Are my personal files salvageable on the HDD

Hewlett-packard 6530b
August 21, 2010 at 17:02:47
Specs: Windows xp
My laptop suddenly froze on me so I manually shut it down. Then when I went to turn it on, it said to choose Safe Mode or Normal settings, etc. When I choose any of those modes, it starts to load but it just doesn't stop loading. It's obviously a software problem and it's a school provided laptop, so I will ask my IT technician to have a look at it. It is also under warranty. But my main concern is that I wasn't able to back up any of my files in the past 2 weeks which are all stored on the Local Disc. Does this mean, I will lose all my files?

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August 21, 2010 at 17:27:46
Can't really answer that w/o knowing if your hard drive is toast. Could very well just be a Windows problem and no, your files would be fine.

However, if it is a disk-related problem, then yes, your files could be gone.

I would boot to a live CD & see if you can access any files & copy them to another machine (before sending your computer in for service).

System rescue CD is my favorite for this task -

You could also try Knoppix or the Ubuntu live cd

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August 21, 2010 at 17:35:52
thank you so much :)
i'll try that out first

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