files off hard drive?



Jeff Gregory
07-10-2005, 02:11 AM
I have a laptopt that I have to Restore windows on to but I don't want to
lose the files on the drive. Does anyone know of a way to get files off of a
laptop hard drive when the system will not start up and run. Thanks for any
help. Jeff

Byte
07-10-2005, 02:11 AM
Have you tried booting in Safe Mode? Also, do you have the WindowsXP
installation disk? That disk is also bootable for a REPAIR install.
"How to Boot in Safe Mode"
http://www.columbia.edu/acis/capture/safemode.html
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"Jeff Gregory" wrote:

> I have a laptopt that I have to Restore windows on to but I don't want to
> lose the files on the drive. Does anyone know of a way to get files off of a
> laptop hard drive when the system will not start up and run. Thanks for any
> help. Jeff

Al Dykes
07-10-2005, 02:11 AM
In article <14CF181F-4E41-4558-81F8-A400B1EF9433@microsoft.com>,
=?Utf-8?B?SmVmZiBHcmVnb3J5?= <JeffGregory@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I have a laptopt that I have to Restore windows on to but I don't want to
>lose the files on the drive. Does anyone know of a way to get files off of a
>laptop hard drive when the system will not start up and run. Thanks for any
>help. Jeff


Several ways....

If you can use another PC to burn a Knoppix CD (bootable Linux) and
boot in your laptop you can copy files to a USB cd burner or over a
LAN connection to another PC.

http://www.knoppix.org/

You can use the eval version of Acronis True Image to do the same thing

http://www.acronis.com/

You can yank the disk out of the laptop and use a IDE little adapter
cable (about $15) to hook up the disk to a desktop machine as a second
disk and copy the files off to the the local hard drive. A local
storefront PC store would do this for you for about an hour's labor
charge.



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files off hard drive?