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Transferring Data From Hard Drive


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kwelch10377

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I had to get a new computer and I need to transfer the data from my internal hard drive of my old computer. The issue is that my old computer won't boot up, it turns on, but once I get to the point that it starts to load Windows it loops back to the login screen and when I login it does the same things again. I also cannot boot up in Safe Mode. I am assuming that I can take the hard drive out and connect it to the new computer to transfer the data, but am not sure what type of cable I need to do this and how it needs to be done.

Also, is there any other way to transfer the data without taking out the hard drive of the old computer?
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its probably the hard drives fault , so taking it out wont do anything
is it xp vista etc.....
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It is Windows XP. When I orginally called the computer repair shop they said it did not sound like a hard drive issue. Between the cost to look at it and fix whatever the issue and the fact that I need a new battery it was going to be cheaper in the long run to get a new computer.
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I'm sure ur infected. u need to clean ur pc with rescue disk or copy all ur data on thumb drive using live cds. its good idea to post a thread under malware section on GTG.

first of all what kinda a pc do u have notebook or desktop. if u have notebook then its risky to open or if u have desktop then its for u to open the case and plug the HD to another computer to copy ur datas.
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I had to get a new computer and I need to transfer the data from my internal hard drive of my old computer. The issue is that my old computer won't boot up, it turns on, but once I get to the point that it starts to load Windows it loops back to the login screen and when I login it does the same things again. I also cannot boot up in Safe Mode. I am assuming that I can take the hard drive out and connect it to the new computer to transfer the data, but am not sure what type of cable I need to do this and how it needs to be done.

Also, is there any other way to transfer the data without taking out the hard drive of the old computer?


OK before this gets anymore confusing lets work on one system at a time. The one that won't boot is more then likely a corrupt usernit file. Lets try to correct that first and maybe you can ahve two working systems then.

Give this a try. Without knowing a little more about what caused the problem, I can't guarantee it will work...and it requires the machine you make the disk on AND the machine you are fixing are both running XP.

Please download RC.ISO and save it somewhere you can find it.
Also download MagicISO.

Start MagicISO. You should see a window informing you about the full version of MagicISO.
In the bottom right select Try It! and the program will open.
Click on File and then on Open and navigate to the RC.ISO file you downloaded. Select it, and click Open.

First, we'll need to add a clean version of userinit.exe to the current RC.ISO

* In the upper right pane, double click on the i386 folder.
* Right click in the upper right pane and select Add Files...
* Navigate to C:\Windows\System32 and select userinit.exe
* Then click Open to add userinit.exe to the CD image.
* Click File and select Save As...
* Name the file RCplus and save it somewhere you can find it.


Next, we'll need to burn the newly created image to a disk that we can use to fix the problem.

* Put a blank CD-R disk in your CD burner and close the tray. If an AutoPlay window opens, close it.
* Click on Tools and select Burn CD/DVD with ISO.... A window will appear.
* Click on the little folder to the right of CD/DVD Image File then navigate to the newly created RCplus.iso Image file and click Open.
* In the CD/DVD Writing Speed drop-down menu choose the 8X setting.
* Under Format make sure that Mode 1 is selected.
* And finally, click on the Burn it! button to burn RCplus.iso to disk.


Once the disk is burned, put it in the machine you want to fix and restart it.
Boot to the CD just as you would with a Windows XP disk.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to enter the Recovery Console.
Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1) and press Enter.
When you are asked for the Administrator password, enter the password or leave it blank (default) and press Enter.

At the C:\Windows> prompt, type the following commands pressing Enter after each one. Note: Watch the spaces.

D:
cd i386
copy userinit.exe c:\windows\system32
exit


After putting in the third command, you should receive the message 1 file copied which will indicate that the operation succeeded.
Now take out the CD and reboot your computer to normal mode. Try to log in and it should let you back in.

Thanks to wannabe1
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Both computers are laptops. The old one runs XP, the new one runs Win7. I do have access to another computer that has XP.

This all started when I got the little pop up that looks like a windows pop up saying my computer was infected. I ran McAfee and after I ran it it said I needed to restart my computer, which I did. It started up and once it got the start populating the icons in windows it went to the login screen, I clicked my login and it starts to do the same thing and then back to the login screen. I tried to boot it up into Safe Mode I get an error.

Do you think that what was detail in the above post will work? It's not the end of the world if I can't get the data I have most of it backed up, but there are somethings that I would like to get off of the old computer.
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Not a problem as what I have suggested won't hurt the data. Before we get to a point of something happening to the data i will give you instructions on how to get it even without being able to get into windows.
Can you provide us with the make and model of the laptop that won't boot right now?
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It is a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4384....your help is very much appreciated.
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No problem and this may have gotten a little easier since most laptop manufacturers are now putting a Recovery partition on the hard drive to get the system back up and running. I don't want to have to use it unless we actually have tried other methods to fix this problem because it may format the drive and put everything back to what the system was brand new.
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No problem and this may have gotten a little easier since most laptop manufacturers are now putting a Recovery partition on the hard drive to get the system back up and running. I don't want to have to use it unless we actually have tried other methods to fix this problem because it may format the drive and put everything back to what the system was brand new.



So I finally was able to try and create the CD and boot from the CD, however I got to the point where I was at the Windows start up screen and I got the blue screen of death. Any other suggestions? TIA!
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During using the cd?
You should have not seen the windows start screen.
Did the system boot to the cd or to windows?
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I put the CD in and booted the computer from that. It came to a blue screen that had Windows Setup at top it and at the bottom said that Setup is loading files and then as it was going through the files the blue screen of death came up.
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You should be at this spot when the system boots.

Once the disk is burned, put it in the machine you want to fix and restart it.
Boot to the CD just as you would with a Windows XP disk.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to enter the Recovery Console.
Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1) and press Enter.
When you are asked for the Administrator password, enter the password or leave it blank (default) and press Enter.

At the C:\Windows> prompt, type the following commands pressing Enter after each one. Note: Watch the spaces.

D:
cd i386
copy userinit.exe c:\windows\system32
exit


After putting in the third command, you should receive the message 1 file copied which will indicate that the operation succeeded.
Now take out the CD and reboot your computer to normal mode. Try to log in and it should let you back in.


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Maybe I didn't boot it right?? I have never booted from a CD before.I turned on the computer, pressed F12 for the boot menu and then #3 for CD/DVD. Then from there a black screen came up and said the press any key to boot from CD, I did that and then I came to the blue screen that had Windows Setup at the top (it didn't have a Windows logo on anything else)
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Did you press R?
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