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A warning about trying to re-install Windows. If you re-install, you will lose all data on the Windows or my documents and any related Windows settings as well.
Make sure the machine is turned off any time you work on it, also remove the power wire.
Remove the drive, and have a friend copy the files you want. Then re-install Windows. At this point, you may see the menu to repair, which may be able to fix the problem without losing any data.
Another way is to get a self boot disk of Linux, or other kind and boot the cd, then copy the files you want to keep to the root directory. You will want to make a new folder and name it some like SavedC.
Another way is to get a second drive.
Remove or unplug the first drive you had trouble with, then plug in the second drive, install Windows on that drive. Shut down Windows and unplug the PC.
Next... plug in both drives (you may have to set the jumpers), boot the second drive and copy the files to the second drive (now it is C), and your bad drive is D.
When all files are copied as you want, shut the system down, unplug the second drive and leave the original drive plugged in. (one way to save time is to just unplug the power cable, if that is the kind, other wise you will have to unplug the whole cable).
After you have copied all the files, You are now ready to work on the original drive.
Put the Windows cd in the cd/dvd drive. Next turn on the machine. Proceed to watch the menus, you may see a menu to REPAIR or INSTALL Windows. If the repair for Windows comes up, you may be able to save all the files anyway. If not, then you will have to do a complete re-install, which will make a completely new installation over the old Windows.
One more way, if your drive is big enough is to install a NEW WINDOWS install under a completely new folder with a new name. For instance: If the old windows installation was WINNT, you could install a new Windows with a name such as WINNT2. That way, you could save all your data but not your old settings. If you are careful, you can watch every step, and make changes as necessary. You can even copy some of your old settings from the old Windows folders. If you had special fonts, these could all be copied as well once Windows is running. By doing this, you will never get back the settings you had on the old system, but your files will all be there.
Lastly, if you have a hard drive failure, which caused the system to not boot, then you should consider buying a new drive. You may still be able to use the second drive method explained above to save your data.
One suggestion: When saviing data in Windows, it would be to your advantage to NEVER save anything to MY DOCUMENTS or in any of the Windows folders.
Make a folder on C and name it what you want, such as "mysharedfolder".
Some computer users always have two drives, one for C Windows, and the other for all data. Partitions can work for that as well, but if the drive physically crashes, you can lose it all.
Posted on Jul 26, 2008
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