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XP Crashed... How can I recover data?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cmseth, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. cmseth

    cmseth Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2004

    XP locked up tonight and I had to do a hard power off. When I attempted to re-boot, I now get a system error C000012 Registry File Failure. It then goes on to say it dumped the physical memory and to contact tech support, because you don't have a prayer of chance of fixing this. Okay, the last part was my wording. When I shut down and turned it on again, I'm now getting a Unmountable_boot_volume error. It goes on to say it is stopping the boot process so I don't do any damage.

    When I called Dell, they tell me that the drive MUST be reformatted and there is no way to save the data. They also said any data recovery attempt would be futile. Of course, I haven't backed up in a while, so I am in a panic -- data files that cannot be replaced.

    I just can't believe that this data can't be restored. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. buddhafabio


    Aug 5, 2002
    it depends on what drives are installed on your pc. if you have 2 hard drives or a cd burner you can use a knoppix linux cd.
  3. biggmc


    Mar 23, 2004
  4. chakorules


    Apr 16, 2004
    Hopefully you have another XP machine somewhere. If so, remove the the hard drive from the crashed machine and install it as a slave into a working XP machine.

    Then copy all files from


    to the:


    After that, some applications may not run, like : MS Office or any other software they have installed etc...But once you recover Windows, you can re-install those software applications that won't run if they have the original cd-rom.

    If you can't see the files I told you above, you have to enable hidden files.

    Open an Explorer window, click on TOOLS, then FOLDER OPTIONS. click on the VIEW tab. Find the button, "show hidden files and folders", UNCHECK the button "hide protected operating system files". This will allow Windows Explorer to see the repair and config32 folders that are normally hidden...

    Or while you have it installed as SLAVE, backup what you need, and REFORMAT the crashed drive.

    Or...you can boot into recovery console and do a manual SYSTEM RESTORE in DOS COMMANDS...it will take while to explain that process....hopefully you'll just copy the repair folder and be done with it...
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