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Restore system restore doesn't run properly......is there a way to do a soft restore from the discs where I don't lose all my files?

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If you are using Windows XP, you can do a Repair install of Windows, which MAY resolve your problems. (Generally I do not recommend them, as normally the results are unsatisfactory.) Another option is a PARALLEL install of Windows. You start an install as normal, then change the install path to a locations other than C:\windows (C:\WinXP for example) use a different user name and an different computer name to avoid overwriting any files in the MY DOCUMENTS folder. Once done and drivers installed you can browse the old Windows install for your data.
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/installxpcdparallell/indexfullpage.htm
If denied access then you may need to take file ownership. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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No a system restore will erase all your information.

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To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
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Sounds like you have corrupt or missing boot or system files. First try these steps.
1) Turn off the computer, then hit the power button to turn it back on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see the SAFE MODE option. Take the Safe Mode option and see if you machine boots into safe mode. If it does safe mode look different, but that is normal, the icons are bigger and the screen is darker. Once in safe mode click Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore. Once you are in system restore see if you can roll your system back to a date and time before you had the boot up problem. Don't worry, System Restore does not remove any of your documents, music, pics, videos or data. System Recovery removes everything and sets your computer back to when you first purchased it. Once the restore is complete reboot and see if your problem is solved. If not proceed to step 2.

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was explorer working perfectly on your computer previously? If yes, you can try system restore.

System restore can help to back date your computer to the time when explorer was working.

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Toshiba laptops have a built-in recovery mode on the system wherein you don't need to use a disc to restore it to factory default. The hotkey for the recovery is the 0 key (don't use the key on the numpad if you have one). To activate it, you need to turn the computer off, then you need to hold the 0 key then turn the computer back ON. If you hear a continuous beep, you can let go of the key and It will then say "Windows is loading files". If this doesn't work, that means that this computer doesn't have the hidden partition for you to restore the unit to factory defaults (either it's faulty or it's not there) and you need to order the recovery discs from Toshiba at 1-800-457-7777 if you purchased the computer in the US and for Canada, it's 1-800-663-0378.

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Windows 7 install discs also have some recovery options when you boot from the CD/DVD as a LiveCD. But it is called the System Recovery (you can build your own System Repair disc with a working version) See the following for more information:
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Be sure to folleow these instructions to the letter, you could damage your PS32_bing.gif if you choose the wrong option! I do not take any responsibility! Please proceed at your own risk! If you read and follow the instructions exactly you should not loose any data! Feel free to ask questions if you are confused so you don’t make a mistake!! Sorry, I had to say it, I don’t want anyone mad at me if they make a mistake, don’t back up their data and erase it, and then blame me…

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The current version of the ps3 firmware has a “recovery console”.
You access it by

1. Start with having the system in standby (redlight is on)

2. Hold the power button down; the system will turn on and turn off once again.

3. Press and hold the power button again and keep holding, it will beep as it turns on and then it will double beep. When you hear the double beeps immediately take your finger off the power button (if your system turns off before you get a double beep just try again and hold the button, it should double beep the 2nd time you try)

4. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via USB and then hit the PS button

You will now have a screen with these options

1. Restart System: Restarts the PLAYSTATION®3 System.
2. Restore Default Settings: Reset all system settings back to default.

CHOOSE THIS ONE 3.Restore File System: Checks for corrupt/missing system files.
4. Rebuild Database: Rebuilds the OS for the PLAYSTATION®3.
5. Restore PS3 System: Fresh restore; Deletes everything and starts from Scratch.
6. System Update: Update the PLAYSTATION®3 System



IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CHOOSE THE WRONG OPTION HERE OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA. The one that fixed my blu-ray drive is option 3: RESTORE FILE SYSTEM


I REPEAT CHOOSE RESTORE FILE SYSTEM


After this, it is going to restart and bring up a screen reading something like “you have Corrupted System Data. Your PS will now replace this data” Then you choose continue and that should be it.

This option reinstalls the system files and drivers inside the PS3 with the original ones that are stored on your hard drive. In this case, it replaced a corrupted driver for the blu ray drive thus fixing my issue and hopefully yours!! This option will only replace all system files thus saving you from loosing any data that’s stored on your hard drive. Again this option does nothing to your hard drive it reads a file from the drive and rewrites it to the PS3 system.

Here is a video of the recovery screen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0SPmkV-jco

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