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So I am just chilling out and i reboot my computer, windows starts to load and then .. BAMM blue screen :(

it was some thing like unable to boot sector or some thing, so i was freaking i try to restart and change a few bios settings  and nothing works. I don't want to lose all my data, i have already had to do that twice before :( it is no fun. So I grab my recovery CD that came w/ my comp and i get to the part where it asks you if you "really" want to and i am like , no lol, and it is after midnight so that is not a good idea at all :)  I grab my Helix boot disk so i can get on the net and post :)    Anyway on to my question, do you think i have a chance at saving my data?,  and if so how could i do it.  Thanks for reading this, I am tired and mad and needed to vent a bit :)

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Boot from a live CD into Linux, and try to mount the drive from there. If that doesn't work, use some of the more specialised data recovery programs. I don't know any names, but I know they exist.

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You don't lose your data if you reinstall windows, just tell it to use the existing NTFS volume (don't tell it to format anything). You might want to retry the repair thing Windows does first though (although if I remember correctly the XP install disk has two completely different options to repair, one takes you to the recovery console, and the other is when it shows you existing installation of Windows, use that one).

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The blue screen is :    UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

if this is the first time bla bla bla

Tech info:  ***STOP: 0x000000ED (0x875B3900, 0x0000006, 0x0000000, 0x0000000)

When I use the recovery disk there is no option to repair only to creat another partition of write over the old one :(

I guess the main problem now is that I have nothing to move my data to :(

ty for your input :)

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Did you do this?

1. Start your computer with the Windows startup disks, or with the Windows CD-ROM if your computer can start from the CD-ROM drive.

2. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windows installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.

4. Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do so.

NOTE: If no administrator password exists, press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, on the drive where Windows is installed, type chkdsk /r, and then press ENTER.

6. At the command prompt, type exit, and then press ENTER to restart your computer.For additional information about how to use the Recovery Console in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

314058 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/EN-US/) Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console

If this procedure does not work, repeat it and use the fixboot command in step 5 instead of the chkdsk /r command.

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If it was a damaged MBR I don't think it would even get as far as attempting to mount the boot volume.

Sorry, not MBR i meant the Actual boot system in window and what I was infering that it was windows's fault which would mean re-install.

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Sorry, not MBR i meant the Actual boot system in window and what I was infering that it was windows's fault which would mean re-install.

Yes, well it's possible running chkdsk /r as that Microsoft support pages says to might fix the volume.

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I've seen that error a couple of times when trying to migrate a windows install to another system, it's generally caused by the existing install not recognising/having drivers for the ide/sata controller.

Why that would occur on a previously functioning system is a bit of a mystery though. Corruption perhaps?

In any event, i'd try booting from an XP cd (if you only have a recovery disk provided by an oem you'll need to borrow/aquire a full install cd) and doing a repair install over the existing install. Instructions on how to perform a repair install are here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Once that's done and you've recoverd your files (and made a backup!!!), i'd give that drive a thorough check over. All HDD manufacturers have diagnostic tools (either for windows, or a bootable floppy/cd image) available from their website.

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I've seen that error a couple of times when trying to migrate a windows install to another system, it's generally caused by the existing install not recognising/having drivers for the ide/sata controller.

Why that would occur on a previously functioning system is a bit of a mystery though. Corruption perhaps?

Well since Microsoft lists one of the causes at that URL I posted several days ago as: "The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.", I'd say yes.

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