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    Question How to fix dead computer?

    Hi. my friend has a dead pc. He needs help! He wants to backup all his data from his two hard drives, without running windows, as it doesn't even startup (only until loading windows screen)! Is there any free programs? He desperatlly needs help. His pc details are IntelP4 2.8ghz, 512mbram, windows xp home, 40gb hard drives'. Cheers, any help will be appreciated!
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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Well if it were me I'd probably just remove the drives and plug them into working system and go from there ...

    Alternative bootable CDs:

    Knoppix as a rescue CD

    BartPE

    Have you tried Safe Mode?

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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Why not fix the Windows error first? What error is it showing?

    There are ways of doing what you want... certain PE discs, Linux Livecds as well.. but would be probably easier to figure out whats wrong with his computer first
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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by zahmad
    it doesn't even startup (only until loading windows screen)!
    What??? It doesn't load at all or it does? Do you mean it crashes before Windows actually starts - in which case its not dead.

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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Safe mode will most probally get you to desktop, From there turning off everything in startup will probally get a full boot to a usable desktop.
    better Dredd then dead

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    Exclamation Re: How to fix dead computer?

    It's not exactly dead, it runs until the wndows xp loading screen, and then it goes to the setup screen. I also forgot to mention that he has frequently done system restore before (once maybe every 4-5 months). One more thing to mention is that he has used system restore to fix another problem, therefore creating this problem. He just want to know an easy solution to backing up his 40gb hard drives(that he can do himself), with very low cost, and then wants to do a fresh install of windows.
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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metla
    Safe mode will most probally get you to desktop, From there turning off everything in startup will probally get a full boot to a usable desktop.
    P.S How do u start in safe mode?
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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by zahmad
    P.S How do u start in safe mode?
    F8 at startup

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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    He could connect it as a slave to a working computer.

    Then backup / copy whatever. ie: files that have been downloaded (but not installed).

    BUT, there's no point backing up programs that have already been installed.

    They may not work after the hdd has been formatted.

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    Default Re: How to fix dead computer?

    Any other way? Cheers
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