Vista eMachine desktop Hard Drive Error?

November 25, 2011 at 15:23:21
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium
Working with an Emachines T5230. Runs Vista Home Premium. System will start to load, but I recieve a boot failure message. Attempt to run a Vista Recovery disc and it cant detect the hard drive to boot it up, however it will let me search for drivers which means in some capacity it is still reading it. I am now attempting to load Ubuntu onto the computer so I can back everything up to my external hard drive before I go any further and lose 10 years worth of Digital pictures.

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November 25, 2011 at 15:55:14
Use a Live Linux version or if it allows it, run it from the DVD and do not install it while you are saving your files/pictures, it is the best chance you have of saving all or most of your files without overwriting anything.
Take this as a lesson to always back up anything you would be upset if you lost and use a completely separate drive or medium.
Use the hard drive utility offered online by your hard drive manufacturer (or the more universal SeaTools by SeaGate) and test your hard drive (after saving files). If the problem(s) are minor, it may be repairable, otherwise replace the drive if anything serious shows up (I just might replace the drive either way).
If the drive is good, or the program experiences any problems running, your problem might just really be a memory problem, if so, then run Memtest86 to verify this and replace as needed (you actually might want to do this first since memory problems can appear as a drive/boot problem, especially if you have had any unusual freezes or restarts lately that may have appeared randomly)

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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November 25, 2011 at 18:47:51
Thanks for advise on the memory issue, it has been doing that, and that is alot cheaper than a replacement hard drive

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