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Ok, so the hard drive is a fujitsu. I went and downloaded the fujitsu diagnostic which is an exe file. Can I still use ImgBurn? I need to burn the file to a cd now right? If I use Imgburn, which option do I use? Writing image file to disc? Create image file from disc?
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Writing image file to disk.
Also the exe file should create the iso or img file.
You may have to click on it to create the bootable file first then burn the file it creates.
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It remains as an EXE file. I tried running the program and it does not create an ISO file. Any suggestions?
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Download the SeaTools one as the ISO
Then follow the instructions from there.
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Nope, not working. I tried 2 diff versions of the seatools. The latest version gets me to the license agreement and i cannot use the mouse or my keyboard to click on accept. only thing that works is control alt delete. 2nd version of seatooals is v1.10 and that version tells me that it does not detect a hard drive. Any other ideas?
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Well this isn't very fun. Let's try a different route.

You have the Recovery Disk so let's see if we can do a non destructive recovery. Insert the operating system disk into the cdrom and boot the system.
What we need to find is if there is a Recovery Console you can get to with that disk.
If not then we need to see what options it gives for doing a Recovery
Please do not proceed any farther once recovery options appear. If you do you may format your system losing all data.
If you want to try and backup before attempting this let me know and I will post the instructions to do that first.
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I put in the recovery disk and the computer now just says,

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright © 1997-2000 Intel Corp.

For Realtek RTL8139(x)/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

The last 2 lines just keep flashing as if the system is trying over and over again.
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Ahh you may need to go into the bios and change the boot sequence for the cdrom to be the first boot device.
At the first post screen where it counts up the memory start tapping on of the following to enter the Bios\Cmos\Setup area
DEL
F2
F10
F12
Once there find the Boot area and arrow down to the First Boot Device
At the bottom of the screen it should tell you how to modify it and make the cdrom first in line
When finished click F10 to Save and Exit
You will then be prompted to click Y to verify
Do so and the system should now reboot allowing the [b]Recovery disk to start.
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Ok, I dont think the recovery disc is working. I had realigned the boot option to have cd rom 1st and nothing. The other cd is working though. The Operating System CD. If it is possible to backup the files on this computer and just completely recover it at this point, I would be happy. Is that an option?
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Yep sure is.

Get Puppy Linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
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if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Thanks to happyrock
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I am currently in the puppy desktop and I don't know where to find the files that were on my desktop. Any idea where i can find the my pictures tab?

Would I be able to stick in a jump drive and just copy the files onto my flash drive?
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You have to click on the drive on the bottom left that would be your main drive..Usually HD0 and mount it.
This should then allow you to explore that drive. Below is the instructions from the point it looks liek you are at.

after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..


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I couldn't pull much files off, but I think I may be ready to restore the computer now. Since my recovery disc doesnt seem to be working, how do I go about restoring?
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Now what you need to do is set the boot sequence to boot to cdrom first. I'm sure you have done this already for the previous instructions.
Insert your Recovery XP disk and then follow the prompts to install your OS. When it ask to replace the existing OS tell it yes.
It should then say all files will be erased and you will have to say yes.
If it gives you the choice of non destructive recovery use that. This will repair or replace corrupted files while keeping data safe.
If not then you will have to do a complete reinstall as I described above. I am including instruction even though they may not match exactly to your disk.

Go HERE for step by step instructions on how to partition, format, and install XP fresh
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Schaffer, thanks for all your help. I have done a complete recovery! Thanks again.
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