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zukkushin

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Recently I ran into some troubles, I formatted my PC and when I wanted to re-install Windows and came to the conclusion that the CD was not sitting in the Jewel-Case as was supposed. I had to go on an exploration trip trough my room to find the CD lying under a pile of junk on my GF's desk, badly scratched.

I let several recovery tools loose on it and came to a - what I think is going to be - Fully recovered CD, The only Problem is that now all the files are on my HD and not on a CD. I tried copying it back to a CD with ISObuster as a bootable disk, but its far from bootable lol, It simply won't boot. (I did bear in mind to show hidden files aswell before I recovered and wrote the CD)

So now the question is can't I slave the harddisk of my PC on this PC and copy All files needed for Installing to it? :)
and If yes, How to do so ? it was an OEM Windows XP home edition SP1a

I eagerly await your replies :)
Sincere greetings, Teh ZuKku$h!n

Edited by zukkushin, 22 July 2008 - 12:15 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Far easier solution is to ask somebody to lend you a CD.
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That would indeed be alot easier, bad news is that its becomming more or less a rare breed of windows, as far as I know it has to be an exact copy of the version I have, and that is a dutch edition SP1a OEM version.

My friendslist isn't too big as it is, and those I was able to contact over the past few weeks don't seem to have it sadly enough. (severe world of warcraft addiction Isn't compatible with Real Life and thus makes friends go away at a fast rate lol)
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Any OEM disk will be fine, doesn't have to be SP1, an SP3 disk will be fine.
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