I just screwed myself prett bad...didn't I?

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  1. delussional77

    delussional77 Active Member

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    Okay, I figured myself to be somewhat computer competent over the years but I guess I was way wrong.

    I was in the process of taking all my good hardware out of my main rig and installing it into a new HTPC (which would soon become my one and only computer).

    At this point I had been using the HTPC for a few months and it had its own windows xp drive in it. I have been having some BSOD issues in the HTPC so I decided to toss in my main rig's windows drive and run it off there (plus all my good programs were on it).

    So I tossed in the main rig's windows drive into the HTPC and soon as windows would try to boot it BSOD'ed with a critical failure. I tried it a few more times hoping to boot into safe mode but I couldn't get anything to work.

    I then took the main rig's window drive and put it back into the original folder. Now it won't boot into windows and I can't even repair the drive with my original XP disc...

    how screwed am I?

    Is there anything I can do fix this situation and not lose everything on the main rig's window drive?
     
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  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Your data is still on that drive, regardless of how bad you messed up it's ability to boot.

    Just run it as a slave to another os drive and drag all your stuff off of it.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    your windows install is fucked and would run like unstable diarrhea even if you fixed it.

    if the drive does not show up as a slave when you put it in another computer as a slave, you will need to run something like getdataback for ntfs. i don't think you messed up the mbr or anything though. you should be fine, just a suggestion if the drive is really messed up
     
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    have you tried booting into safe mode?
     
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    It's times like that it seems like a particularly good idea to go through the trouble to make a bootable XP thumbdrive. Better than putting an important install of Windows at risk like this.
     
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    yep, still BSOD's after a few seconds
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If the data is important enough to you, I would seriously stop messing with it.

    The simplest fix is to drag the data off onto another drive.

    You can get a 500gb Seagate for $80 shipped.
    Put both of the drives into another computer, and drag all the data onto the new drive.

    Then wipe the old drive, reinstall Windows, and move one.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    shouldn't be a problem, just reimage your drive and load your backup onto it

    you do have an image of the drive and a recent backup right?

    i doubt it. just follow everyone else's instructions. next time backup first
     
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    ok, so I reformatted the HTPC windows drive (so..not the affected drive)

    after that I took the main rig's windows drive and hooked it up in my external drive enclosure and hooked it up via USB

    it refuses to find the harddrive...just gives me the "safe to remove hardware" icon in the taskbar
     
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    tried using testdisk and it is not even finding the drive to recover a partition from...

    this sucks :-(
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Did you try to initialize it in computer management?

    Right click my computer > manage > on the left side click on disk management.
    You don't want to format it, just mount it as a basic volume.
     
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    put it on the slave connector?
     
  14. dorkultra

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    skip the usb enclosure and put it on an pata/sata channel as a slave

    then right click my computer and select manage, post a screenshot of what is there

    like i said earlier, you may need to run getdataback for ntfs
     
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    it could be a corrupt NTFS partition. I've seen that before where windows would BSOD with the drive attached in any way (ide, or ide>usb)

    However, linux with ntfs support (Knoppix Live CD) let me read and recover the data.
     

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