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Getting files off un-bootable NTFS disk

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Hi, I am having some trouble with an HP XP notebook system. I was/am getting "unmountable_boot_volume" and have used an XP CD to boot with and try "chkdsk /r" and "fixboot". Chkdsk goes 2% and reports problems with the disk and bails out. Fixboot starts to run, reports that it is an NTFS partition and then reports "boot sector cannot be fixed".
What I need/want is to retrieve the photo files in the "My Pictures" directory before wiping the hard disk and starting over. Is there a way to do this? It is my daughter's "old" system and I believe the CD drive is also a writer and the unit does have a floppy installed.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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do you have another system? you can slave that HDD to another machine and transfer the files, OR you can download a live version of linux which is bootable from a CD (they are free and found on the internet), this can help you save some files from your dead system.
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