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I have been given the task of trying to recover data from a failed hard drive, The main problem is the drive fails to boot stopping at the second black screen and shutting down.Saving the O/S is not a priority just some of the data stored, photo's family tree ect, is there any free progs that can be used to help with this matter.
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"drive fails to boot stopping at the second black screen."
drive is therefore ok but windows is corrupt.
Probably a driver problem a windows repair will possibly cure it.
Or put the drive in another PC as a slave to copy files or place in a caddy as master to do the same.
Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm
1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.
DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).
4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.
Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.
Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
To be sure it has failed remove it and try it in a friends pc as a second hard drive, configure friends pc so that first disk is set to master and the suspect disk is set to slave, then let pc boot up and see if you can access supect drive. I am sure a goole search will find plenty of data recovery companies, but are expensive
Do you have access to a computer that you can put this drive into as a slave and see if you can save the data to the main drive?
Many thanks for your replies, the problem is compounded as there is only an XP product recovery cd rom supplied with this pc. The original HDD went bad, not booting, a new drive was bought and installed, then it was suggested that the 1st HDD is installed back as a slave and Disc Recovery software is used to try and salvage lost data. I have now found out that a slave HDD if installed should not have an operating system on it as it can cause problems as in NTLDR missing. As this 2nd Hdd was the original from the PC it was obviously loaded with an O/S and may have cause this problem.
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