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i have a dimension desktop 3100 and preinstalled windows home edition
i contacted dell and they gave me a recovery disc
but on doing internet search/research i discover this puzzling problem: data will be erased upon recovery (esp. when i choose the c: drive partition for the reinstallation, and i tried to do a CHKDSK but it gave me an unrecoverable error message)
does this mean i lose everything? pictures? word files? music? programs?
is there any way to save them? i don't have them anywhere else (yes i know, you dumb $^@!*$)... i really had my life on my computer
am i out of luck here
this is pretty important as it has all my writing, my passwords, 2 websites, dreamweaver, photoshop, about 1000 pictures from my life, etc. etc. etc. etc.
thank you and please don't tell me about how i should have backed things up
To recover data off your system there is also the possibility of using a boot disk. Search for the "Ultimate Boot Disk" and see the various alternatives available.
My choices are:
- to setup windows xp on the selected item, press enter
- to create a partition in the unpartioned space, press c
- to delete the selected partition, press d
(there is no disk in this drive)
before when i was here there were 3 different options to choose from to install in, now there are none
is my computer gone?
I sent it to a data recovery dude (a reliable one) and he said the HDA is messed up and if I wanted to recover the data I'd have to send it to a clean room place to look into it. But then he said those places are a ripoff cause they charge $1500 or more.
Well, what do I do then? If those places are a rip off and reliable data man can't get it.
He said he could install a new hard drive (and erase my data) for $200.
He also said if I wanted I could take it to a place with a 'clean room' to try and get the data but that they would charge upwards of $1500 to do it and would probably not be able to.
Should I do the clean room? Or just scrap all my pics and make new memories....
but we are debating over whether to spend the bucks for some pictures to get recovered or not, thanks for the replies, esp if you know economy long term places you can pm me
also... the big question is: Windows XP did this in the first place, I did nothing more than install an update from Windows and then the crash
WHY! Why are people not mad at Windows for this type of thing? It seems that people online with the same prob are like: oh well, it's a windows thing, you lose your data but it's no big deal.
where does the data go? outer space?
why can't i ask microsoft for the cash to get a clean room fix
Step 1 - Open up your machine and see if you can attach a second hard drive. You need the data connection and a power connection. You can get a Western Digital 160 Gig hard drive shipped for less than $60 from places like Newegg.
Step 2 - Pull out the old drive and install your software back on you new drive. Hopefully Dell will let you do this, check with them first.
Step 3 - attach your old drive to your "new" machine as a second hard drive or a slave. Once attached, you should be able to see if the drive is accessable. In other words, the drive might not boot, but it might still have the file structure intact.
By following this process, you've got your machine up and running. You dont run the risk of overwriting your data and you can test for yourself that the drive really is messed up.
Best of luck to you.
But the computer guy who has the computer says he can't do anything because the old hard drive isn't accessible. He says I need a new hard drive and the old one is too corrupted to access unless I send it to a clean room for thousands.
Should I try it myself anyway?
Thanks so much for all your emails. The computer guy seems like he wouldn't lie about not being able to do it, he seems trustworthy and many people on A's list have given him good reviews. But who knows? It's like going to the car mechanic for me, they could tell me anything and I would be stuck.
I've built several computers myself. It's not as hard as people think and checking a hard drive is really pretty simple.