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scissorhands7
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10/7/2008 4:11:34 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Laptop Hard Drive too corrupted to reformat on your computer?
Using this neat little tool you can take out your laptops corrupted hard drive, plug it into this, and plug it into a working computer. You can then ghost it if its too corrupt to recover your data, and fix any major problems on this.

This will make your hard drive like an external drive

http://www.newegg.com...

Below is an untested Data Recovery tool. Its been tested by other users and received a 4/5. There are no limitations and the only complaints I had seen were uninstall/install problems with the program and it seemed to come from unadvanced users. I'll check it out when my little tool that I ordered above arrives. I have a corrupted hard drive I have to fix for a client this week so I'll let everyone know how it works.

http://www.download.com...

If this works very poorly for you here is another one that is pretty cheap.
http://www.download.com...
$40 which is pretty good for a data recovery console. Most reviews are excellent.

Let me know if you guys have some other must have tools.
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s0m31john
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10/7/2008 4:48:11 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Always keep a Linux Live CD on hand, they come in handy when someone's Window's box won't boot, and they want data off of it. I've been saved by an Ubuntu Live CD numerous times.
scissorhands7
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10/7/2008 5:45:31 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
I could not agree more, Linux is an excellent program for this.

The problem with the hard drive I have is that the MBR is corrupted to the point where the hard drive isn't even registered in the BIOS

I'm very sure it was an MBR virus that corrupted a good bit of the hard drive.
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10/7/2008 5:50:03 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
My dad's laptop is pretty F*ed up.

I just tried installing Ubuntu, which would include reformatting the hard drive. Unfortunately it errored before I got to that step.

When I run it through windows, it starts up to the main screen, gets all nice and cozy, then goes to BSOD.
scissorhands7
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10/7/2008 7:00:23 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/7/2008 5:50:03 PM, Sweatingjojo wrote:
My dad's laptop is pretty F*ed up.

I just tried installing Ubuntu, which would include reformatting the hard drive. Unfortunately it errored before I got to that step.

When I run it through windows, it starts up to the main screen, gets all nice and cozy, then goes to BSOD.

There's a number of things you can do.

1. Try running your notebook in safemode. Before entering the bios press F8

When your computer is starting up, repeatedly press F8 and try booting from safemode with command prompt. If this works on the command prompt. Press chkdsk/f

Then press Y and press enter and restart your comp. If this fixes the computer great, if not then there's a whole slew of other things you can do.

Also try putting in your xp or vista disk and pressing R to repair. In the prompt (xp) type fixboot and press enter. See if any of these options fixes the problem. If your still stuck you can try reformatting the computer through the vista or xp disks.

If you want to save your memory then just buy the tool up above. 40 bucks isn't that bad for recovering all your data.

How to get your hard drive out of your laptop seems to be a little bit more difficult task. If its a dell it should be pretty easy.

Check this video

If it is not a dell check for a similar feature on your laptop. If no dice then here you go.

Tell me if safemode works or not
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scissorhands7
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10/7/2008 7:39:28 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
http://www.pcloginnow.com...
If you lose your password the above iso file will delete your password and allow you to log into windows without a password

Just burn this ISO file to a CD and your good

http://www.ubuntu.com...
Ubuntu is another great utility as mentioned above, here is the .ISO file

If you have blank CD's just burn these ISO files to a cd and your good
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Logical-Master
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10/7/2008 11:47:58 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Alright so I'm having problems with my laptop (not a Mac). Every time I turn it on, it will load and then go to the "Windows is starting" screen but it will just remain on that screen no matter how long I wait. I'm not exactly computer literate, but is there anything I can do without shelling out any cash?
Logical-Master
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10/7/2008 11:50:37 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Actually, I take that back. I would say that I'm above the level of a novice when it concerns computer literacy. Still, the point I'm establishing is that I'm most certainly not close to the level of an expert.
scissorhands7
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10/8/2008 6:43:16 AM
Posted: 8 years ago
Of course there is LM, I do this kinda repair for my biz.

If it gets passed the OS screen and gets to the Windows is starting screen this tells me a couple things.

1. Your OS itself isn't corrupt to the point where it wont startup.
2. Your system might not be corrrupt itself it could just be your login itself that is corrupt.

Here's what I reccommend you do.

Have your computer shut off. Press the power button and hit F8 repeatedly. Select windows safemode, or if that doesnt start windows safemode with command prompt. When it asks who you want to logon s go "administrator"

If you can get to safemode you can do a number of things to help your comp. One of them is chkdsk/r

Go to start - run - and type cmd

in this black box type in chkdsk/f
Then press enter
then press y
then press enter.

Upon restart windows should try and repair the problem.

Do this a couple times. If it doesn't work then dont fear, there are plenty of other fixes. Try your system restore option in windows.

While in safemode (if you can get there)
Go to start - run - type msconfig

A Window should appear. Keep on the current tab and look for button in the center bottom called system restore. Run this and just pick an earlier restore date (should be bolded)

If this doesn't work as well still keep your calm.

Try installing AVG free virus scanner and AVG free rootkit scanner.
Let me know if they detect anything.
http://www.download.com...

Also try downloading Stinger and running it as well.
http://www.download.com...

Also download the rootkit scanner for AVG
http://www.softpedia.com...

