OT: Need help from a PC guru
P. J. Alling
webstertwentysix at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 11:42:29 EDT 2009
Mark Roberts wrote:
> paul stenquist wrote:
>> She tells me that following the directions on the microsoft page, she
>> still gets the same error code and crashes. She may end up taking the
>> box to Best Buy.
> Not that I'd recommend Best Buy but I do recommend getting it
> somewhere fast. An error message with no boot and inability to
> reinstall could be symptoms of hard drive trouble.
> Got backups?
It does begin to sound like a drive failure. I had a similar problem
three or four years ago. I'd say luckily, but actually I planned for
this, I had set up three partitions on the machine, on for the system,
two for data, and had a live backup of the system cloned onto a small
excess drive, I was able to set up the failing drive as a secondary,
boot from the clone and recover all of the data in the two data
partitions, even though the boot partition on the original drive was
toast. However most people don't do that, and Microsoft discouraged
that sort of thing with the release of XP. Drives are cheep, data is
The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.
--G. K. Chesterton
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