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originally posted by: ICycle2
A bit of story time before I get to the point.
I know some basics and used to build my own computers up to Win XP. Actually still got and have a little gem running on XP and sometimes still use it to connect to the internet. It is however getting more difficulty with all the large scripts web pages are beginning to run.
Then I took over my Son’s powerful GigaByte gaming laptop, 4G ram + top of the range display card +,+ running on Win ultimate pre installed. He used it like a type of server when he and his friends played their games (they had this gaming night every week). He now has a monster of a thing with more fans and lights I ever seem. The blocks of ram looks like they can be used in a gym, but that’s kids.
Then my first stupid mistake, coffee over my keyboard. After it dried out I was able to use it with an external keyboard, so it didn’t get fixed.
Then my second mistake, I ask my son to format the computer because there were too many things running in the background not of my choice and I haven’t format Win 7 before. He was in IT back then as a qualified server technician or something like that and had international papers. I believe he didn’t format it from Bios and just reinstalled it over the current Win. Ha, ha now I need the license again but manage to work around that with a little delwpa.bat file trick I found on the internet. It was irritating but workable.
Then I went to hospital and phoned a friend to come fetched the laptop as a security reason. Out of hospital on start up the battery was dead. Then it start working again and gone dead again for a couple of times until nothing. More like the battery control system giving problems than the battery itself because when charged I still had about 3 hour life in it.
No time for that as planning my retirement was more important and it was still workable when plugged in.
The next thing was that it started to struggle starting up once or twice and then I could only get to repair computer (the bios then a blank screen till windows recovery starts), not even safe mode. Could not get a system restore point or image recovery and memory diagnostics do not find a problem (its like my Os is gone), Maybe it got a virus because I was running a complete scan when it crashed or Microsoft is blocking me because of this .bat file as I did loose some unexplained administrated privileges just prior to the crash.
As it was time to get it fixed I used the command prompt and dos to copy some files I didn’t backup yet and save it to an external disk. And now my XP computer tells me the external disk is corrupted although the drive icon appears. On start up it does do a scan disk which tells me that nothing is wrong.
So the help I need is: Are there some way I can get into the external hard drive without formatting it while I wait for my laptop to be fixed. Dos also tell me its corrupted working from the command prompt.
Recuva a program that recovers deleted files is able to enter this corrupt external drive, but obviously I do not need deleted files.
originally posted by: Maxatoria
The drive if lucky just has the NTFS details corrupted a bit and windows complains like mad should it not be perfect.
Listen to the drive and if you hear a lot of clicking the drives on its last legs so don't use it and get it to someone who has the skills and gear as running some of the recovery tools could cause data loss for ever
Given the drive will be i'd say heading around 8 years of age at least its worth considering its on last legs (the label on the drive will show the manufacturing date)
originally posted by: drewlander
a reply to: ICycle2
Lets back up 10 steps just so i can throw my opinion around if i may. WinXP is well beyond its end of life cycle, receives no security patches, and is a risk to continue spreading conficker among an unknown amount of worms. Go to best buy, buy a 250gb ssd for like 50 bucks to replace that pig, and buy a copy of win7 to install from a flash drive. You can get a copy of win7pro off nerdsforless for like 14 bucks with downloadable iso. I have bought dozens of copies. Its legit oem licenses. Use rufus to make a bootable usb from the iso. Do this as a clean install, not a winxp upgrade.
If you need any files off the old drive, slave it. But not before you install some AV, even if its only malwarebytes 14 day trial.
originally posted by: bwillie
4. Install www.easeus.com...
I don't know if you have to pay to get the data. I got a license from work a while back. Works better than some of the 20k$ recovery products I have used in the past. There are uh, plenty of other places to get one as well.