sounds like possible the harddrive has failed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_of_deathIt makes a lot off clicking noises but never boots
I can't insert any Cd. Now what? Your idea does sound good if I could use it.sounds like possible the harddrive has failed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_of_death
as the PC starts keep tapping F8 a menu appears - choose safemode
see if that starts
otherwise you could try creating a UBUNTU boot CD and see if that boots up as a virtual CD - that will at least test the hardware - it may also be possible to see if the hardrive can be seen and even copy the data off to a USB attached harddrive
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.
If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download
YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.
You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/
When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will A screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images
== > Try ubuntu
== > Install ubuntu
You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD
Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1
Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working
You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.
If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC
Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device
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