Unable to Repair Install, Personal Files Lost Forever?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:52 AM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:26 AM
You can easily copy and save your docs, photos and music etc with Puppy Linux to a USB flash or hard drive.
Recover files from Windows XP using Puppy Linux
Use ImgBurn to create bootable Puppy Linux disc.
How to burn ISO files to CD/DVD using ImgBurn
PS edit for added info:
When the computer starts, the computer stops responding (hangs) and an error message appears. The error message reads Loading PBR for Descriptor x ... Done (where x represents a number 1,2 or 4).
This error message means that the computer cannot find a certain partition on the hard drive.
See more and possible solutions here. Please make sure you first saved personal files with Puppy Linux.
Edited by Lee, 14 November 2012 - 02:57 PM.
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:14 PM
Edited by snowbug, 15 November 2012 - 03:12 AM.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:34 PM
Edited by snowbug, 15 November 2012 - 03:51 PM.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:25 PM
After more searching I'm pretty sure burning the CD isn't possible with this computer. I think it's time to just accept the files as lost and move on. Thanks again for your help Lee!
I wouldn't give up on saving your personal files so easily. If you can't borrow the use of another computer to burn the Puppy Linux CD, hold onto the computer until you buy a more modern one or at least hold onto the hard drive, which is simple to remove and takes up no space in a draw or somewhere.
It can be connected to another computer as a 'slave' drive and your personal docs on it can then be easily saved without a Puppy Linux disk. So think about connecting it to the computer you now have access to or the next computer you buy. There are two ways to do this.
1. Connect it directly to the motherboard with the computer unplugged (it does not need to be mounted in the computer case).
2. Buy a cheap USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial-ATA Hard Drive Adapter (you probably have an IDE - HD connection, which is a wide flat grey ribbon HD connection to your motherboard).
With either method, the hard drive will be recognized as a storage drive or USB drive. The XP operating system on it will not be recognized or interfere with the computer's own operating system. Just cherry-pick any files you want off it, but you will not be able to rescue programs, as once installed they are 'scrambled egg' and cannot be put back together to re-install on another PC.
Edited by Lee, 15 November 2012 - 05:31 PM.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:02 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:47 PM
The full version of malwarebytes is the best spent money you'll ever spend on a PC program, as you will have live web-surfing protection which the free version doesn't have. I use and swear by it
If there is any sort of malware on the old hard drive, it can only infect your computer after you open it, so scan it twice as suggested above before left-clicking on it to open the drive.
If there is some sort of infection and your anti-virus or malwarebytes cannot remove it, you can expand the drive on the left-hand side of the open window and right-click photos, music and docs (do not left-click any of these folders or they will open) while the HD is connected but unopened on the computer. Scan with malwarebytes those folders although it is highly unlikely photos, music or docs would be infected in any way. If uninfected, you can then open these folders or copy and paste the whole folders to somewhere on your new hard drive or to a USB drive which would be preferable.
If there is any infection, please start a thread in the Virus, Spyware & Malware Removal section of this forum for expert instruction on how to proceed. Just don't open the drive or any folders in it.
Edited by Lee, 16 November 2012 - 11:54 PM.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:36 PM
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