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Computer meltdown: local expertise?

Home computer has given up, starting with Blue Screen Of Death and now refusing to boot at all. (Almost four years old, Windows XP.)

I guess we'll just have to get a new one, but wondered if anyone has tips for how to retrieve data from the old hard disk? Especially if there is reliable expertise not too far from Leuven...

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uitlander
Nov. 4th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
You're OK using linux aren't you?. If so make yourself a Ubuntu live disk (do you have a CD/DVD burner at work?). Boot the PC from that. Once in copy all personal files from your (hopefully not dead) HDD onto an external USB drive to retrieve your files.
uitlander
Nov. 4th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Once you done that, as peterbirks says it's probably just a dodgy boot sector on the HDD.

You have two options:

1. buy a big, new and fast HDD and reinstall windows and your software.

2. bite the bullet and upgrade your PC to new hardware/ buy new PC. We reckon 5 years is a good uselife for a PC, so 4 years is a marginal call on replacing vs upgrading.

Copy your old files back onto whatever option you chose.

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