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Old 06-23-2010, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently I acquired malware (not sure how as I did not visit any fishy sites nor did I accept/run any fishy email attachments), and I tried to do a bunch of fixes to get rid of it. I finally ran chkdsk in windows vista, restarted, and the laptop never booted up again.

I am given the error Invalid partition table

Can anyone here help me fix this? I booted my laptop from a partion magic boot disk, but running some of the tools (Test Disk) on that has not helped me (maybe I am running them incorrectly?).

If it matters, it is a Dell Vostro 1320 running Windows Vista basic. I cannot access the recovery partition either to format and reinstall the factory image. Maybe there is a way I can somehow create a bootable factory image DVD?
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You can take the data off the drive using a data recovery tool.
You'll need to connect the drive to another PC with its own hard drive(s) and OS though.
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You can take the data off the drive using a data recovery tool.
You'll need to connect the drive to another PC with its own hard drive(s) and OS though.
getting the data is not an issue. i just want to fix the partition table so that I can get the computer running normally again.
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try this:
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