i had a virus and used norton to clean out and laptop went to blue screen and then started norton recovery, since then i cannot access the hard drive in the laptop or via a caddy. just says unable to load driver...any help would be great as the files are very important
Well Knoppix is realy a linux OS you can burn a cd on a different computer and then start the computer with the problem running Linux, and then you can copy all of your data to a flash drive or dvd.... First I would try to boot the machine up with a windows disk and try the repair option. what are you running xp vista 7?
i have already tried via the windows disc (windows 7 ultimate) and all i get is some message saying unable to connect and check cable/
have changed all the options in the bios for boot start up to make sure its from hard drive as all forums state that if stating to check cable to make sure your not booting from network.
also tried the recovery cd, boot cd and now i have taken out the hard drive i cannot access
i am convinced this is due to to norton as i have this happening elsewhere on a forum but am unable to remember where.
i just need to write the boot files back to the drive somehow if that is possible ?
Here is a link to BARTPC (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/). It makes a disc with all the files to start the computer. It is an OS on a disc. It also has utilities to let you access your HD and then you can copy out to another storage device what you want to keep. Hope it is helpful.
you can remove the hard drive and put it into an enclosure.Plug it into your new PC as a slave.Then you can copy your files off it.
If it shows up in 'my computer' as a drive letter(like E: drive) but you can't access it,you can recover your data with data recovery program.Tenorshare data recovery is a professional one that can recover data after deeply scanning your hard drive to look for lost data due to drives crash, system sabotage, virus attack,etc.You can get it here: http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/datarecoverypr...
After you recover your data,you can format it to check out whether it can be fixed.
Can get it recognized?
Turn the computer off without the external hard drive being plugged in.
plug the external hard drive in a usb port, power up, the systems post boot up will find the drive and inform windows what hardware is installed.
When windows boots up, it will look at all the hardware and find the external hard drive, when windows finishes booting up you should be able to see the drive.