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Solved: Vista is malfunctioning, need to recover data

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Biocore, Jun 2, 2011.

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  1. Biocore

    Biocore Thread Starter

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    Hello all, I'm VERY sorry if this is in the wrong category but I have no idea where else to put it. A few days ago my grandmother's laptop wan unable to fully start up Vista, and the Startup Repair does nothing, and neither does a Memory Check. I can easily just boot from the CD and reinstall Vista, but she never backed up her data and I know there's a way to get things off of a computer without using the GUI/OS. I would ask my friend but he's never online any more after moving.

    I know that I can launch CMD after the startup repair fails, and I'm going to try that, but feel free to suggest something else.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Boot using a recent Linux LiveCD, it should be able to mount Windows drives, and you would see all content. Then copy off the files to a USB memory stick.
     
  3. Biocore

    Biocore Thread Starter

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    You saved my bacon pal! Thanks!
     
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