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My computer went bluescreen and did a physical memory dump. Then would not boot from C: again. BIOS sees the hard drive but thinks it is unformatted. chkdsk says 'volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems'. Is there any hope?

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Many Computer repai places have the ability to pull your unbacked up date from that drive contact a local repair store to get pricing and also look into a new drive to be installed and re-install your windows and programs if you need someone to install them. (tip never save anything to your C drive install a second drive and save everything there) This is a good tip and I use it for our Video Editing Studio.
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