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backup HD from DOS

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  1. henry214

    henry214 Thread Starter

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    I have tried boot disk to recover from hal.dll missing error when starting laptop(dell inspiron 2500), but have not been succesful.

    I looked in the boot.ini files, but seen no extra lines or anything wrong.

    I looked in the system32 directory and found my HAL.DLL file to be present.

    I don't know if it is corrupt, but I have read the next thing is to reload windows if the above was found.

    In DOS mode, I can see all my files etc.

    Can I make a backup of my HD from DOS?

    Can I use another PC(windows 98) or another laptop(windows XP) to connect to
    the Dell laptop and copy all files needed?

    Thank You.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You should be able to boot the XP CD and do a repair installation of XP.
     
  3. henry214

    henry214 Thread Starter

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    thanks for the reply.

    I see in my post I did not mention :

    the laptop that has the hal.dll missing error is
    Dell Windows 2000 Pro.
    I have tried the reboot disks, no success.

    I have two other computers:
    PC is Windows 98
    laptop WinXP

    I would like to save files on my Dell laptop either on an external disk,
    or if possible to either of the other computers.

    I can only access the Dell via DOS.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, my normal method is to remove the drive and install it into another machine and recover the data from it that way. Since you can see the files with a DOS boot disk, the Dell must be using FAT32 filesystem. You can connect that drive to your W98 machine, do whatever file saves you desire, then reload the Dell O/S.
     
  5. henry214

    henry214 Thread Starter

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    Thanks JohnWill,

    how would I connect the Dell laptop to the win98 PC to get the data?
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You'd remove the hard disk and connect that using a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. This makes it look just like any other IDE drive.
     
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