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    Hey all

    At the gfs.

    Just been told that their family PC HD has died.

    Right what happen is, when the system boots up, it gets to the windows screen and then just restarts again, I was wondering if there is anyway they can get the data back from the disk?

    The disk has loads of family pictures on there, which they would like to get back if possible.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Hey all

    You could always try putting the HDD in a different computer and see if it reads the drive. Or maybe find a Live Linux CD to boot the PC up and maybe the data can be read then.

    If it's getting to the Windows screen and the restarting again it could be that the Windows install is corrupt rather than the HDD being dead.

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    Re: Hey all

    Question, if its just that the boot sector isnt being found, is there an easy fix?

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    Re: Hey all

    I think there might be but I'm not entirely sure what it is. Could always try a repair install of Windows, which would keep all the previous data on it.

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    Re: Hey all

    Apparently, when this happened on my girlfriends PC, it wouldnt let her do a repair format, it said the disk had to be formatted completely.

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    Re: Hey all

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbedguy View Post
    Question, if its just that the boot sector isnt being found, is there an easy fix?
    Sure, you can just boot the Windows CD, go into recovery mode and run "fixmbr" (IIRC, it'll be close to that anyway and fairly obvious)

    *BUT*, its highly unlikely the boot sector has just vanished. There is probably another issue somewhere else if its just a normal system.
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    Re: Hey all

    ahh ok, so boot the cd the same way you would as if formatting but go into the recovery section?

    Ill let the gfs dad know.

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    Re: Hey all

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbedguy View Post
    ahh ok, so boot the cd the same way you would as if formatting but go into the recovery section?

    Ill let the gfs dad know.
    Bingo just as if you were formatting, boot the cd and go into recovery console.

    I doubt the command will fix it but we can hope !

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    Re: Hey all

    Cheers will try that..

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    Re: Hey all

    fixmbr is a hit and miss really. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. Best bet to pull of their stuff is to run a Linux CD and stick the stuff onto a USB pen or something, or stick the drive in another PC.

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    Re: Hey all

    Update: - Her dad managed to get the drive working again/ get the data back.

    I dont know how, as i didnt see him before he went and messed about.

    Thanks to all for the help.

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    Re: Hey all

    Quote Originally Posted by Stringent View Post
    fixmbr is a hit and miss really. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. Best bet to pull of their stuff is to run a Linux CD and stick the stuff onto a USB pen or something, or stick the drive in another PC.
    fixmbr only fixes the MBR, its peoples misunderstanding of what it does that makes it 'hit and miss', not the program itself.
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    Re: Hey all

    Cheers he isnt 100% if what he has done is working, hes going for the stick a new HD in with windows on and hope that he can see the other disk.

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