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Hard Drive failure after windows update

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by funcan, Sep 29, 2006.

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  1. funcan

    funcan Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone.

    Two days ago, I set up a wireless network in a my fiancee's house. I turned on my laptop which had been away from the internet for about two months. The automatic Windows update kicked in, but at the end, it started to bring up some errors, and stop. The computer restarted and went through disk checking.

    It started deleting files called (Null), and then whole folders, including /Documents and Settings/funcan and /system32/config/system.

    After this it ran very slowly until reaching a UNDI PXE boot screen.

    I looked at the BIOS and there was no hard drive listed.
    Then I ran the recovery console, and looked around, to find that lots of my files were still there, but system32/config/ was inaccessible.

    I ran chkdsk, and started again. I tried to run a repair install, but there was no (R) option for my windows drive (C). Also, my partitioned D: drive was now showing as completely empty.

    I next tried to run a Barts PE boot disk I made specially. The cd drive just whined at me whenever I tried with a burnt disk, although it accepted the windows xp one.

    Next I tried to go through the registry repair steps, copying SAM, SOFTWARE, etc. but the recovery console started at C:\> and said Access is Denied when I tried to do anything more complicated than dir or chkdsk. cd, copy, and delete were all impossible.

    I considered a complete new install of windows - on the D drive it wanted to format the drive, but was unable to. On the C drive there isn't space to install and I want to try to avoid formatting it, as it contains photos of my young daughter.

    Now I am trying chkdsk again, but each time it gets to 100% it outputs "CHKDSK is performing additional checking or recovery..." twice more and begins again.

    Sorry about the long post, but I wanted to cover the things I had tried.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Duncan
     
  2. WarC

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    Have you tried formatting the drives?
     
  3. crjdriver

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    The first thing I would do would be to pull the drive and use an adapter to slave it to another system. Copy anything important ie docs, etc. Once your work is safe, we can then precede to try a reinstall of the os.
     
  4. funcan

    funcan Thread Starter

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    Can you slave a laptop hard drive? I should have mentioned - it is an acer aspire 1350 laptop.

    If so, how?

    I want to avoid formatting for now, if possible, for I haven't backed up the photos...

    Thanks,
    Duncan
     
  5. funcan

    funcan Thread Starter

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    Ooops, I now see that you mentioned an adaptor, so I am off to look for one of those now.

    Thanks!

    Duncan
     
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