Won't boot from harddrive,

Microsoft Windows vista home premium (oe...
August 10, 2010 at 22:27:15
Specs: Windows Vista
Started getting "No bootable device" message at startup on Vista. I'm aware of the recovery option, but is there a way to boot so I can save my data? I have tried the harddrive in another computer, same thing happened so it's definitely the harddrive. Is there some boot disk (XP? Other?) that would let me access the files without deleting them?

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August 11, 2010 at 00:31:34
Try a Linux LiveCD like PuppyLinux......

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August 11, 2010 at 03:21:37
Master boot record (MBR) and/or boot sector may have been damaged. Try THIS.


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August 17, 2010 at 03:05:09
So I've tried Parted Magic (Linux), and it doesn't see the harddrive at all.

I've also tried Bootrec.exe and it gives messages like "Attached device is not functioning".

Looks bad. Is there anything I can do to get the harddrive working, even just for a few minutes?

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