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    My PC has gone tits tonight, when i switch it on it does a system check (blue screen) saying its checking the C drive, it get's to 37% then stop's for some reason, Its about 5 yrs old and its a dell dimension running XP home with Kaspersky security...

    Cant even get to home page to do a system check, so anyone got a solution or idea's to get me going again??

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    If it were me i'd backup all of your files and do a system recovery, if you have never had the hard drive formatted and a reinstallation of Windowe then your current instalation of Windows may have become corrupt - this can happen - it just means you may have to wipe the hard disk and re-install Windows.

    There should be a recovery CD that came with the PC.

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    So this CD will get it away from the blue screen Gazza and let me do this system check/backup??

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    Sounds very much like the hard drive may have bad sectors, I usually put the drive into a caddy & attempt to get the data off that way using another PC before rebuilding/restoring.

    If you have no documents/pictures/music etc that you want to save then your recovery disc may do the trick, but if the drive is faulty then you may run into problems. My mate gave me his PC & that would not load a operating system on the drive but the drive worked OK in a caddy.
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    Could it be gubbed then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    So this CD will get it away from the blue screen Gazza and let me do this system check/backup??
    It will put the PC back to Factory conditions - when you bought it. A five year old PC tbh by todays standards wont be shot, will just need the operating system to be re-installed.

    Like I say if it were I'd do that but please back up all important data m8 i cant stress this enough because it will be gone if you dont.

    As for the blue screen if it is doing a check then - here is the geeky bit - the registry (important Windows file needed for PC operation ) has became corrupt.

    Also when the hard disk is doing a check can you hear clicking (will be audible - like a piece of metal tapping lightly on a tin can roughly every second - and not the usual fast quiet clicking you normally hear from the hard drive)

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    You might be lucky, my lads PC has recovered several times by using the XP install disc & he hasn't lost anything yet, but work on the assumption all data will be lost if you reinstall & it goes tits up

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    So how do i get away from the blue screen to back up my data?

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    If it were mine I'd put the hard drive in my caddy & copy my docs onto my laptop, you can get Linux based boot CD's that will boot into a system that would allow you to write to a cd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    So how do i get away from the blue screen to back up my data?
    Sorry i misunderstood. As camera man said buy a hard disk caddy. This allows you to treat an internal hard drive device as an external one.

    When you buy one, take the hard disk from your PC, and put it in the caddy then plug the caddy into another pc and remove the files you want to back up.

    Then take the hard disk out of the caddy and return it to the PC and use the recovery CD to return it to factory condition.

    Have you tried pressing F8 key when it is booting up? This will list several options - one of which being start the PC with minal drivers (SAFE MODE)?

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