I shut down my homebuilt computer running XP Pro after having run MS Defender and the disk cleaner. The next day, I turned the computer back on and everything seemed fine… CMOS did its thing, Windows started to load the XP window….then, the entire computer RE-BOOTED – and kept re-booting (after reaching the same spot each time) until I shut the computer down with the off button.
I restarted and the same thing happened, so I put a Windows XP Pro CD, booted to safe mode and tried to do a recovery. Nothing.
I shut down again, restarted and tried to do a repair. This got me a black screen with the mouse cursor arrow, but nothing else after that. I’ve tried this several times. Still nothing.
I’ve tried slaving the old drive into a new one, just to see if I could retrieve some music and picture files, and, although I can see the folders, access to them is denied.
Anyone got any thoughts or suggestions on how to retrieve these files from this old hard drive?
Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.