system recovery w/o losing data

March 10, 2009 at 14:15:13
Specs: Windows Vista, 256mb

I have an acer 5100-5674 with windows vista home premium on it. It recently had a disk controller go out on it and I cannot locate my recovery disk. How do I get it to boot to a place where I can get to my files and back them up so that I can re-install the os. It won't even boot to safe mode. If I go into the bios it is telling it to boot up to the x: drive. My files are still there but I am more familiar with xp than vista. can you help?

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#1
March 10, 2009 at 14:34:14

Borrow a Vista DVD.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
March 10, 2009 at 15:06:10

... laptop I believe?

... 64 bit?

... does this apply to you?:

"you have no way of accessing the repair center. There is an upload copy of a CD that contains the contents of the "Repair your computer" only section of the Windows Vista DVD."

... are you familiar with torrents?

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#3
March 11, 2009 at 14:29:31

I found a website to download a torrent and an image burner for iso files. I then downloaded a program for a recovery disk. The first one I downloaded was for a 64 bit windows vista recovery disk, it didn't work. Then I downloaded the other one for a 32 bit recovery disk. I tried it and it came to the same screen that comes up when it is trying to fix itself. I am not familiar with Vista. When I was in school I learned to work with XP, so it amazes me that I am having such a hard time finding the correct way to fix this stupid program so that I can pull off my files and then wipe the hard drive and put Linux on it. I have about 8G of music on the hard drive and some of it is irreplaceable.

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#4
March 12, 2009 at 03:18:40

... USB 2.5" Laptop Hard Drive Cases, Laptop Hard Drive Caddy's. Laptop Hard Drive Enclosures are worth having.

... you can hook up to your friends desktop/laptop retrieve your files for a few bucks.

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#5
March 12, 2009 at 05:47:12

I know that the problem lies with the disk controller not working. That is in the bios, but I can't even get to safe mode.

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#6
March 15, 2009 at 12:19:57

"...I know that the problem lies with the disk controller..."

... can you enter "safe mode with command prompt" ?

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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