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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2004, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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any computer helpers in the house?

So my PC crashed and after an exciting 1 hour session with dell tech support, I have to clear my HD and start again. My question is : does anyone know about data recovery? Can I access files without windows (XP no longer loads, like in the good old dos days to copy files) or is there some data recovery software out there I can use after I start everything over?

Talk about "backup each file!!! " yeesh, I have a lot of important stuff on there... good thing my significant other has her own computer i can use...

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2004, 09:20 PM
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If you're running XP with NTFS, you will not be able to read the files using DOS. You should be able to use something like PartionMagic or Norton Ghost to save copies of your partition. Once you get the OS back up, you can recover the files you need from the backup partition.

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there is ntfs for dos.. think its made by winternationals compay

I ran across this freeware when I was looking for the link
http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/fr.../ntfsdos.shtml

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Excellent, thanks a lot

I'm gonna give it a run this weekend

So it's after I get the xp os running I can run the recovery programs to get my stuff back then?


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Excellent, thanks a lot

I'm gonna give it a run this weekend

So it's after I get the xp os running I can run the recovery programs to get my stuff back then?

It's not quite that simple if you've never done it before. Basically if you have to start from scratch, make a copy of the partition as an extended partition BEFORE you blow away your current partition. You will have to reinstall software, but you should be able to find your data files on the secondary partition if they haven't been deleted or corrupted.

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if you got important stuff on your harddrive. You might be able to install XP over the existing XP directory. And that will leave your other directories alone.


And if you dont know what your doing with partitions, you can sometimes wipe out your entire drive. But theres softwares and also partition editors to retrieve your harddrive back.
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Why not just boot up in safe mode and do a system rollback to a date of when the computer actually booted up???

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the way I would approach it is simple. Your wife has a computer? as long as it's running windows 2000 or windows XP Pro. Take your hard disk drive, slave it into her computer, and from there take ownership of the hard disk drive and copy the files onto her computer. Then wipe the hard disk drive (I have a debug utility that will do it instantly, if you want) and reinstall windows XP from scratch. After Windows XP is reinstalled, either copy your files over from her computer via a network connection or if that isn't available burn your files onto CD.

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Clearwaterms, that would rock but she's got a mac, heh, popup/spyware and all that free browsing on her computer, sheesh

@ TerminatorR1, when I run the safemode sys rollback, I get another serious error when windows reboots. My shiz is messed up, and I didnt even get it from a free porno site lol

@ Busadave & Fierospeeder, thanks. Since my significant other is still going to NIU, she agreed to make use of the NIU tech (as if it were her computer, heh) to have them do what you guys suggest. Since I don't know this stuff I don't want to screw it up

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