Solved No Windows boot when startingup

January 27, 2014 at 09:34:27
Specs: Windows Vista
My labtop just stopped booting to the windows screen. All I get now is the first "Gatway" start up screen and then swtiches to a black screen with a small blinking curser. I was told by the local electonics store that the hardrive was corrupt and to retieve my data is would be $180. Is there anything I can try to do to recover this?
Much appreciate any help!

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January 29, 2014 at 14:38:31
I have the exact adapter linked below. The reviews don't seem good but I have used mine multiple times without issue.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Get recuva to recover files. If for some reason that doesn't work then post back and we will try something different. Get recuva from the link below. BTW, all their software is good stuff. I use Ccleaner almost every day and also have Speccy installed.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva



#1
January 27, 2014 at 09:50:59
Yes there is. Any live version of Linux will be able to read the files, assumming the hard drive has not died but Windows is just corrupted.

You will need a place to copy the files you recover. CDR or DVDR should work or if you have an external hard drive that would work too.

Linux puppy is small and can boot from a flash drive or CDR. Get it from the link below.

Do you have a Windows restore or full DVD?

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview...

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#2
January 28, 2014 at 12:36:34
Thanks for the link OtheHill! I created the bootable CD and it started fine. It appears I have 3 partions (sda1, sda2, & sda3) but I cannot mount sda2. It states "Error: unable to mount sda2" and when I run the ntfsfix on this partion it fails stating "No such file or directory" after running a few corrective actions. I've opened the other two partions and it doesn't appear these have my user folder (just public and default). Any ideas on how to proceed?

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#3
January 28, 2014 at 14:35:43
Laptops usually come from the factory with 2 partitions. One of them is the restore partition, which you can't read. The other should be the Windows partition. Not sure about the third.

Post the size of each as shown in Linux.

Did you allow Linux to configure all your hardware.

Do you have a card reader, flash drive or external hard drive installed/connected?


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#4
January 28, 2014 at 21:26:34
sda1= 10.0 GB
sda2= 111.4 GB
sda3= 111.4 GB
I'm not sure if I've configured all hardware. I've ran the ntfsfix on the 3 partions. 1 & 3 checked out ok. No other card readers or flash/eternal hard drives connected.

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#5
January 29, 2014 at 06:45:33
The 10GB partition is most likely the recovery partition.

Laptops usually came from the factory with only one operating system partition.

When partitioning a hard drive it is unusual to be able to end up with two identically sized partitions. My guess is that Linux is seeing a phantom partition.

There are many free file recovery programs available but most run under Windows. So, in your case being that you have a laptop you have a problem.

BTW, this is why backing up is recommended.

Do you have another computer running Windows available? If so, you could remove the laptop hard drive and connect it externally via USB to a working Windows computer. Then run one of the file recovery softwares available.

Do you have restore disks for the laptop available?


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#6
January 29, 2014 at 10:59:38
Yes, I have another labtop running windows available and can try running a recovery software. Is there any one you recommend? I tried already tried creating a bootable recovery CD from Winhelp (http://www.ge.tt/#!/8E72wcA/v/0) and running it on the damaged computer. The CD boots just fine like puppy but when i try to access the C: it states that its not accessible. What should next step be? Still removing the hard drive, connecting via USB, and run a different data recovery program? Thanks.

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January 29, 2014 at 14:38:31
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I have the exact adapter linked below. The reviews don't seem good but I have used mine multiple times without issue.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Get recuva to recover files. If for some reason that doesn't work then post back and we will try something different. Get recuva from the link below. BTW, all their software is good stuff. I use Ccleaner almost every day and also have Speccy installed.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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