windows xp will not load on my high spec del computer.

By emporiolibelula ·
Windows hangs on the loading screen. I have run the express test etc. on the system setup options. They point to the fact that my primary hard disk (running on two)has incorrectable data errors. I am aware that dell advise that this is irrepairable but I feel that I must be able to access some of the disk as only a few blocks were thrown up as being bad. I have some files that are not backed up on the hard disk so do not want to jump to buying a new hard disk and starting from scratch. Does anyone know how I might be able to load windows from a usb or cd in order to get to my existing damaged hard drives and see what is recoverable?

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Try Spinrite

by SKDTech In reply to windows xp will not load ...

Spinrite will attempt to repair the drives and usually works flawlessly provided the problem is not in the hardware portion of the drive.

Another option would be to use a Linux LiveCD to boot up the PC and attempt to copy the files over to a backup drive.

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Here's another option for recovering data.

by Ron K. In reply to windows xp will not load ...

Remove the drive, place it into a USB caddy and plug it into another computer to retrieve data. The last I looked external USB cases/caddies cost 5 bucks. They're great to have for data backup once you get up and running again. <br>
What do you mean, "running on two"?

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Boot to UBCD4Win

by DMambo In reply to windows xp will not load ...

If you can create an Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, you can boot to a CD/RAM-based Windows environment and copy file from the HDD to a flash drive.

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