How do I recover documents from my hard drive

April 10, 2011 at 12:06:42
Specs: Windows 7
My laptop (Dell Inspiron 1550) sends an error message that it will not open windows becauuse it will corrupt it if you continue to start the computer. It suggest to shutdown and reload Windows XP's original discs. I have been told I need to get all of my documents off of the computer first so I will not lose them. I cnnot find these documents? I have been told they are not lost completely thaey will be on the hard drive. How do I retieve a whole semester's work and my personal writings ? Where do I look and How can I retrieve this information which is so valuable to me? HELP!!!!! Thank you anyone Out there....Scarlett in MS

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#1
April 10, 2011 at 12:25:29
Are you running XP or Windows 7?

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#2
April 10, 2011 at 12:42:54
Windows XP - Thanks !

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#3
April 10, 2011 at 13:09:20
Repeat Postings is not allowed. So someone removed your recent one.
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ERRORS:
missing or corrupt : \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM, or
missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE, or
Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting
That is basically used to recover data, as it states.


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#4
April 10, 2011 at 13:09:27
Try booting into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key when booting. If you can get into Safe Mode, you can copy your stuff you don't want to loose to a jump dirve / cd or whatever media you have. Do you have xp disks? If not, your computer should have a recovery partition on it. You can access it by tapping a certain key when you boot up. See if you can use safe mode first.

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#5
April 11, 2011 at 12:50:56
Before I made any attempt to correct it I would use a live cd/usb or network boot to an LIVE OS.

There is bartsPE if you want to make it on another computer. It is really windows and you should be able to boot to a bartsPE cd and use it to copy files off to some place.

Almost every linux at distrowatch.com has a live cd to boot to and it is simple enough for most people to boot to and get your data off.

Lastly is something like netboot.me. You use a cd or floppy to boot your computer to a network OS. Kind of slow but you don't need to build a cd. Then copy data off.

Then I'd work on a repair.

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#6
April 11, 2011 at 12:52:20
You could try the safe mode boot too just to get data off. Problem is that it may or may not let you use usb external or network media.

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#7
May 2, 2011 at 13:11:10
You can use Emergency Boot CD (EBCD) to copy your files to USB HDD or other removable disk
http://www.prime-expert.com/ebcd/

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