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Old 04-03-2010, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guy i was sent a pc that has an unmountable boot volume. It is a sata II drive, when i run HDD test on it, they come back pass. There is definately a problem with it though. Windows will start to boot but when it should enter the welcome screen it crashes.

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Is it possible to get info off the drive

When i try loading mini-xp or something like that, it finds the drive but will not open it to explore. I can get reading of the size of the disk, brand all that, but i cant view a directory.

The owners just want family photos off the drive. I am out of ideas so i figured i would bring it here and see if someone had a better one.
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i would try a different PE disc like hiren's, ubcd or ubuntu. probably hiren's first.
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I used hiren's and that is where i got the mini-xp, i dont know what other program to try
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well if the hdd is damaged, it'll have to be replaced anyway.
you can install windows on the new drive and then use hiren's to make a ghost image from the old drive and extract what is needed or just hook the old drive up and pull data off file by file.
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or run ghost from hiren's with the option of breaking the files up into cd or dvd sized increments and burn like that, straight from ghost.
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