Vista boot problem, possible hard drive issue?

Microsoft Windows vista home premium - 3...
March 21, 2012 at 07:12:52
Specs: Vista Home Premium, Core Duo 2.33, 2GB
A friend of mine brought his laptop over the other night saying windows wouldn’t start. I turned it on and immediately text starting flying down the screen followed by it running some tests and then going to the windows startup screen, which shows the loading bar, but never went any further.
My initial though when any one gives me a computer to look at was virus, get to safe mode and go from there, well even though I got to the safe mode selection/start window, that wouldn’t start either.
Now I tried doing a windows restore but he never created a restore point so then I booted to his vista os disk and was going to do a repair from there but at no point would it see the hard drive. This leads me to believe the hard drive is shot and need replacing but I just thought I’d if anyone has any other ideas?

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March 21, 2012 at 10:30:36
Sounds like the same problem I had, I accidentally tripped over the power cable of my laptop and it dropped from the table. Not to long after I had the same problem but I could at least make a backup of my data in time. After I started up the PC for a few times in safe mode, trying to fix the problem, I also couldn't start up in safe mode. Replacing the hard drive solved all my problems.

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March 21, 2012 at 11:43:54
So can I ask how you backed up your data?

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March 21, 2012 at 17:10:30
Try a Live Linux CD, such as Puppy Linux or Knoppix. These run from just the RAM and CD. If the HD is reasonable you should be able to access your own files and drag them onto a Flash Drive.

You would need to use the image burning feature on another computer (most burner software has this, or there are free programs).

You then ensure the CD is ahead of the HD in BIOS in the dud computer and boot up with it in the drive. After a little bit of fiddling around answering a few questions Linux will arrive. It won't alter anything in Windows.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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