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Windows XP Repair In Loop Can I Save Data?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by hmharris, Jun 11, 2007.

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  1. hmharris

    hmharris Thread Starter

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    I tried to repair windows xp using the installation cd and i could never get it to boot up. Dell says I must restore the operating system because the os files are corrupt.

    I have hiren's boot cd and can see my data but can't move it anywhere to save it. Is there any way I can save my data or some of it before I restore? Especially since the pc won't boot to windows at all?

    Thanks.
     
  2. briealeida

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    Get a Knoppix CD. It's a live CD that will allow you to boot your computer into Knoppix (a version of Linux) and copy your files where ever you would like, ie: another hard drive, USB storage media, whatever.

    In order to boot into Knoppix, make sure that your computer's boot priority has your CD drive ahead of your hard drive. After that, your data should be safe.
     
  3. hmharris

    hmharris Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much! I did what you said and now I can at least get my pictures and other data off before I reformat. I had been working on getting this done for days!

    I really appreciate your help.

    Helen
     
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