I got BSOD in vista(error code 0x00008086 if you were wondering) and now every time i try to boot up vista i just get another bsod my laptop( dell xps m1530) is dual partitioned so i booted up Ubuntu 9.10 and it worked fine and it told me that my hard disk was failing and that it had "Many bad Sectors" . i ran all the usual diagnostics nothing worked vista wont boot in safe mode or anything, so i am going to get a new hard drive. I want to know if there is anyway to save both my partitions Ubuntu/vista and the files within them(the files are of extreme importance to me) without being able to get to my desktop in vista.
I appreciate the help in advance.
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maybe what you might consider is too remove the hard drive from your laptop and slave it to another computer using a product similar to this http://www.vantecusa.com/front/product/view_detail/372 and then creating a back-up by searching through the partitions. once you have completed the back-up then you can either error check the drive and allow software to exclude bad sectors or just replace the drive with a new one and reinstall both OS's. it should not take you too long to accomplish this and then you can reuse the same hard drive dock to make a permanent external storage space using any old or new SATA hard drive