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    Calling computer people

    My mum's computer just melted down.. It won't read any of the USB devices and I'm getting the "Start Windows with Last good configuration or Safe Mode" business..

    I hooked up a PS2 keyboard and was able to select the safe mode option, but the computer keeps resetting itself and there's nothing I can do..

    This hard drive has a lot of important information on it, so I disconnected it from mum's computer and chucked it in the Slave IDE thing on mine and connected it all up..

    XP sensed a Maxtor HD and automatically added it as an F:/ drive, but I can't bloody access it from mine..

    It's saying "Drive is not formatted do you want to format now?"..

    I said no and tried to use Command Prompt.. I'm got the message "Data error: Cyclical redundancy check"..

    I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do to save this data? Or if there was anything else I should've done when connecting the HD up.. Bios setting or anything I missed doing?

    This data is very important.. I'm not gonna lose it without a fight..

    Any help would be greatly appreciated..

    Cheers

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    Hmm, I have no idea what you just said, but something similar happened to my computer. I had to get it wiped.
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    Rob's contribution to thread, as always, is just as useful as a plank of wood.

    Back on topic, I have no idea Shounaz.

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    have you tried throwing a cat at it




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    Quote Originally Posted by 33/3from3.3
    have you tried throwing a cat at it
    yeh that would clearly help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoman
    yeh that would clearly help...
    as months burns would say "excellent"

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    Ah, the old CRC error. What it means is that the data trying to be read is corrupted. If you're lucky, it could be just a system file which is corrupted (causing the soft resets) and you'll be able to recover everything else off the drive and do a full re-install. If you're unlucky, more of the data on the drive is dead.

    First thing; STOP TRYING TO ACCESS THE DATA IN EXPLORER! Windows could be writing more data to the drive just trying to access it or 'correct' it and corrupting more of it. If the actual hardware is b0rked, just by using it, you could be corrupting more and more data.

    Second; use a data recovery tool to get back whatever you can. Recommendation:

    http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/cd-recovery.html

    It's free for personal use.

    Third; do a low-level hardware check to make sure the drive is okay to use again. If it has bad sectors, they'll only get worse. 86 the drive and get a new one. If it's fine, randomise clear, de-partition, low-level format and use again. In my opinion, it's worth getting a new drive anyway.

    Fourth; back up the data if it's important! A drive's probability of failure is directly proportional to the time since the last backup! If it's dead, I'm sorry to say, you have no-one to blame but yourself.
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    Have you tried turning it on and off again?
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat
    If it's dead, I'm sorry to say, you have no-one to blame but yourself
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    When my computer did that, we bought a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda
    When my computer did that, we bought a new one.
    & I bet you wipe the crumbs from your mouth with $50 notes too?!
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    thats the most confusing thing i have ever heard.. goodluck getting it fixed..
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    Thanks T_C.. I downloaded the program and even moved my jumpers from primary to slave..

    Here's how I went.. I suspect it's cause for my dear Mother to mouth the eff word very loudly..





    Thanks mate..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Have you tried turning it on and off again?
    Someone been watching the IT crowd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Have you tried turning it on and off again?
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