windows xp pci.sys BSOD

November 20, 2011 at 20:26:24
Specs: Windows XP
My hard drive won't boot passed the windows xp splash screen. When I go to repair it via the the xp installer cd, I get a BSOD with the file PCI.sys The most prominent fix I think I've seen is people slipstreaming winxp SP2 to rid themselves of the problem. But doesn't that wipe away your data on that drive? I just want to retrieve whatever I have on the drive. Anyone know of a way I could do that?

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November 22, 2011 at 03:10:43
"I just want to retrieve whatever I have on the drive. Anyone know of a way I could do that?"
Slave your HD to another HD/comp ( no need to bolt it in, just cable it & leave it outside the case ) You may have a choice of jumper settings on the master HD, such as master with slave or ms. Copy your stuff ( don't forget your emails & address book ) onto the host HD or other media.

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November 22, 2011 at 11:57:31
Thanks for the reply John.

I don't know why I didn't try to slave it before. I plugged both my HDs (my windows 7 works while my xp HD does not). It didn't ask me which HD I wanted to boot from first, it automatically went to the win7 splash screen, but then it just sat there and didn't do anything. I unplugged the winxp HD and booted into win7. After everything loaded on my desktop I plugged in my winxp HD, then nothing would work, I could only move my mouse on the desktop. After unplugging the winxp HD it seemed to unfreeze all the tasks it seemed to have queued up (like trying to open up task manager, clicking the start button) on my win7 desktop. Weird...Any other ideas?

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November 22, 2011 at 14:03:50
"Weird...Any other ideas?"
Not without knowing your details about both drives ( your's & the other comp )

Are they IDE or Sata drive or other?

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