I've got a laptop. I've got a lot of data on the laptop. Recently, Windows XP damaged a file somewhere and now refuses to boot, shutting off after I try to start up and it fails. So now, in order to save my data, I want to get it on my external hard drive.
My laptop is a Compaq V6000 (which has to have fixes made by Compaq/HP due to a recall, that will follow as well once this is done). I need guidance on how to complete the task of transferring my data. I can use a login on my g/f's computer to help...if I can get the laptop drive temporarily installed as a slave. More ideally, if I can somehow transfer the data without having to take the drive out of the machine (potentially voiding any recalls due to my own messing with it)...or even hook up the laptop and somehow have the PC recognize it...any ideas out there for me?
If nothing would work, they'll do it at a big name store for $80 (using my external HD). I might look for cheaper if I can, too...but want to save what I can.
(I wonder if they'll let me borrow a system to do it myself at those stores...nah, doubt it.)