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Invalid Partition Table at boot

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Hi I get an 'Invalid partition table' on start up. I uninstalled my music player (Creative) as it wouldnt work properly (during uninstallation I opted for full uninstallation of all related files) and had to restart, then I was prompted at boot up to repair and go to a previous backup. I haven't however created a backup so chose to auto repair but no repair seemed to have taken place (no progress). I don't want to loose my files so not sure a full re-installation of Windows 7 will work for me. Recently had someone upgrade my pc to Windows 7 from XP and my partitions were changed. Not sure if that is related..

Any help will be appreciated.
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Hi Erichw,
The safest and easiest option is to remove the HDD and pop it into a USB HDD enclosure and transfer the files across to another computers HDD.
You havn`t said whether the computer is a laptop or desktop, this is important because if it is a desktop you could also fit the HDD into another desktop as a Slave/second drive and transfer the data across, you could then format the HDD, install a fresh copy of W7 and then copy your data back over, heres a link to some external USB HDD enclosures;
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