I have an IBM T42 laptop. It can not boot and shows the typical windows blue screen error. Then i try to reboot with various options like "safe mode", "Last known good configuration", "boot in command prompt" etc. but every time it shows the same blue screen.
I tried to read the hard disk from another windows PC but it fails to read the hard drive.
Is there any other option to read at least the hard drive so that i can copy the data?
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Re: read corrupted hard disks
One thing u should know first is that you cannot open the hard disk in another system if it is not the same system, because of the drivers and chip set. so to confirm this, u must test it from a system that is the same with yours.
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First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
Remove all usb flash drives or external hard drives connected to the laptop.
If no flash drives or external hard drives are present the you will need to reboot your system and press the delete key repeatedly until you get into the BIOS. Once in the BIOS you will need to locate boot disk priority. Set priority 1 to the laptop's main drive and priority 2 to the CD/DVD drive.
Now it should first try boot on your hard drive with your operating system on it. If after this you still get the unmountable boot volume error then your hard drive may be corrupt.
You can have your T42 working again by doing the following:
1. In the windows didnt start succesfully screen choose to boot in safe mode with command prompt
2. when it starts, enter the command chkdsk (that means check disk)
3. accept all the changes done by running the command above and restart your laptop
4. everything should be OK now
try to boot your PC first on safe mode and restore the computer back to the date where it is working fine by using system restore. if same issue occur. you have to reinstall your operating system by using the recovery disk. your windows is already corrupted.
You can download the software known as Active boot disk. With this you can create a bootable cd to run a chkdsk with the f and r command to fix and recover errors on disk. you can also explore your comp and copy files to an external disk. If after the system boots normally after chkdsk you might have a problem with your HDD get it replaced before it crashes again
There seems to be some corruption on the hard drive. You need to boot up the laptop from the Windows installation cd. Once "Setup" has started, you need to look for the option "Recovery Console". Once loaded you may get asked which installation you want to log onto. Type in 1 and press Enter. Then type the following: CHKDSK /P and press Enter. This will run a checkdisk and more than likely report that it has fixed some errors on the drive. Now type EXIT and press enter. The system should now reboot, remember to remove the Windows installation cd. If this fails, you may have to take the laptop to an authorised dealer.
this refers to a hard drive fault or a system fault where windows cannot find the boot.ini file to boot into windows.
You will need to get in the bios if possible F2 or Del on startup and see if you hardrive is listed in the standard cmos settings listing.
If not there is normally an option to press enter to auto identify or press f12 depends on bios make and save settings and exit.
if it then shows try booting again.
If not then the drive or ide connection to motherboard is damaged.
You can also set your CDROM as first boot device if you get into the bios in advanced cmos settings, insert your windows cd, save settings and exit for a reboot and when prompted press enter to start from cd and let windows find your hardrive and attempt to install the system files, if there is no Loding windows message at the end of the file installation its a sure bet that the hard drive is faulty.