My worst fear has happened, my hard drive failed and I have not backed up in 2 weeks. I was wondering if there is a possibility to recover the files I have on it. Here is what happend....
Thursday of last week as I was getting ready to go home from work, I started closing all of my programs to shut down. As I was shutting down, I received a "Dr. Watson fatal error" message. I hit ok on the window and my computer shut down normally.
Friday morning I come in to work and turned on my computer. Everything seemed normal until after it did it's memory test. After that test, the screen went blank. I thought it was just thinking, so I went to get my coffee and when I returned, nothing. I restarted and got the same thing.
Now, I am able to get into my Bios, boot from menu, but I cannot get to the safe mode as it does not go to the Windows 2000 splash. I tried booting using the Windows 2000 disk and it gets stuck when it checks the file system. So we narrowed everything down to the hard drive. I removed the old hard drive and installed another one from a spare computer, and the computer booted up fine. I then tested my hard drive on that spare computer and on that computer I was able to get to the safe mode menu when the Windows 2000 splash comes up. But when I do safe mode, the computer just restarts itself, does it's memory test, goes to the splash and then restarts again. It does this over and over again.
My questions are, what happened? Did that dr watson error damage my hard drive? Is there a possilbility to recover my work from the old hard drive? Please, PLEASE help! Thanks in advance. Sorry so long.