XP fresh install - updated XP - crashed.

November 12, 2010 at 10:24:18
Specs: XP Home Edition, Celeron D/1.5 GB
I performed a fresh install of XP Home Edition SP1 on my PC. After downloading/installing the second round of updates (the ones that includes SP2 + tons of security updates) I restarted my PC (as required after install of updates).

While the XP splash screen was being displayed, my HD made a sort of a cross of a click/grinding noise. I want to be clear that this noise isn't the one you hear when your disk spools up quickly then slows down, and repeats that. I can't think of any noises that sound similar to the one I'm hearing at the moment, if I think of one I'll tell you guys. The grind like noise could be heard 3 separate times within the matter of about 1.5 seconds, upon a 1 second delay, the same set of noises is heard and then the computer reboots.

PC was working fine before install, in terms of hardware, so I'm not sure if it's an HD failure, I want to believe it's a software problem.

Regardless, I want to retrieve my files - possibly a live program that I can boot and browse my XP partition, and copy those files over to my USB drives.

If I can restore it, that would be awesome, I want to take the safer route though, which is why I'm leaning towards a live cd, or something of that nature and capabilities...

Thanks for your time!

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November 12, 2010 at 10:48:11

Most or linux but you can find xps at the bottom of the page. There is also a means to make your own xp live cd and add in any additional programs you want.

A xp live cd with anti virus programs can be a life saver...

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November 12, 2010 at 11:28:53
I tried Linux, namely Lucid, but it would freeze upon the log-in splash screen. My burner was failing, so I couldn't burn Knoppix or anything of the sort...

However, I solved the problem!

I booted up my PC with my XP CD in the drive. It then provided the 3 options, one of them being "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R" - DO NOT CHOOSE THAT OPTION!

I went ahead and pressed Enter (To start Windows setup) and accepted the license agreement.

It was at this point where I pressed "R", to perform a recovery - i.e. copying all Windows files (I assume) which ultimately leads to a repair, considering most likely there was a lack/corruption of a specific file that might have caused XP not to boot properly.


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