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Thread: HD crash and attempted file recovery with XP




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    Hello everybody, I am new here.

    My Hard Drive completely crashed the other day so I went out and got a new
    120GB HD. I was hoping to recover all of my files.

    Then I got Windows XP Home Edition Full
    and I went through the setup, then had my computer
    restarted. It loaded and then came to a STOP ERROR. MAXTOR was not any help. My computer was full of errors. I was finally able to get WinXP to boot up for the final setup.

    Then I ran into more problems. When the installation progressed to “approximately 40 minutes left" it started installing drivers or something (who knows?) and it
    FROZE for twenty minutes. I tried installing from the
    beginning again, this time it got to "32 minutes left" before it
    froze.

    Can anybody tell me what the problem is and how to fix it?

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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    Smells like bad ram causing errors!
    Had bad ram twice, better check!: peace2:
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    hmmm, thanks. If it's not that, then what?

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    1st, of all details of ya full hardware setup will help a great deal.
    2nd, what's the exact error code ya bein' given?
    3rd, memory can be tested with Memtest86.

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    I have seen the bad ram thing trick people into getting a new hd, only to find out the old one was fine.(too late for a few who chucked out the old good drive already)lol
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    Well, by all indications it's not the RAM. I disconnected every single external device that I had and it installed ok. Thanks to everyone that has offered advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    1st, off all details of ya full hardware setup will help a great deal.
    2nd, what's the exact error code ya bein' given?
    If these are given then things may make it easier for us to give ya a better answer (especially the stop error).

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