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July 21, 2004 7:16:54 AM

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Help please.
Just today my HP notebook gave me a blue screen, I restarted, and now
my hard drive is corrupt! I cannot boot up, I can't run recovery
console, chkdsk won't run when I try to boot. I tried running some
OnTrack easy recovery software, well it was like a diagnostic demo off
their site. Anyways, it failed all the tests it ran and won't even
recognize the partition. It just fails all the tests. I'm at a loss
for what to do now. Is may data recoverable? I'm still under warranty
so I know I can just get a new hard drive, but I really need my data
(obviously!) Thanks for any advice you can provide.
Anonymous
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July 23, 2004 2:50:24 AM

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"Justin Hinerman" <justin@hinerman.net> wrote in message
news:172bc99e.0407210216.3854aa71@posting.google.com...
> Help please.
> Just today my HP notebook gave me a blue screen, I restarted, and now
> my hard drive is corrupt! I cannot boot up, I can't run recovery
> console, chkdsk won't run when I try to boot. I tried running some
> OnTrack easy recovery software, well it was like a diagnostic demo off
> their site. Anyways, it failed all the tests it ran and won't even
> recognize the partition. It just fails all the tests. I'm at a loss
> for what to do now. Is may data recoverable? I'm still under warranty
> so I know I can just get a new hard drive, but I really need my data
> (obviously!) Thanks for any advice you can provide.
Have you tried recovery console from WinXP CD? Have you tried a repair from
the CD?
Mike.
Anonymous
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July 26, 2004 7:07:41 PM

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Justin ,
if you are unable to repair your xp install you might be able to
access the files and copy them using knoppix . it boots and runs from
the cd without using the hard disk . i have seen posts at hp's
pavilion forum reporting success using it .
good luck ,
terry

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Anonymous
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July 26, 2004 7:14:22 PM

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In article <4105567d$1_3@news.athenanews.com>,
terry_b17 <terry_b17@juno-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote:
>Justin ,
>if you are unable to repair your xp install you might be able to
>access the files and copy them using knoppix . it boots and runs from
>the cd without using the hard disk . i have seen posts at hp's
>pavilion forum reporting success using it .
>good luck ,
>terry
>
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Yup. I've burned my documents and mail folders onto a CDR from an XP
system that was unbootable with Knoppix. You need a decent amount of
memory since Knoppix is a RAMdisk (I hate that phrase) based.

Knoppix will also probably detect an ethernet card, if there
is one and you can copy files to another system, but that's
a little technical unless you know Linux really well.

You can hook the disk up as the secondary disk on another PC (same
operating system version or later) and get the files off that war.
--
Al Dykes
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adykes at p a n i x . c o m
Anonymous
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July 28, 2004 2:10:19 PM

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Yeah Mike, I've tried all that and more.
I'm now trying some software called Spinrite. Its going on 100 hours
with like 1000 hours left to go, but it appears to be fixing it. It
really is my last resort. Thanks.

"Michael Hawes" <michael.hawes1remove@tiscali.co.uk> wrote in message news:<410036bb_1@mk-nntp-2.news.uk.tiscali.com>...
> "Justin Hinerman" <justin@hinerman.net> wrote in message
> news:172bc99e.0407210216.3854aa71@posting.google.com...
> > Help please.
> > Just today my HP notebook gave me a blue screen, I restarted, and now
> > my hard drive is corrupt! I cannot boot up, I can't run recovery
> > console, chkdsk won't run when I try to boot. I tried running some
> > OnTrack easy recovery software, well it was like a diagnostic demo off
> > their site. Anyways, it failed all the tests it ran and won't even
> > recognize the partition. It just fails all the tests. I'm at a loss
> > for what to do now. Is may data recoverable? I'm still under warranty
> > so I know I can just get a new hard drive, but I really need my data
> > (obviously!) Thanks for any advice you can provide.
> Have you tried recovery console from WinXP CD? Have you tried a repair from
> the CD?
> Mike.
Anonymous
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July 29, 2004 2:12:06 AM

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What else do you propose?

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Anonymous
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July 29, 2004 4:20:59 AM

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"Justin Hinerman" <justin@hinerman.net> wrote in message news:172bc99e.0407280910.6cdcfa13@posting.google.com...
> Yeah Mike, I've tried all that and more.
> I'm now trying some software called Spinrite. Its going on 100 hours
> with like 1000 hours left to go, but it appears to be fixing it.

All it will ever fix is (very few) bad blocks that are recoverable
by sheer tenacity. If the important missing data (MBR bootsectors
FATs, whatever) is not among them then that won't help you any.

> It really is my last resort.

Of course it isn't.

> Thanks.
>
> "Michael Hawes" <michael.hawes1remove@tiscali.co.uk> wrote in message news:<410036bb_1@mk-nntp-2.news.uk.tiscali.com>...
> > "Justin Hinerman" <justin@hinerman.net> wrote in message news:172bc99e.0407210216.3854aa71@posting.google.com...
> > > Help please.
> > > Just today my HP notebook gave me a blue screen, I restarted, and now
> > > my hard drive is corrupt! I cannot boot up, I can't run recovery
> > > console, chkdsk won't run when I try to boot. I tried running some
> > > OnTrack easy recovery software, well it was like a diagnostic demo off
> > > their site. Anyways, it failed all the tests it ran and won't even
> > > recognize the partition. It just fails all the tests. I'm at a loss
> > > for what to do now. Is may data recoverable? I'm still under warranty
> > > so I know I can just get a new hard drive, but I really need my data
> > > (obviously!) Thanks for any advice you can provide.
> > Have you tried recovery console from WinXP CD? Have you tried a repair from
> > the CD?
> > Mike.
Anonymous
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July 29, 2004 12:04:56 PM

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Justin ,
if you go to http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/
they have instructions on using knoppix for file recovery from
unbootable windows drives . the knoppix runs from the cd and does not
install anything on your hd .
hope this helps,
terry

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Anonymous
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July 29, 2004 2:09:26 PM

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I was really addressing Folkert Rienstra, but I appreciate your
assistance.

Knoppix doesn't even recognize the drive after I boot using the cd. It
hangs when I try to access it, or sometimes it won't recognize the
drive at all.

I'm still running Spinrite, I'll let you know how that turns out.
Thanks!

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Anonymous
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July 29, 2004 8:54:08 PM

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"jhiner" <justin@hinerman-dot-net.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message news:41090516_2@news.athenanews.com
> I was really addressing Folkert Rienstra,

Then maybe you should post your reply messages like all other people post them.

> but I appreciate your assistance.
>
> Knoppix doesn't even recognize the drive after I boot using the cd. It
> hangs when I try to access it, or sometimes it won't recognize the
> drive at all.
>
> I'm still running Spinrite, I'll let you know how that turns out.
> Thanks!
>
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Anonymous
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July 30, 2004 2:07:14 AM

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> Then maybe you should post your reply messages like all other people
post them.

Do you have any other suggestions for me? You said that spinrite
wasn't my last resort, well what else do you propose? thanks.

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Anonymous
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August 3, 2004 3:07:44 AM

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Spinrite is taking care of it.

Thanks Rookie.

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