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Angry Computer crashed, can anyone help - September 21, 2008, 08:41 PM

I have a 2005 HP Pavillion laptop, it recently crashed, I think the hard drive is okay, just a corrupted file of some sort I think, it happened after I tried to install deamontools, then I ran a virus scan and it found to infected files, which I deleted, after the reboot, it will reboot up until the XP loading screen, then ask how I want to start it (safe mode, normal, etc) after you chose, it will restart again from the beginning.

Is anyone good with computers, I don't really care if I can get the computer up and running again, i just really really want the info. off of the hard-drive, any help on who could fix this problem? Geek squad maybe? Any advice on what I could try, I'm fairly computer smart, but really basic, thanks


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cant help ya but i feel your computer pain...i put my fist through my laptop on saturday and my router died on sunday. great weekend.


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So you started it in Safe Mode at the prompt?


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anything gets fucked up with my laptop I just reformat it .. have a different partition for data storage so I dont lose any data too .. boot up files might be corrupted


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yank the hd, transfer all valuable files to another computer or external hd, run system restore discs, start with a clean slate




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September 21, 2008, 10:21 PM

if you are backed up, then re-install windows, and if you continue to have problems then it is a hardware issue.

If you need to recover your data, then mount your drive as a slave to a desktop (you will need an adapter - I have one somewhere...) and get your data back.

Otherwise you can make your own bootdisk, put it on a thumbdrive, and boot with network support, and then you should be able to get your data back through ethernet/router. These two sites will help you with the last option:

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

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I've tried booting it in safe mode, normal mode, etc. But after the normal windows XP loading screen, it will reboot itself. So I think its a reboot issue...obviously...but I've tried pulling the hard drive and plugging it into another computer, but that didn't seem to work, the hard drive spins fine (no strange "hard drive crash noises"), and the computer recognized it, but it took ages to open the drive, so it did the whole "not responding" thing, so now I'm lost, and I'm just looking to get the files off of the drive, don't really care if the computer ever works again, just the files, can anyone help? Thanks so much


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September 22, 2008, 09:45 AM

You might need to rebuild the master boot record. Same thing happened to my friends HP, I rebuilt the MBR and it worked fine.

Since you said that you ran an anti-virus scan and it found infected files, those might have damaged the boot files.
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