reformatting without losing data

October 29, 2009 at 17:44:07
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb
my computyer has both linux and xp on it, but it wont boot from either one of them, and neither will it go into safemode, how do i reinstall windows xp without having to lose all data, cause i cannot lose my work , i will be killed if i do !!!! , any body help????

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October 29, 2009 at 17:57:06
The subject title, reformatting without losing data is more of a wishful thinking. It doesn't happen. Format a hard drive is always destructive - it wipe clean all data.


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October 30, 2009 at 11:10:42
More importantly, I'd fix whatever was causing your system to not boot.

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October 30, 2009 at 11:23:42
Boot your xp cd and go into recovery console. Run fixboot and fixmbr then see if you can't get in. If not then proceed to a repair install [not new install].

Google xp repair install for the how to. It won't touch your data.

Last thing you want to do is format your drive. Doing so will lose all info.

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