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2nd-Jun-2007 07:57 pm
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<font size="-2"><div style="text-align: center;"><So my computer died, and I'm not expecting it to get fixed any time soon. It actually looks pretty hopeless. Right now I'm at an internet cafe to take care of some bank stuffs and to check my email.

Haha ohhh this sucks so bad.

If you want to contact me, you can email me at sipho84@gmail.com. Better not use the postal address if you're far away, since I'm moving in less than a month anyway.

<lj-cut text="here are some more technical details of what happened for those who care about that">

I was playing a computer game, and when I exited the game, windows was all frozen. I got annoyed so I rebooted the computer. I never got back into windows after that :P. The computer started as normally with bla bla geeky looking screens and then the windows logo comes on and that little blue loading bar. Then after that goes away, the screen just stays black. Forever! This happened every single time.

OK!

So my friend said to reinstall windows, which I...started to do :P. As it is installing, it stops at "Approximately 34 minutes remaining". I reboot the computer, it starts again, and it stops at the exact same spot. My friend looked it up for me and apparantly this was a common problem for people who tried to reinstall windows xp after using windows update some time at the previous one, which I suppose I must have done some time :/. I'm told that there is something you can download to fix this, but right now my computer obviously isn't into downloading things :P. So ya I have no idea how to fix this atm...

I have all my original photos stored on an external harddrive, but anything unedited and....just about everything else is on the actual computer. Most of it is not on the same drive as windows, but I don't really know if that is going to help.

Does anything know what to do? I'm kinda guessing no, but I have to ask :P</lj-cut>

So ya...take care dudes.

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Comments 
2nd-Jun-2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
I can't fix your xp problem...but I have all your edited photos...

sheepish grin.
2nd-Jun-2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
no you don't :P
2nd-Jun-2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, reinstalling usually writes over any info that was on the disk to begin with, and since you've attempted a reinstall you've probably lost them.

But if the files haven't been written over, just deleted, you can recover them from your hard drive with specialized software. It'll be unlikely you can recover all of the files at this stage, but you should be able to recover some.

...But all of that is dependent on you getting XP reinstalled.
2nd-Jun-2007 08:20 pm (UTC) - well
Anonymous
when you reinstall, it asks you if you want to reformat or save the stuffs you have, so I guess nothing is lost, but the trouble is to pass over this bug, and yeah, I think a second HD is needed, as somebody said further...
2nd-Jun-2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Poor You!
I once lost all my photos when I had nearly the same problem. So, just ask someone who really knows how to recover your data!!!! I didn't first and made this mistake by running this bloody recovering program from Microsoft which destroyed everything!!!! So please don't make the same mistake.
2nd-Jun-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Well, you want some geek talk (I'm not promising any results)…
First of all do not format the disk at any time (you can reinstall windows without formatting).
Before reinstalling, try to enter the repair option on the windows installation disk (click 'R' to repair instead of 'install') and on the DOS screen run chkdsk (just type 'chkdsk' and enter). When it's done, restart your PC and try to load (or reinstall) windows.
If it doesn't work I think you should probably buy a new hard disk and install windows on the new disk. You can connect your current disk as a second disk and try to get your data from there (you can connect your HD as a secondary disk to any working PC if you want to try and save your data before trying anything else).
Good luck :-/
4th-Jun-2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Ummm....I have the external? I guess it's not the same.

Would a laptop work?

Also, whenever I restart it just starts installing xp again. Should I take out the cd? I mean, is it safe?
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2nd-Jun-2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
That sucks dude really sorry to hear that..I guess not pic's for a while :(
3rd-Jun-2007 06:35 am (UTC)
I could probably fix it.. if I was there.

Best thing to do is boot off of a bootable CD of linux or freebsd or really any OS. Then copy everything off the HD you want/need to the external one you have.. then just go for a reformat. That'd probably be the quickest/easiest way.

And try what the people above suggested as well. Try the repair option. Just make sure that you don't do a reformat until you've saved all the files you want somewhere else.
4th-Jun-2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
So I shouldn't try what they said before all files are saved?
3rd-Jun-2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
there's a good and a bad message.

1. your photos are not lost yet. if the harddrive is not damaged you can take it out of your computer and connect it with another computer (for that you must change the harddrive to "slave"). then you can burn your data from the other pc to a cd or dvd.

2. there is a shit fucking problem with computers using windows xp. you cannot open the folder called sth. like "own data" or "user files" which is a standard folder for example on your desktop. so when you saved your edited files somewhere there than you fall in love with a computer freak.
if you didnt save your edited pics in that folder, then you have the complete access to your photos through another computer.

good luck markus!
if you need more help just tell me.

3rd-Jun-2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
XP can be a total bitch trying to reinstall after a crash like that. I've had to do it multiple times with my dad's computer and wanted to chuck it out the bloody window more than once.

With the crash type you've described, basically the only thing I've found you can do is completely wipe the harddrive and start over. Not just a standard formatting wipe, though. If you only do that XP will more than likely encounter installation problems and have you ripping out hair (been there myself...total pain in the ass). You need to irradicate everything on the disk.

As already mentioned by some others above, I'd suggest finding a friend who'll let you attach your harddrive as a secondary to their machine and copy/burn the files that you want to keep. It's about the only way you can save them at this point. Afterwards, hook it back to your system and boot up from a disk shredder program like DBAN (http://dban.sourceforge.net--you'd need to also get a friend to download and make a bootdisk of the shredder software). It takes multiple hours normally to do a full disk erase but once it's done you know there won't be any residual indices or files to muck with you. Then go ahead and do a clean install of XP and go from there. :)

Eni
4th-Jun-2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Microsoft >.<

It really bugs me that this is because I downloaded their damn update :P

Would a friend's laptop work?
3rd-Jun-2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
get a mac!
3rd-Jun-2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
while i agree that macs are cool, they're still prone to hard disk failures.