Also post the Hijack this log here and I'll take a look.
http://www.download.com...

Shut down your computer and start it again. Press F2 or a similar button on your computer to enter "Setup" normally this is F2. If you are unsure of the correct button google how to get from Bios from a (your brand) laptop.

Then you want to find your boot menu and change it so that you boot from your cd before your hard drive. You can usually find a "boot menu" or "boot sequence" or "boot" tab.

Listed you should see a hard drive, floppy drive, removable drive, CD/DVD drive, etc.

Look at the bottom for instructions on how to make your CD drive your primary boot.

Then exit your BIOS by saving and exiting. Make sure you have your original OS disk in the drive.

Press any key "example: A" to boot from your CD.

Your Cd should take a little while to load.

Then press R for repair.

You should select your correct OS and press enter for the administrator password (usually there isn't one unless you set it)

You'll then get to a command prompt.

Try the following commands and tell me if you get a result

chkdsk /r
fixboot
fixmbr

If this doesn't work restart your computer and boot from CD again.

This time press Enter to install then press F8 to accept the license agreement. Scroll over your OS and press R to repair install

If this doesn't work then you'll have to reformat your drive. You will lose your data by doing this so If you want to save your data follow the above steps in my post on taking apart your laptop buy that hard drive to USB adapter. Use the data recovery tool on a working computer to save your files then put the hard drive back in.

Delete your partition and Quick reformat it using NTFS file system. Then install XP over top of it and your drivers and load your information back on from your other comp.
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Logical-Master
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10/8/2008 4:32:19 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 10/8/2008 6:43:16 AM, scissorhands7 wrote:
Of course there is LM, I do this kinda repair for my biz.

If it gets passed the OS screen and gets to the Windows is starting screen this tells me a couple things.

1. Your OS itself isn't corrupt to the point where it wont startup.
2. Your system might not be corrrupt itself it could just be your login itself that is corrupt.


Here's what I reccommend you do.

Have your computer shut off. Press the power button and hit F8 repeatedly. Select windows safemode, or if that doesnt start windows safemode with command prompt. When it asks who you want to logon s go "administrator"

If you can get to safemode you can do a number of things to help your comp. One of them is chkdsk/r

Go to start - run - and type cmd

in this black box type in chkdsk/f
Then press enter
then press y
then press enter.

Upon restart windows should try and repair the problem.

Do this a couple times. If it doesn't work then dont fear, there are plenty of other fixes. Try your system restore option in windows.

While in safemode (if you can get there)
Go to start - run - type msconfig

A Window should appear. Keep on the current tab and look for button in the center bottom called system restore. Run this and just pick an earlier restore date (should be bolded)

If this doesn't work as well still keep your calm.

Try installing AVG free virus scanner and AVG free rootkit scanner.
Let me know if they detect anything.
http://www.download.com...

Also try downloading Stinger and running it as well.
http://www.download.com...

Also download the rootkit scanner for AVG
http://www.softpedia.com...

Also post the Hijack this log here and I'll take a look.
http://www.download.com...

Shut down your computer and start it again. Press F2 or a similar button on your computer to enter "Setup" normally this is F2. If you are unsure of the correct button google how to get from Bios from a (your brand) laptop.

Then you want to find your boot menu and change it so that you boot from your cd before your hard drive. You can usually find a "boot menu" or "boot sequence" or "boot" tab.

Listed you should see a hard drive, floppy drive, removable drive, CD/DVD drive, etc.

Look at the bottom for instructions on how to make your CD drive your primary boot.

Then exit your BIOS by saving and exiting. Make sure you have your original OS disk in the drive.

Press any key "example: A" to boot from your CD.

Your Cd should take a little while to load.

Then press R for repair.

You should select your correct OS and press enter for the administrator password (usually there isn't one unless you set it)

You'll then get to a command prompt.

Try the following commands and tell me if you get a result

chkdsk /r
fixboot
fixmbr

If this doesn't work restart your computer and boot from CD again.

This time press Enter to install then press F8 to accept the license agreement. Scroll over your OS and press R to repair install

If this doesn't work then you'll have to reformat your drive. You will lose your data by doing this so If you want to save your data follow the above steps in my post on taking apart your laptop buy that hard drive to USB adapter. Use the data recovery tool on a working computer to save your files then put the hard drive back in.

Delete your partition and Quick reformat it using NTFS file system. Then install XP over top of it and your drivers and load your information back on from your other comp.

Thanks for the information. I'm going to give your methods a shot later tonight.

Though just so that I may know, how can I download any of those programs onto CPU if it won't start up?
scissorhands7
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10/8/2008 5:20:49 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
Use a workable computer and download them onto a USB drive.

If you can get into safemode (the one without command prompt) then you will be able to use these programs, if not the best you can do is use the rest of the info I gave you. However check in with me before you reformat your hard drive
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I hang out with an apple who loves self loathing....
Its my show I'm andy milonakis.
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10/9/2008 1:16:24 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
http://phoenixlabs.org...

For all you pirates out there, ARG

This is a must have.
I rock peas on my head, but don't call me a peahead, bees on my head but dont call me a beehead, bruce lees on my head but dont call me a lee head...
I hang out with an apple who loves self loathing....
Its my show I'm andy milonakis.