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windows xp boot woes

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Tom|Nbk, 31 Jul 2006.

  1. Tom|Nbk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Mar 2006

    Posts: 22,491

    Location: England

    ok so i was using my brothers pc earlier when one of his virus scanners popped up and froze the whole system therefore forcing me to reset from the power switch, the system restarted and then on boot it came up with a horizontal bar along the bottom as if it was scanning or checking for somthing. The bar wouldnt even get all the way and then it would just reboot, now it comes up with the usual start from best known settings safe mode etc but whatever i choose it will reboot, it will load all the files for safe mode but then just reboot, also the windows xp install isnt picked up when i use the cd so i cannot repair it. whats the best way to go from here as i have quite a bit of important data on there any help would be appreciated :)
     
  2. Tom|Nbk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Mar 2006

    Posts: 22,491

    Location: England

    can anyone suggest anything?
     
  3. P_A_N_I_C

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Feb 2004

    Posts: 1,810

    Location: Sunny Sheffield

    do you have a spare HDD and a ghost boot floppy/cd? (or other imaging /cloning software).

    quite often i can clone a hdd that doesnt boot, the copy of which then proceeds to boot.

    at the worst you can then playabout with various tools on the cloned hdd, you you dont lose all your data.