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Retrieving files from unbootable drive

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  1. jmhackle

    jmhackle Thread Starter

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    I got the unmountable_boot_drive error on the blue screen. Can't even start in safe mode. If I use the system recovery CD's I've got, will I be able to retrieve my files? I'm afraid to try anything because I've got around 300 pictures of the kids that I've not yet transferred to cd's!
     
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    If you use the recovery disks, the files are gone! I suggest you don't do that!

    Is this a desktop or a laptop? Do you have another machine?
     
  3. devil_himself

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    Boot into recovery console . At the prompt type :

    attrib -r -s -h c:\boot.ini
    del c:\boot.ini
    bootcfg /rebuild
    -at the first prompt press "y" enter
    -at the second prompt type what you want to name your windows installation (anything you want)
    -at the third prompt type /fastdetect
    fixboot
    -at the prompt press y
    fixmbr
    -at the prompt press y

    exit
     
  4. jmhackle

    jmhackle Thread Starter

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    John Will, it's a desktop and yes, I do have another one.......Mr. Devil, I cannot figure out how to get into the DOS prompt? It's been ages since I've had to deal with this stuff. Usually I just say forget it and buy something new, but I hate to lose those pictures :(
     
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    If those options fail, take the hard disk out of the one machine, and install it as a secondary drive in the working desktop. You can then access any files you need before restoring the first machine. If you get a permission error on some of the files on the crashed disk, here's the procedure to fix that: How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
     
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