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Error oxc0000008 - can't boot. keep getting this

Error oxc0000008 - can't boot. keep getting this error. should i use restoration disks? If so, will all my data be lost? (no backup)

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  • tracy_patter Oct 01, 2009

    i am trying this and get utilities menu that says.
    1. delete all files
    2. auto install of windows
    3. restart

    when i try 2 it says my computer is protected with NTFS and i have to delte all, but if i delet all i will lose my data? any suggestions?

  • tracy_patter Oct 01, 2009

    Yeah, Joe, I am re-installing operating system now. I guess the files really were not all that important. Thanks for your help!

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Yes, I suggest you use the Restoration Disks. As the restoration proceeds, you will be asked if you wish to do a Repair, or a Full Install.
Choose Repair.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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    joecoolvette Oct 01, 2009

    I'm a little confused by your additional comments, please bear with me.

    Do I understand that in the main menu you are offered three options?
    1.Delete All Files
    2.Auto Install of Windows
    3.Restart

    I await your reply


  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Oct 01, 2009

    I now see what you're referring to. I downloaded documents dealing with the Gateway M305 Series of notebooks.
    (User Guide, Checking Out Your Gateway M305, Specifications, Components, and other documentation)

    From Gateway's information, it does indeed seem as though your personal information will be wiped out.
    1.Insert the red Drivers and Applications CD
    2.Restart your notebook
    3.Select: Boot from CDROM
    4.Select Language
    5.Delete All Files
    6.Continue deleting all files and restart
    7.When prompted press any key to continue
    8.Select: Boot from CDROM
    9.Select a language option
    10.Select: Automated Installation of Windows (XP or 2000)
    11.When prompted remove the red CD, and insert the blue Operating System CD.

    That doesn't indicate repairing necessary files to me, it indicates restoring the notebook back to day 1 from the factory!


  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Oct 01, 2009

    The following is based upon what I would do. It may not be what you wish to take on. You may wish to have a competent computer repair shop take on the task instead.

    I would remove the harddrive, buy an external enclosure, and attach the external enclosure to another computer. Desktop or laptop. Then I would download all of my personal documents to a CD disk, or disks. (Burn, or copy to CD)

    Afterwords I would reinstall the harddrive back into the notebook, and use the Recovery disks. Bring the notebook back to an operating status, and have my needed information saved.

    Your notebook uses a 2.5 IDE harddrive. 2.5 is 2 and a half inches. This is the width of the harddrive. (3.5 for a desktop computer)
    IDE is the style of harddrive. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
    An external enclosure is relatively cheap. Average cost is around $20 US. The enclosure has a USB cable attached to it, and you simply plug the USB cable into any computer.

    Here is an example of a External Enclosure for a 2.5 IDE harddrive,
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/...




  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Oct 01, 2009

    GREAT! Glad to hear it!
    Thanks for using FixYA


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