Dell laptop with windows vista won't start up windows.
Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:34 PM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:45 AM
All on same 3 blocks, and all say can't read, replace disk.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:04 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:29 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:34 AM
If the drive is detected you may have to quickly get everything you want just in case the drive fails completely. If the drive is not detected then the data is gone short of a professional data recovery which is very expensive and they will not guarantee the amount of data they can save or even get.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:55 AM
I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive or Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as described above but change the location of the saved data to the Optical Drive instead..
Remember all you are backing up is data and not programs.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:56 AM
I hope you can save your data but please be aware if the drive mechanically has failed you may not be able to get to anything.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 09:06 PM
Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:02 AM
Did the HD diagnostic show anything wrong?
Posted Yesterday, 10:06 PM
Hey- well I tried to run system restore like a billion times, and then ran the hard drive diagnostics, and any diagnostics I could access!
Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:13 AM
Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:54 AM
It may have found something wrong with the sectors or free space or descriptors.
You can try this and see if it finds anything.
Tutorial for running chkdsk in Vista\Win 7 located HERE.
Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:33 AM
To fix problems with windows vista, you can download Windows Vista repair Tool which will remove all problems from your Windows. You can read the instruction to use this tool on this page: http://www.windowsvistastartup.com/
Also, you can manually restore the Windows to the previous stage but that will not fix your problem permanently. You want to fix your problems manually, follow these steps carefully.
1. Boot to the Windows Recovery Environment and select the Command Prompt
2. At the prompt enter the following commands:
3. At the prompt cd windows\system32\config> enter the following:
ren default default.old
ren sam sam.old
ren system system.old
ren security security.old
ren software software.old
4. At the prompt C:\windows\system32\config\regback> enter the following:
copy default c:\windows\system32\config
copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
copy system c:\windows\system32\config
copy security c:\windows\system32\config
copy software c:\windows\system32\config
5. Close the command prompt window and reboot the computer.
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