a Rockfish HDD reader thinking I could recover the data via my new HP w/ Win7 but states (OS is not compatible with XP Pro)
I was also told I could convert my Toshiba HD from FAT32 to NTFS and then could read it via my HP but I'm not sure and have some questions on that.
Also wondering if I should try to reinstall Home w/SP1 and then upgrade to XP-Pro on another machine and then try to read the HD via the Rockfish and copy files to that machine HD or to a stand alone HD.
I definitely do not want put any files on my new HP for fear of transferring any virus/Trojans or corrupted files. I'm hoping someone will be technically astute enough to grasp the problem I am having and offer a real solution.
I have USB floppy drive, a HP USB CD/RW drive and USB Seagate (Free Agent)500Gb HD as well as the Rockfish HD reader for tools.
I do NOT have an original XP Home disk or floppy.
Thanks in advance for any help.