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Backup Drive When Windows Is Corrupted

By gsparx25 ·
Hi,

I recently got a trojan on my computer, Onecare decided that my subscription had run out so I was unprotected for a couple days until I noticed. The trojan has corrupted one of my Vista boot files, the notorious ntoskrnl.exe. I know I probably wont be able to fix it. I only have a system restore disk, not a Windows install disk, but I want to backup my files before I do my complete restore. I have another drive, its internal (connected from esata to sata into my pc) and it has about 200gb left on it. The drive I want to backup is only 80gb. I tried using the command prompt to copy the files, but the xcopy /e command I used started, and then my other drive stopped being recognized. I got the trial of Acronis's bootable backup disk thing, and I can get it to work, but the trial wont let me back it up. I'm thinking of using the UBCD for windows, once it downloads. Are there any free programs that will let me backup my files without loading into windows? Or, even better, do you know how to fix my ntoskrnl.exe? Any help appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Backup Drive When Windows ...

Here is a link to How to Repair Vista Startup.
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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html
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The Windows Vista Recovery CD can be used to Boot your PC.
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<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>
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http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=622
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<b>Download from here:</b>
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http://coblitz.codeen.org/neosmart.net/downloads/guides/Vista_Repair/Vista_Recovery_Disc_x86.iso
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Boot from the CD and follow the previous instructions.
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Startup Repair is an automated repair process that scans your Vista installation for problems and attempts to automatically fix them. When you select to repair Vista from the Vista setup screen, and Vista detects problems, this process will be started automatically.
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Recovery CD didn't work

by gsparx25 In reply to Try this

I actually have the recovery CD, that was the only way I was able to access my drives with the command prompt. I ran the repair, but all it found was that the ntoskrnl.exe was corrupt, and it couldn't fix it. I am running NimbleX (A version of Linux) off of a live cd right now. I tried just a standard copy of some of the files I needed most, but after it finished copying, it was almost like other drive wasn't connected. It wouldn't open any of my folders, saying it couldn't find them. A similar thing happened when I tried to just dump all my files onto my other drive in command prompt. Maybe I'm having a drive problem? But the corrupt vista installation is not on the drive that is becoming unrecognizable. Maybe I should just clarify the drives so it doesn't get confusing. My original drive, drive c:, is the one with vista on it, and the one I'm trying to get the data off of. My other drive, e: is the one I'm trying to put the data on. It is connected via esata to sata into my mobo. All I really need to do is backup my C: drive so I can do a clean install of vista. Any help appreciated, sorry for the long post.

thanks

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See how you go with this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Recovery CD didn't work

Remove the second SATA Drive until you get your main Drive working.
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Boot from the Vista DVD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt. Type in chkdsk c:/r and Press Enter.
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If that doesn't work try this.
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http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3029000&SiteID=17
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I don't have a full vista installation cd

by gsparx25 In reply to See how you go with this

I would try to copy the files as stated in the second forum you sent me to, but I looked in the vista fix cd that I have (not a full vista install) and the files that I needed are not there. I might be able to borrow a full install from a friend, in the meantime, I'm backing up (basically copying and pasting, probably not going to help a ton) my c: drive to my e: through NimbleX. Kinda a hassle. Thanks for the help, any more suggestions are welcome.

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You should be OK

by Jacky Howe In reply to I don't have a full vista ...

if you can get to the command prompt with the Recovery CD. The driver files that you need to replace are in the drivers folder copy them across to system32 to replace the ones in there. There isn't actually anything wrong with ntoskrnl.exe.
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< afterthought you could use your linux CD. >
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There not there.

by gsparx25 In reply to You should be OK

The only folders on the disk are a boot folder, a sources folder, and a bootmgr file. Inside the boot folder there are a bcd file, a boot.sdi and a bootfix.bin. In the sources folder there is a boot.wim file. If I borrowed a full vista install from a friend would I be able to find the files then?

Thanks

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The files that you need

by Jacky Howe In reply to There not there.

are on your C: Drive not on the DVD.
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Where are the files?

by gsparx25 In reply to You should be OK

For some reason it wouldn't let me reply to your most recent post so I'll do it here. Where is the ntoskrnl.exe backup file? I checked in my C drive and I couldn't find a "Drivers" folder. I did a search for ntoskrnl.exe and I found a couple, but the one I copied didn't change anything.

Thanks

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Did you copy the files from

by Jacky Howe In reply to Where are the files?

the drivers folder into system32 and try a restart. There is no backup of hal.dll and ntoskrnl.exe. I thought that you said that you are using linux to backup your files so you can do a reinstall. How are you going to reinstall if you haven't access to the Vista DVD is it on a Recovery Partition.

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Yeah

by gsparx25 In reply to Where are the files?

the windows version is the system restore disk, so I'm guessing I have a hidden partition somewhere. If I could get access to the partition, might the files that I need be there? And in the post where you sent me to the other forum, it says to restore a bunch of .sys files and such. Where do I restore them from?

Thanks

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