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Crashed windows and how can i access hard drive?

Postby alex6500 » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:27 pm

What linux program can i use to read my hard drive .I am running on Linux Mint live CD only.My windows xp recovery fails to re-install
windows.I get an NTLRD message when trying to re-boot to windows.[b] I cannot afford to buy a new windows XP disk. :o

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Re: Crashed windows and how can i access hard drive?

Postby grimdestripador » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:06 pm

Are you trying to read the data off your drive? Are you asking for adivce on how to install windows using Linux utilities?
Precise terminology is what I need. So I'll offer some situations where you can choose from. First I'l answer the questions AS you asked them. But you really need to explain your GOAL.

What linux program can i use to read my hard drive

ntfs-3g is a file system driver capable of reading and writing ntfs drives. from the live cd one could mount
assuming harddrive you choose the correct harddrive listed in (probally /dev/sda1)

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sudo fdisk -l

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sudo mkdir /media/sda1
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/sda1 -t ntfs-3g

One could also mount using the GUI by clicking on the harddrive in PLACES.

If you need help getting XP working. Why don't you try in install linux mint, it writes its own bootloader. If you have an Xp disk. The internets catz told me
Windows XP users

1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ c:\

7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492.

Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32

If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.

1. Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
2. At the A:\> prompt type:

sys c: <press enter>

3. After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.

New hard disk drive being added

If you are attempting to add a new hard disk drive to the computer make sure that drive is a blank drive. Adding a new hard disk drive to a computer that already has Windows installed on it may cause the NTLDR error to occur.

If you are unsure if the new drive is blank or not try booting from a bootable diskette and format the new hard disk drive.

Corrupt boot sector / master boot record

It's possible your computer's hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. These can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot and fixmbr commands.

Additional information and help in getting into the Microsoft Windows Recovery console can be found on document CH000627.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP

If you have tried each of the above recommendations that apply to your situation and you continue to experience this issue it is possible you may have a seriously corrupted version of Microsoft Windows. Therefore we would recommend you reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

If you are encountering this issue during your setup you may wish to completely erase your computer hard disk drive and all of its existing data and then install Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Additional information about erasing the computer and starting over can be found on document CH000186.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable

This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE or EIDE interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.

If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.

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Re: Crashed windows and how can i access hard drive?

Postby alex6500 » Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:06 pm

I do not have a regular xp disk that you buy.My Windows XP. home was pre-installed and one cannot boot from a rescue disk.My rescue disk will not now access the hard repair Windows install or completely re-install Windows..I have used the rescue disk before and it worked fine. I have a backup utility on my external drive, but i cannot use windows to access storage on my external drive.If i can gain access to Windows i can then re-install or repair Windows.Like i said i cannot afford to buy a new Windows XP disk.

I do not expect windows to be re-installed with a linux live cd.Next time i will also use a backup service on an outside server..I am very new to linux and will have to buy a tutorial book.I do not know how to use Linux commands.
Thanks so far for the replies
P.S. I like this Linux Mint xfce.The menu is a lot like windows.My problems began when i tried to install from the live cd Linux Mint to my hard drive.I had installed before Linux Mint Gnome ver with no problems.but i liked xfce better.
I think one person should always backup the backup...Please assist.

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