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Invalid partition I updated my security system and restarted my computer. I got a blue screen that said "invalid partition" and that's it. Initial help says my computer is shot; what do you think?

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  • wiseone22 May 27, 2008

    To clarify, the "invalid partition" occurs early in the boot up. Nothing with the keyboard responds at that point. What I've read is that I should try and get the data off the hard drive before I go forward. Unfortunately I don't know how to set up a ghost system, etc to do that.

    If I had instructions I could do it though.




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Wat is the model of the systemand the os of the system did you try the last known configuration .if not try the safe mode .if you could provide the info i might be able to help

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