|My son's Toshiba laptop refuses to boot (Vista). It gets as far as the Windows progress bar, then powers itself off. Same in Safe Mode. I got the System Recovery menu up, did the Memory Check, and memory was OK, tried System Restore to a point a month before it went wonky, and that failed too (Windows cannot complete this action), then tried the System Repair, to no avail (Windows cannot repair this machine).|
He is now faced with Windows Complete PC Restore (from the hidden partition), but this does a reformat first, and all his data will be lost.
However, the Command Prompt does work. It first comes up as X:\Windows\System Repair\, but from there he can go to C:\ and see all his folders and files. If he inserts a memory stick it comes up as G:\ (although E: and F: are available??).
My question is:
Is there an easy way to get files off a drive when you have Command Prompt access? Can you connect a usb cable to another PC for example, or have a LITE OS on the stick for file manager functions?
How would you get large amounts of data off the C:\ drive, in lots of folders? Ideally he wants to search for all his docs, spreadsheets, pdfs, photos, videos, email history and browser bookmarks.