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How can I recover data from drive that wont boot?

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  1. rockbreaker0

    rockbreaker0 Thread Starter

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    I run XP pro. Went to turn on machine ,it gives me three options, safe mode, safe mode with net work and normal mode.

    What ever one I choose it will start the boot up from the beginning and come back to this orignal promt as above stated.

    I tried to make the drive a slave but the systems keeps telling me "do you want to format?

    For some reason the drive cant be accesed? Is there a program to extract info that I want to save? If so please advise.

    Thank you :confused:
     
  2. Scorpio1a

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    Have you tried reloading your last saved settings?

    Start / Programs / assesories / think its restore settings ... it will or should give you the option of going back to a previouse setting ..... and think you can do it from safe mode.good luck !
     
  3. rockbreaker0

    rockbreaker0 Thread Starter

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    Can not access safe mode, can not boot windows xp pro it wont go any further than the prompt that i stated.

    I require a program that will force data from this drive to another. I can not get this drive to boot???
     
  4. crjdriver

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    I understand you have already tried to connect the drive to another computer and that system wanted to format the drive. Is that correct? It would seem that the boot sector and or mft is damaged. It is also possible that the drive has just failed. I would try to boot with the xp cd and enter the RC [recovery console] once in the RC type this without quotes. Hit enter after each line.
    "Fixboot"
    "Fixmbr"
    After you do that type "chkdsk /F" without quotes. See if that helps.
     
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