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Old 11-08-2009, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The quick gist: There was a storm this morning, the power went out for a minute, but when it came back on the computer was working fine. A few hours later I catch the monitor flashing the blue screen of death and the system restarts, and when it does I get an error saying no boot disc detected. I checked my BIOS and it appears the boot order was changed, so I fixed that, but I found I wasn't able to get past the XP logo before the system would restart again. Would not go into safe mode. Would not roll back either. I eventually put in my system restore DVD, but rather than allowing me to do a soft restore, or giving me the option to do a full restore with back up (which it normally would allow) it went right into prepping the drive to be formatted for a full restore. When I realized what was going on I ejected the DVD and canceled the format.

I swapped the drives around and re-installed XP on a second hard drive, which I am using now to look at the original drive. When I try to browse the original drive, I get the error "F:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."

I feared that all was gone, but perhaps not. I tried out this program called Active Partition Recovery and it is telling me that all of my files are still intact in this partition. I can browse folders, see the files, but I can't copy them to the new disc. I need help, either restoring the original partition so I may copy the folders, or some program that will let me do what Active Partition Recovery isn't; copy the folders to the new drive.

Any help, and I mean ANY help, will be appreciated. Thank you.

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Check out this thread.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That solution says it is for Windows Server 2003. I tried it anyway but it didn't help. I checked and I don't even have the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\MountMgr\NoAutoMount registry. Thanks for the help though. Anymore ideas?
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Can you access properties on the drive in question?
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes I can.
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Did you try anything else that was mentioned in the linked thread, including the information provided that already worked? Trying to access a RAW Drive in Windows is like trying to do open heart surgery when the doctor is a newborn and they are using nothing but dull spoons.

You are better off finding decent Recovery software and just creating a new partition. It will be less painful than trying to access the RAW data.

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