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  • Well Hi to everyone, I post here since I really do not know what else Can I do;

    Have a Dell XPS M1530 4GB memory 500GB hard disk, 64 Bits Windows Vista Home Premium:

    Have a problem booting to Windows it do not boot to windows, so I hit the F8 and I get the System repair and nothing happens, it said that is repairing it but can be like that for ever, so I turn it off and did it again and in system repair I use the command prompt and I can see all my folders so looks like everything is there.

    I spoke to the tech guy from dell and He told me to do a system diagnosis I forget what key I press, so was many errors popping up from read-write the hard disk, the memory was fine , so they send me a new hard drive, I installed the new drive and everything is fine, but I want to get all my files back from the old one

    I installed the old drive in a exterior enclosure with a USB and I only see a few folders, why is that?

    Before when it was in the PC I can see all the folders,

    Can I put back (install back) the old drive on the PC , with out messing things up?

    So I can try to use the command prompt to copy the folders to a external hard disk? If the folders are still in there now?

    I don’t want to loose all my files, and I need to send back the old drive to the company



    Friday, September 4, 2009 5:28 PM


  • Hi, Try and download a linux live cd that boots to ram not hard disk. Burn .ISO to disc. Put old hard disk back. Restart with usb external drive attached and cd in DVD drive. boot to linux and copy files to the external drive. When finished put good hard disk back. Slan go foill, Paul 
    • Proposed as answer by artiste1 Tuesday, November 3, 2009 12:35 PM
    • Marked as answer by Carey FrischMVP Friday, July 19, 2013 9:29 PM
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:17 PM