BSOD 0x00000024

I'm having a problem I cannot seem to fix at all. I'll provide the backstory and what steps I've tried to take to resolve the problem, but I'm literally at a place where I don't know what to do. My ultimate end goal is to just recover personal files from my old hard drive and that's it. I don't care how I access that drive, I just need to access it. The problem is I can't no matter how hard I try.

So a week ago I was having problems with my computer. Lots of blue screen errors (unfortunately I don't have those numbers anymore) and even after try to do chkdsk, running repair programs, defragging, etc., nothing seemed to help. I had a 1TB HDD partitioned into two sections. I backed up my personal files to the second partition (the one without Windows) and then tried to do a repair of the Windows installation. That didn't help, so I just wiped that first partition and did a fresh install of Windows. Everything seemed to be working great, no errors, no BSOD, nothing. So I moved back my personal files to the partition with windows on it (my second partition is where I hold all my games) and called it a night after I had gotten everything back to normal.

The next day my computer is on and it suddenly just turns itself off. When I restarted it I got a blue screen error that flashed on my screen and immediately rebooted the computer. When it tried the second time I got another BSOD, this one giving me the error of 0x00000024. I tried booting last known good config, safe mode, disk repair... seems no options can get me back into Windows.

I figured I'd boot up using the Windows 7 CD that I have, but after it loads the files and then shows the windows icon as it's booting the cd, I get the exact same BSOD. I can't understand it... how can I not even load the CD?? Just for kicks I unplugged the SATA connection to my HDD and restarted the computer... the Windows CD loaded just fine. Plugged the HDD back in, BSOD whether trying to boot the disk or the CD.

I thought there was maybe something corrupted with the Windows installation on the disk, and I was due for a computer upgrade anyways, so I ended up replacing my motherboard, new CPU, new RAM, new CD drive, two new SSDs... basically everything in my computer changed except for the case and my graphics card.

After I hook up all the hardware, I purposefully leave the old HDD unplugged. I install Windows on my new system no problem. Everything is working great on it (typing from it now). However, if I shut off the computer and plug in my old HDD (with the intent to pull the personal files/data from it) I get the EXACT same BSOD, whether I try to boot to my new Windows installation on my SSD or from the Windows 7 CD. I triple checked and my system is NOT trying to start from the old Windows installation on the HDD. But if it is plugged in I cannot get my system to start at all. I unplug the drive and everything works beautifully.

I honestly don't know what to do and I'm freaking out that I've lost years of pictures, various files, graphic design projects, etc... I know it's my own fault for not having a proper backup, but I really need some help. I tried booting up the computer and then just plugging in the old HDD while the comp is running, but nothing happens and I can't get it to show. However, the drive IS visible in BIOS, so I know the system knows it's there. Please someone tell me I have a way of pulling the data from this disk... I'm desperate.
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  1. You can recover your files from the old hard drive but you have to be able to connect it to the computer in some fashion and you say that when you do you get the BSOD. There is obvioudly something wrong with the old hard drive that makes your computer instantly BSOD
    By any chance did you ever use different cables to connect the hard drive ?
    This may be a long shot and maybe not work but at the moment it's all I can come up with. If you get an external enclosure that connects to your computer by usb it wouldd change the connecton type and maybe give you a chance to get some files off and after you could get another hard drive and use the external enclosure as a backup drive.
  2. Ha! Your solution was actually something I was JUST thinking of. Unfortunately it's late here and all the stores are closed. I'll have to run to a store tomorrow to grab an adapter.

    The problem I have right now is I can't start up Windows with the drive plugged in, and I can't get it to be recognized by Windows if I plug it in after Windows is already running. So my thought was turning it into an external drive by getting a SATA to USB adapter w/ an adapter to plug power into an external source and seeing if the computer will recognize it that way.

    I could care less about the drive... I just want some way to recognize it while Windows is running so I can extract the data I want from it.
  3. I understand and that's what I was trying to think of for a way to get the drive connected.Hope it works for you , if not post back and we'll see if there is another way.
  4. I'll post asap tomorrow once I am able to try this out. Thank you for the advice!
  5. If you set the DVD drive as the primary boot device, then and insert a bootable DVD, connect the bad HDD, and start, does the system boot from the DVD?
  6. Alexoiu, the system won't start that way. I'll set my DVD drive as primary boot, insert the Windows CD and then try and boot up the system (with that bad HDD plugged in). It will go through the process of loading the windows files, but the second it brings me to the part where it show the windows logo "forming" that is when I get the BSOD.

    It goes to BSOD on that exact moment whether I'm trying to boot up normally or trying to boot up from the windows cd.
  7. Try though with a Hiren's CD or similar and run a MBR repairing program:
  8. I bought the adapter and it did show up in the list of Hard Drives in My Computer. Unfortunately when I click on it it says I have to format in order to access (which I won't do obviously). I'm burning a Knoppix Linux Live CD to try and boot from it and pull the files that way now that I know I can access the drive externally. I will update my progress after I try this (and the CD just finished burning so time to boot!)
  9. So I can't boot the CD... well, it boots but my screen goes all haywire after it loads linux. I can hear linux working but the screen shows a jumbled white/black screen. The only other time I've ever seen that is when something has gone wrong with my graphics card. But my graphics card is fine and it only does it trying to boot that linux cd...
  10. This is AFTER linux has completed it's loading process. Almost like the display options are getting messed up when trying to use Linux.
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