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Dell Windows XP Boot...PLEASE Help!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by coliesman, May 24, 2007.

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  1. coliesman

    coliesman Thread Starter

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    Okay, So I was surfing the net, when I got the dreaded BSOD, so I restarted my machine, and the flash screen cameup okay, at first, after the flash screen, it was saying

    "Loading descriptor for PBR 2...done

    Disk Read error
    Press control, alt, delete ro restart"

    now it is saying

    "Loading descriptor for PBR 4...done

    disk error
    press any key to restart"

    I don't have the recovery CD, and Dell is not being kind, is there a way or files that i can download to get my comp up and running so i can try and fix the problem? I have pics of my daughter on my HDD that I need to save, I can't get the comp to load in safe mode, what can i do, please help!!!
     
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  3. coliesman

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    i ordered the new disk, but what can i do in the mean time, if anything....I want to be able to get on the comp and save my daughters pics and some other files that are on here...
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    You can manually backup the data files as follows:

    You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable
     
  5. coliesman

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    right, going to get another comp from a friend now....how hard is it to do if the other machine is a Red Hat machine?
     
  6. ozrom1e

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    If you know how to setp the drive as a slave drive and connect it to the secondary IDE cable and get the computer to recognize it then all you have to do is find the data and copy it to one special directory and then burn it to a disc.
     
  7. coliesman

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    okay, i also have a windows xp disk now, i inserted it, and set the comp to start from the cd, but it keeps going back to the same thing " loading PBR for descriptor 4...done

    disk error
    press any key to restart"

    what now?
     
  8. omertez

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    Hi coliesman,
    can you press f8 on the first boot and choose last good configuration?
     
  9. coliesman

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    the only thing i am able to do is get to the windows setup screen....
    then it asks if i want to quit, install or recover....
    i hit "R" for recover, and it comes up with the cmd prompt c:
     
  10. coliesman

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    my biggest fear is that i have lost the pics of my daughter when she was a baby....
     
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    any help?
     
  12. mt2002

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    Have you set the BIOS to boot from CD, and disabled all other media (hard drive)?

    If so, and it still gives the error:

    -> In Windows Setup, the C: prompt is the Recovery Console. If you have a floppy disk,
    you can use commands (type help for a list) and copy your files to floppy.

    ->Or, Use a recovery disk to backup the files. You can get these for free on the internet.
    My personal favoriate is Winternals. Copy the files, and reinstall XP.

    -> Or, Follow ozrom1e's very usefull suggestion that might work;

    -> Or, either use a hardware device to try directly copying from one hard drive to a
    secondary slave. Buy a new hard drive, install XP, and get the files from the secondary
    slave.

    -> Or, if you are desprate, Take the hard drive to a data retrieval shop--can get expensive.

    Their probably are more options. Whatever you choose to backup your data,
    a) I hope its successfull, b) You will be needing another computer or hard drive,
    and c) Back up next time ;)
     
  13. coliesman

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    i was just going through some things with my wife's cousin who is a developer with ibm, when we checked for partitions, the only one that was showing was FAT, and it said it only had 10mb of free space...any thoughts? call some data recovery experts?
     
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    You can call a data recovery shop and explain the situation (Including the FAT information
    you posted), and see what they say.
     
  15. ozrom1e

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    You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and take a look at the following:

    "Bad PBR" means the partition boot record the MBR is trying to load has an invalid sector signature.

    Right before that message, you should see something like "Loading PBR for descriptor 2". That will tell you which PBR the MBR is having a problem with--descriptor '1' is the Dell Utility partition, '2' is the XP partition, and '3' is the Dell Restore partition.


    First, make sure that all connections are secure, and reseat the RAM.

    If no luck and it uses Windows XP, then press the F8 key during startup, select Safe mode from the menu using the arrow keys, and press Enter.
    If it starts in Safe mode, then do a clean boot to find the cause:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;310353

    If it does not start in Safe mode, then restart, press the F8 key during startup, and select 'Last Known Good Configuration'.

    If still no luck, then press the F2 key during startup to get into Setup(try the Del key if F2 does not work), and make sure the CD drive is configured to boot ahead of the HD.
    Then, insert the Windows(or Recovery) CD, restart, and follow the steps shown here to access the Recovery Console, and do a FIXBOOT(writes a new partition table to the HD)-> http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/

    If that does not fix things, then do a FIXMBR(repairs the HD's Master Boot Record) using the same above procedure for a FIXBOOT, except substitute FIXMBR.

    If still no luck, then you may have to do a repair install as described in the above link(Follow the steps for having an OEM version of XP).

    If no good, then do a fresh install of XP(You will lose all data, restore points, and updates).

    If there are problems doing that, then either the HD or RAM may be bad.
     
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