Ok here is the thing, my friend's laptop got fudged.
Win XP is not booting up, so I know that i have to reinstall it, but he wants his data backuped before this.
So the only way is for me to reinstall Windows over the existing partition in hope that it will be stable enough for him to backup his data. Then normal - format - FRESH WinXP install.
But the thing is, I can't reinstall Win XP, sometimes it says: c partition 'format unknown', so there is no option to keep the existing partition but only to format (which I can't because of the data on the hdd). Other times when it reckognises the partition format, it says that it can't create folder 'windows' (during Windows installation)
Sometimes it isn't the 'windows' folder but some sub folder that can't be created. I do not know why is that happening, except maybe hdd has 'boot virus' maybe? And the process of checking the HDD during windows install is so very slow, so is the 'thing' where it checks for previous windows copies on the hdd.
Any way to backup the data?
Sorry for the mini-book I wrote.
You can buy an adapter to be able to hook the notebook HD up to a desktop's IDE controller. You can go this way to see if another computer can acess the drive. I'd be willing to bet you'll have problems though. It sounds like the drive may be dieing or the file system is corrupt (possible bad sectors on the drive.) It's worth a shot though and is fairly cheap.