Edited by antconsig, 01 August 2010 - 11:22 AM.
Want to copy HDD after "unmountable boot volume" error
Posted 01 August 2010 - 11:21 AM
Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:39 PM
Getting a message that the hard drive is not formatted is not a good thing. One thing you can try is doing a parallel installation of Windows XP.
Parallel Installation of Windows XP
Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
- At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
- Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
- With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
- Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
- To continue setup using this partition, press C
- Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
- To use a different folder, press Esc
- Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.
Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:50 PM
1) I ran chkdsk /r it recognized the broken hdd and it was also recognized in working condition in the BIOS
2) Broken HDD is not recognized using docking station connected to second PC (all disk usages report 0%)
3) The 'Backup' section of my broken HDD is working fine, so it seems just the regular partiion of my data isn't working.
I can reinstall all the programs and apps, etc. but I would like that to be a last resort. Is there any way I can at least have a log of all the info on the broken drive before creating a seperate partiion like a list of the folders and directories you see in Win Explorer? If I do it the way you described I would not be erasing the data, but would it make this unreadable partiion readable again?
Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:55 PM
All you really want to do here is get the data off and then do a fresh format and reinstall of Windows on the Windows partition (not the backup partition; that partition won't be changed at all), because if chkdsk didn't repair the installation of windows, then nothing else will, and a reinstall is the only option. We are just doing the steps here to get your data backed up on the backup partition before doing that.
Posted 01 August 2010 - 01:03 PM
Posted 01 August 2010 - 01:12 PM
If the computer is from dell, the Windows CD Key should be on a sticker somewhere on the box itself. Search around for it, otherwise just wait for the official Dell ones, because their XP cd's read the key right off of the motherboard, so you don't need to input it at all.
Great. One last question: I currently have a borrowed XP reinstallation cd for the same brand pc. The official dell one is currently in transit. I'm guessing that I won't be able to run a product key-scanning program to find the original key in the broken drive, right?
Posted 01 August 2010 - 01:37 PM
-: Partition 1 [FAT]
c:Partition 2: [Unknown]
D: partition 3: Backup [NTFS]
F: Parition 4 [FAT32]
The worst thing I'm seeing is that it says my current partition is 100% free. Should I abandon all hope at this point that I'll be able to recover the data?
Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:39 PM
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