Terms that would otherwise triple the size of this post if explained midpost.
HardDrive -> A very powerful disc, like a floppy but way bigger!
Normally holds all applications, games, and of course
either windows or Linux on a PC, or Mac OS if a Macintosh
Drive -> Shortened form of above. Can also refer to the Giant folderholder known as C drive.
D drive, E drive, etc are possible.
A drive is almost always a Floppy disk drive.
D,E,F,etc any one of these letters can also be a CD-Rom drive(or simular)
Driver -> Something completely different. (software that talks to hardware)
Here we go:
I am going to assume the worst scenario in that you cannot get into Windows at all. From either menu option.
Try using the EBD again(or *any* Dos Boot disk).
Once you are at the A prompt. (Looks like this: A:\> )
This means you are in floppy mode.
To switch to the harddrive, type this into the A prompt.
if you get an error message, there is still one more thing to try, I will cover that in a second.
Let's go with the idea that you have a C: prompt in front of ya.
Which should look like this: C:\>
if you get an error message, same deal as before, that will be covered in a sec. Please scroll down to the line of ************** if you did.
If you didn't get an error message but instead a screeen with lots of
file names, then the job just got easier. Tremendiously!
The files that don't have a .xxx attached to them are likely folders
those that do, well, it's there to tell ya what the file's nature is.
With a blank C:\>
in that new list look for either "Documents and Settings"
or something that *may* look like "Docume~1"
when you find it enter the following into a blank C prompt.
cd Docume~1 (if it looks like this but one number or letter off, please enter that instead)
cd Documents and Settings
(or even cd xxxxxxx
if your picture folder is there, then substitute the xxxx's with the pic folder name)
To go back exactly 1 folder
To go all the way back to the beginning of the drive(Drive's Root)
hit enter key
Hopefully, two familar folders will come up in that new list of files
My Documents (or My Doc~1)
cd into one of those, then Dir/w to get the file list from that folder.
hopefully the pics were in one of those two.
Unless the computer's Hard drive was programmed with a partition to make it think it has more than one drive, or that you physically have two hard
drives hooked up. The Data is either fried or *last possiblity*. I hope this is *not* the outcome.
Now if you do have more than one drive, whether virtual (partition) or physical, then there more that can be done. simply use the commands
from above to navigate around the drive(s).
oh yeah, if you do have a 'D', 'E', 'F', etc drive(s), then like with C and A
you need to get to it's prompt.
This should help: (Do not type the C:\> it's only for decorum, just what's after it...)
you should get a prompt like this
If you get an error message, then it either doesn't exist or
isn't prepared. Go back to the C drive, try to remember the
folder name where the pictures are stored at, then look for that folder.
Desktop and My Documents were listed as these are typical temporary
stash spots for lots of folks..
Earlier there was discussion about partitions, and that I kinda hinted that a partitions is like a virtual harddrive (or harddrives) in a physical
This is where file systems come into play
MS-Dos 4 or 5 all the way to Windows ME used a system
FAT (File Allocation Table). WinXP supports FAT32, however, if you are reading this, then you have already found out that the file system is not
FAT32. It's NTFS.
Read this paragraph if only you want to know why it would use NTFS.
Skip this paragraph to get a possible fix.
WindowsNT, Win2k, and WinXP can use this system. It's actually the newer file system. Better than FAT32 at least in the respect that
it can support bigger harddrives. FAT16 coughs and dies at 512 Megs
FAT32 coughs and dies around 4 Gigs, NTFS supports sizes not even created yet. Something around 2 Terabytes, could be wrong..
Anyways back to it
If this is the case, this is quite a pickle. As there is no way to know
how much space is free or if it's even formated (commanded to be useable),
let alone partitioned (sectioned off into virtual drives)
Yet we are not screwed!
Obviously you have access to the Net. That is your saving grace.
There is a program called NTFSfor9x or something very much like that in name.
What it can do is force Win98 or WinMe to read (not write) NTFS systems.
This means you can copy the files, just not delete or 'move' them. Only copy or view.. that's it.
You *must* have a FAT32 drive partition to install Win98 or WinMe.
It and other tools can be found on a rather useful CD image.
here is where the image is:
Ultimate Boot CD
What to do if you don't have a Win98/Me cd. Just the Xp disc.
There is one baston of hope left. Again this is assuming you can burn cd's
from another computer. Additionally you will need either Win2k or WinXP.
It will let you make a Boot cd that loads a very striped down Win2k/XP
It's called PEBuilder
If anything I've posted here seems like greek and only gets worse, do not
torture yourself by continuing on, find someone whom you know nearby
that can help you read through this and try wants typed here. I am really
sorry about the learning curve on some of the later stuff, but at that point
options are getting thin, assuming you are following this based on the conditions described. If anything the advanced stuff listed near the end is in
the hopes that you manage to find someone who can help you with this over in your neck of the woods when nothing else works.(Oversights on my part are
the exception.. Remember as I stated waaay at the top, this is what needs to be done, when there seems to be no other options at all.
Best of luck to you, Deeprivergal
[edit on 22-11-2004 by Crysstaafur]