View fies in my hardisk when windows does not load
I have a "Non- system disk or disk error" due to which I'm forced to format my harddisk before reinstalling windows using the restore CD.
But i want to check to see if it has an files which need.
Any suggestions on how can do this without windows and starting from the 'C:\>". I tried using 'dir' command which did not show folders inside my 'c:'.
I have accesss to a bootable CD drive attached to this laptop.
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Re: View fies in my hardisk when windows does not load
Well it sounds like you are booting with the cd however it's your harddrive that's having a issue.
Go into the bios and check to see if your computer see's a hard drive.
If you can't do that put the laptop against your ear and listen to see if you hear the harddrive spin up.
Either way you do not have access to c:\
The harddrive either died or someone might have dropped it or jarred it and somehow it came unplugged depending on the laptop or notebook you have.
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the system is not design to return to its orig.form or program ,unless you you format it using the format they used.you can used a formatted hardisk to replaced the orig.disk .or try the latest operating system that fits the requirement of your laptop.
Did you use a Factory Recovery DVD supplied by the cpmputer manufacturer? Or did you load the OS from a Windows Vista DVD? If you didn't use the Computer's Factory Recovery disk the recovery partition is gone, when you loaded the Windows Vista DVD and formatted the HDD. That is, if I understant your statement. If you had your HDD partitioned into 2 secions, 1 your OS and another for whatever, your OS partition, containing the recovery, has been formatted. For example: C , being your OS and D, being your recovery , are one partition.
Check that your cmos mother board battery has not gone flat it should have 3 volts or more when tested .(it is a small coin sized battery on the motherboard not the actual laptop power battery) .this battery keeps the cmos time and settings if it goes flat then settings like time and enable disable and other functions can be affected
How to partition and format the hard disk using the
Windows XP Setup program
You can use the Windows XP Setup program to
partition and format the hard disk. To do this, use the following steps:
Step 1: Partition the hard disk
Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD
or DVD drive, or insert the first Windows XP Setup disk into the floppy
disk drive, and then restart the computer to start the Windows XP Setup
Note If you are using the Windows XP Setup
disks, insert each additional disk when you are prompted, and then press
ENTER to continue after you insert each disk.
are prompted, select any options that are required to start the computer
from the CD or DVD drive.
If your hard disk
controller requires a third-party original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
driver, press F6 to specify the driver.
For more information about how to use F6 to supply a third-party OEM
device driver while the Windows Setup program is running, click the
following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge
Limited OEM driver support is available with F6 during Windows XP
At the Welcome to Setup
page, press ENTER.
Note If you are using the Setup disks (six bootable
disks), the setup prompts you to insert the Windows XP CD.
Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing
If an existing Windows XP installation is
detected, you are prompted to repair it.
To bypass the repair, press ESC.
All existing partitions and non-partitioned spaces
are listed for each physical hard disk.
Use the ARROW keys to select an existing partition, or create a new
partition by selecting the non-partitioned space where you want to
create a new partition. You can also press C to create a new partition
using non-partitioned space.
Note If you want to create a partition where one or more
partitions already exist, you must first delete the existing partition
or partitions, and then create the new partition.
You can press D to delete an existing partition, and then press L (or
press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to confirm
that you want to delete the partition.
Repeat this step for each existing partition that you want to include in
the new partition. When all the partitions are deleted, select the
remaining non-partitioned space, and then press C to create the new
To create the partition with the maximum size, press
To specify the partition size, type the size in megabytes (MB) for the
new partition, and then press ENTER.
If you want to create additional partitions, repeat
steps g. and h.
To format the partition and install
Windows XP, go to step 2.
If you do not want to install Windows XP, press F3 two times to
exit the Windows Setup program, and then do not follow the remaining
steps in this article.
To format the partition without installing Windows XP, use a
Step 2: Format the hard disk and install
Use the ARROW keys to select the
partition where you want to install Windows XP, and then press ENTER.
Select the format option that you want to use to format the
partition. You can select from the following options:
Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
Format the partition by
using the FAT file system (Quick)
Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
Format the partition by using the FAT file system
Leave the current file system intact (no changes)
the selected partition is a new partition, the option to leave the
current file system intact is not available.
If the selected
partition is larger than 32 gigabytes (GB), the FAT file system option
is not available.
If the selected partition is larger than 2
GB, the Windows Setup program uses the FAT32 file system (you must press
ENTER to confirm).
If the partition is smaller than 2 GB, the
Windows Setup program uses the FAT16 file system.
deleted and created a new System partition, but you are installing
Windows XP on a different partition, you are prompted to select a file
system for both the System and Startup partitions.
After the Windows Setup program
formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the
screen to install Windows XP. After the Windows Setup program is
finished and you have restarted the computer, you can use the Disk
Management tools in Windows XP to create or format more partitions.
For additional information
about how to use the Windows XP Disk Management tools to partition
your hard disk, click the following article number to view the
article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
For that when you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in "Safe mode" Then go to start menu->run Type in run "chkdsk /r" then press "y" then restart computer then it fix error on harddisk. After completion of disk checking it load windows but if still not load windows then you need recovery disk or windows disk then boot computer with it then repair old windows.
Wehn you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or 'del" key to enter in bios then check there your harddisk is detected or not.
Also check sata is disable.
then save settings and exit.
This error comes becasue of your harddisk is not detected proeprly .
if you mean that it's saying invalid system disk or can't locate the hard disk then just use your rescue disks or windows disk to re-install the windows if you use the non-destructive choice when it asks it will retain your files but you will have to re-install any programs you have on it.
or you just do a new install seeing how you were prolly going to replace the disk anyway you may not care if you loose it, this would be the best option.
option 3 is to do the non-destructive install save any files and then do a clean install formatting the disk.
hope this helps.
if it's a new harddisk you need then here is the link http://h20141.www2.hp.com/hpparts/