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Old 12-30-2005, 04:50 PM   #1 (Print)
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My laptop drive may be damaged - Help!

I was on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 600m) and got a phone call. Picked up the laptop can carried into my office. As I was about to put it down, it slipped and bumped pretty hard onto my desk.

My cell phone fell on top of it.

Windows was frozen. Had to power down

Now when I boot, I get

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"STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SECURITY
or its log or alternate
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable"


I just need windows up enough to back up a few important files...photos, and such.

So I read up and find instructions on going into the System Console and bringing back a default registry.

I get into the system console and try to make backup copies of the system, software, sam, security and default registry files. The Security file copy hangs, then fails ...it gets a read error.

I am running a CHKDSK /R and it is hung at 50%

I am thinking that SpinRite might help, but I don't have a floppy...can SpinRite run off of a CD, a USB stick or USB external drive (I don't know if the System Console can recognize USB)

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2005, 04:59 PM   #2 (Print)
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How about booting off of a Knoppix CD to get network access and access to the hard disk, then backing up your data over the Ethernet connection? That way you don't have to worry about getting Windows to boot at all.

Your symptoms, though, are making me think the disk was damaged and won't be usable or reliable.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:17 PM   #3 (Print)
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It's Windows XP and is formatted NTFS.....I don't think Knoppix or any Linux will be able to reliably copy from that, right?

I do have a 200GB USB drive....wonder if I could just install WIndows on that, boot off of that, then copy all my files over.

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Old 12-30-2005, 05:20 PM   #4 (Print)
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Knoppix will be able to read the NTFS partition without a problem; it is writing to NTFS where Linux has issues. I do it all the time to back data off of PCs I re-image.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:23 PM   #5 (Print)
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Can your USB external box support a 2.5 laptop drive? If so put the laptop drive in that usb ide box. Plug it into a working Win2k or XP box. Hopefully with a USB 2.0 port. If not you can probably get one pretty cheap at CompUSA or something.

You can also download boot disks from bootdisk.org or elsewhere that allow you to boot to DOS but, can read NTFS. I wasn't able to get all the drivers to work that I need so that I could copy stuff onto my usb HD though.

But, you may have better luck then me.

I been going crazy making backups of my laptop the last 2 years. My laptop HD just died one night. It was working when I went to bed but, crashed in the morning.

Or if the data is really THAT important you can send it out to be recovered. A freind of a friend used ontrack. They had a drop off place in NJ about 5 years ago.
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Old 12-30-2005, 05:25 PM   #6 (Print)
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Google for "Bart PE." That will tell you how to make a CD bootable version of Windows for recovery purposes like this. If the drive is usable you'll be able to copy files to an external drive, or across the network if Windows has built in drivers for your NIC.

You should also buy a couple of 3.5" IDE to 2.5" IDE connectors right now. That way you'll have them for the next crisis. If you had one, you could pull your hard drive out of your laptop and just drive it into a desktop Windows box and copy your files over. An external enclosure would do the same thing, I suppose.

Good luck recovering your data, Kevin.

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Old 12-30-2005, 10:14 PM   #7 (Print)
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Not looking good.

I was able to boot into Windows, and was able to copy some files, but then I started getting drive errors and couldn't copy everything.

I'm trying to run CHKDSK /R and it is at 53%...been there for a while. I do still hear the disk running.

I may just break down and buy SpinRite and give it a shot.

Thanks for the idea of the 3.5" to 2.5" connector....I will go out tomorrow and pick one up.

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