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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:02
Posted 11 October 2012 - 18:17
1a) An adapter cable or docking station
1b) An external hard drive enclosure (one that you can open up to change the hard drive in)
1c) Opening up the computer case and connecting up data and power cables (assuming there are some of the correct type)
2a) You can download copies of Linux specially prepared for this called "Linux Live CD's" (just having taken a look at Ubuntu's website, it seems that their standard install disk now actually has a "try before you buy" feature, which is essentially the same thing), and there are instructions for installing to a USB pen drive instead.
2b) UBCD4Win, a Windows XP based live CD, that "contains software used for repairing, restoring, or diagnosing almost any computer problem".
2c) Building your own copy of Windows 7 or 8 which will run off of CD/DVD/USB-pen-drive. See instructions here for example. However, this requires that you download a large package called the "Windows AIK", to get at a tiny little tool that comes bundled within it (I personally wouldn't trust copies of just the tool itself posted online).
3a) Do an actual "repair install" (called "startup repair" in vista/7/8).
There are three ways of doing this:
3a1) Via recovery options presented in the Windows installer (of proper setup disks, not OEM "reinstallation disks" afaik)
3a2) Via a "system recovery disk", which you will have had to have already created on the machine you're trying to repair, or on a sufficiently similar machine.
3a3) Via the "advanced boot options" (see here)
Once you've got the "system recovery options menu" up, choose the "startup repair" option. (useful info).
3b) Simply reinstall Windows on top of the existing installation (WITHOUT reformatting or recreating the partition).
This option is available to those using retail versions of Windows, but not those with OEM versions, since OEM manufacturers nowadays only give customers "reinstallation disks", which are not the same as a proper setup disk. I did encounter some webpages mentioning the use of a retail disk to do a repair of an OEM installation, but did not get a clear understanding of whether it actually works or not.
As described, you simply run the Windows setup routine without doing a reformat. The installation will rename the existing "Windows" folder to "Windows.old" and install new operating system files to a new "Windows" folder. The "Windows.old" folder can be deleted once setup is complete. Your data will remain intact, programs may need to be reinstalled to work correctly, and Windows updates will need to be reinstalled.
You could also alternatively install a newer version of Windows on top as an upgrade installation, which would essentially do the same thing. Do not do the "custom installation" option if it tries to make you though, this reformats and installs the new operating system I believe - not what you want!
The copy of Windows 8 that you've got is only applicable to options #2c, and #3b. See also the note just above.
Edit to above post: The evaluation version of windows 8 has now downloaded onto the windows 7 laptop I have, I intend transferring this over to a USB stick, can somebody talk me through what I need to do to make it run? And will this be the eaisiest method to retrieve my data and will DEFINETELY NOT overwrite my files?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 18:23
Did you try what I suggested? No one has said you will not be able to see the 1 drive yet if it was setup in RAID, so I would give it a shot.
Thank you all for your replies.
However, altgough I know how to reformat hard drives and install software etc., and basic networking tasks, my pc skills don't extend beyond that!
Can you talk me through the EASIEST solution bearing in mind it is a RAID drive?
I did have my daughters Windows 7 laptop wirelessly networked with the broken pc (when it was working) and tried the other night connecting up to drag the files accross whilst the broken pc was on the log on screen buy it wasn't seeing it, so this is a no go idea either?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 18:34
Posted 11 October 2012 - 19:31
The Windows 8 preview you downloaded and burned to disk will be a full windows 8 setup disk. Installing Windows 8 over the top of Vista as an upgrade install is one possible option (3b above), however I'd recommend that you try other options first! Certainly DO NOT run the Windows 8 (or XP MCE) setup and allow it to re-format / re-partition the drive, 'cus you'll loose everything.
BlazingAngel, you are certainly an angel mate, I had just burned the DVD using the windows 7 laptop and Dow loaded the USB dvd burner and burned the DVD (couldn't fit it on USB needed 4gb) and had just popped the DVD into the drive if the knackered pc and switched it off ready to switch on again, boot menu, and select DVD!!
Then checked my phone as your email came through just as I was looking at it!! How bad could that have been if I didn't see your email!!
So, I understand I need to NOT run this bootable DVD I've burned with windows 8 evaluation?
I am prepared go do whatever is necessary to get my family photos back, and although I've installed memory, PCI boards, hard drives and the like, I've never had the RAID drives out in this pc and I personay believe it will be difficult and may not even work.
I'll willingly buy anything I need to do this, however I'm not that technical and don't understand Linux.
One thing I forgot to mention is I have an OEM version of xp media centre edition, and you mentioned about installing another operating system onto my raid hard drives? Is this easy with raid and will it definetely not over write my data and photos?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 20:03
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 23:25
You seem to have a lot of dust built up. hut the computer down, and try and clean some of that out, just for the hell of it on the off chance that it could be causing a problem (I very much doubt it would be the cause, but worth doing imo). When you turn it back on, make sure that all of the fans are running - if a fan isn't working, it could cause temperatures to rise on whatever components it is meant to be cooling, which could cause odd behaviour. (Again, very unlikely to be the cause, but worth checking).
Guys, do you think I may have cracked it?
Just took the side of the pc off to check inside and its the fan on the nvidea graphics card that's spinning away, is this normal? Can't say as I've noticed it before, also when the machine starts the fan is running, but very smooth and quietly, but when it crashed, the graphics card fan speeds right up.
Could this explain the screen going black and the power button on the monitor flashing as if no input? Also could explain why the account names dissapeared from the screen last night? All sounds likely doesn't it? But what about not being able to click the left mouse button in the account names?
Here is a photo of the graphics card, but there is also a yellow/amber light lit up on the main board at the back, towards the bottom right of the boars can you see it? Is that normal?
Next to that amber yellow light on the board it states 'Aux Power' and next to it says 'INTRUDER'????
I believe that he just said that the computer just crashed when trying to open the boot menu, would that not suggest a h/w issue rather than malware?
Sounds like you have a rootkit installed and it's linked it's self to one of your driver files for the USB or kb/mouse.
Download this to a USB stick and run it in safemode - http://support.kaspe.../tdsskiller.exe
Do a scan.. see what it says
BTW you should have your photos copied into Dropbox or pay for Carbonite or something if they are this important to you..
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