Solved Won't boot inf corrupted

August 2, 2012 at 02:26:04
Specs: Windows XP
I had a power outage due to storms in the area. Lost power supply on my acer S280 I can only guess that the storm caused my proplems
Bought new power supply. When I tried to boot up I got message to insert disk. I don’t have the original disk as I bought the computer at a school surplus sale. I do have an XP disk
When I inserted it I got message inf file corrupt or missing. If it had booted, it appears that it might have formatted the drive. I don’t want to lose my files
I had an external HD plugged in. I tried installing it .
Got the same answer
So the questions are:
Are both my Hd’s dead. Would the power problem have done both of them in?
Is there a way to boot without losing my data.
If HD’s are dead, Is there a file recovery tool (free) that I can use to recover files?

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#1
August 2, 2012 at 15:14:36
When does this error message appear? After you login? Before Windows loads?

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#2
August 2, 2012 at 18:16:55
Nothing loads except prompt DEL; press F12 to enter setup

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#3
August 2, 2012 at 18:57:29
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Then after that screen you get the message? Try pressing F8 repeatedly when you turn on the computer. Does a list of options appear?

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#4
August 3, 2012 at 08:15:04
Thank you very much for your offer of help. I just found out that my nephew has extensive experience in recovering data from dead hard drives. I'm sending them to him. I was afraid to get into BIOS for fear I might make a mistake that would destroy any chance of recovery

I see that you are 14 years old. I am 78. I think it is wonderful that you are willing to share your knowledge. You have a long, successful career ahead of you. Good luck in all that you do


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#5
August 3, 2012 at 11:24:04
Thank you! Some things can be changed in the BIOS that will really mess up computers, but almost all of them are reversible. The power surge might have destroyed your hard drive, I just can't be sure.

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#6
August 3, 2012 at 13:14:55
thank you again. I'm hopomg my nephew can save my files

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