help, computer won't start!

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  1. II nonsense II

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    all im doing now is using my boot disk to startup the command prompt.

    so far i tried scanreg /all and scandisk /all. And the problem seems to be drive C:, since everytie i try to access it, prompt tells me "invalid media type reading drive C:"

    ANY other things i can try. it'll be much appreciated.

    i forgot to add that this all started because windows said it ran out of space on drive c: then it froze up so i had to shut down manually.
    any ways on how to delete some files to get some free space?
     
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    Your C drive is probably in NTFS, which your boot disk most likely can't see. If the C drive won't even boot into safe mode (hold f8 while booting), then you're screwed and you'll need to access your drive from someone elses computer to save the data. You can also try to use the recovery module if you were using it.
     
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    NTFS? nope, unfortunetely i cannot even boot in safe mode.

    please tell me how i would access my drive from someone elses computer to save the data.
    also how would i try recovery module?
    thanks for responding

    btw, i'm using my laptop right now
     
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    Which OS are you using then?
     
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    I don't see this working out for you. Sometimes letting the HD cool down works, but regardless, it's time to think about getting another drive. As for using someone elses computer, just remove the drive you have, change it to slave and throw it in another computer.
     
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    oh well, thanks for your help.

    i think i'm wait 'til tomorrow before i eventually format it.

    but if anyone has anymore suggestions, thatll be great :)
     
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    Since it is not being recognized at all when you boot with a bootdisk, it sounds like the harddrive might be hosed.
    You could try the old freezer trick which is to put it in a ziplock freezer bag and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. This might work to buy you some time with the drive so you can get some data off of it, but it will not restore a non-working hard drive back to a permanently working state again.
     

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