|BSOD Laptop - Retrieve Data - Remove Partitions - Clean Install?|
Greetings to all -
When my son came home from college with his BSOD Acer laptop (see original thread of 12/5 - Trying to Do a Repair Install - Comes up with Partition Page), I was finally able to check things out for myself. This is what I discovered:
1) I did a memory stick test (using memtest86+ on a CD-RW image) - both sticks are good.
2) I then changed boot priority order to the CD-ROM and inserted the Windows XP Pro Install CD.
3) Following the "press in any key to continue", and the list of drivers, etc., the Partition Page immediately came up (not the blue screen for setup):
C: Partition1 (NTFS) 16,496 MB (989 MB free)
D: Partition2 (unknown) 59,820 MB (59,820 MB free)
Since the Windows XP Pro was in the C Drive, I clicked "enter" and discovered that there was not enough space to even install Windows.
Apparently, when the Microsoft technician originally installed the XP Pro (I had an uninstall done for Vista at the same time), he did partitions, only allocating the above amount, leaving almost 90,000 MB "free". Is this correct?
What I surmise from this (and I'm not sure this is my only option) is that I must delete the partitions and do a clean install after pulling off all the files/folders, etc. and placing them on a flash drive. I ordered a 16 GB stick, and am now looking for a freeware data retrieval program. I looked at the Knoppix/Ubuntu websites, but they seem to be a suite of software programs, community, etc., and I was not able to find a specific data retrieval software at either site. If anyone could provide an actual website location of a good data retrieval/recovery freeware program(s), I would appreciate it.
Also, I am unclear as to how this really works. After downloading the program onto my working computer, how do I transfer a working/installed program onto a CD-RW so that I can boot from the CD and open up the laptop's contents? Additionally, does the CD program recognize the flash drive in the USB port and transfer it to the memory stick?
My apologies for my lack of knowledge about this - I would appreciate any information that could help me successfully get this laptop up and running.