Solved Recovering Files

Koukol

Member
Hello,
My Laptop is once again in the Repair Mode Loop from Hell.

I'm trying to recover some important files I hadn't backed up yet with this ISO suggested on another thread.
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer
I put it on a USB flash drive but I can't get the broken laptop to read it.

When I start the PC I click ESC which gives me the option to open with the USB stick but it then goes directly to the page that says do I want to open windows with repair? (recommended)
Or normally?
When I click either I'm taken back to the loop from hell.

My laptop is so old that I'm given "floppy disc" as an option in BIOS:o
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
You need to change the boot order in the bios first so it boots with the USB
If your computer does not have the option to boot from a USB you will need to put
Linux or Ubuntu onto a dvd or cd and boot into that
I use Linux Mint on a USB when I'm working on other peoples computers but have needed to have it also on a cd for older computers.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Koukol

Member
You need to change the boot order in the bios first so it boots with the USB
If your computer does not have the option to boot from a USB you will need to put
Linux or Ubuntu onto a dvd or cd and boot into that
I use Linux Mint on a USB when I'm working on other peoples computers but have needed to have it also on a cd for older computers.
Thanks for the reply :)


I'll download the Linux Mint right now

When I get in the BIOS I get this...

Boot Options

F10 and F12 Delay (sec ) 0

CD ROM BOOT (Disabled)

FLOPPY BOOT (Enabled)

INTERNAL NETWORK ADAPTER BOOT (Enabled)


BOOT ORDER


NOTEBOOK HARD DRIVE

INTERNAL CD/DVD ROM DRIVE

USB DISKETTE ON KEY/USB HARD DISK

USB CD/DVD ROM DRIVE

! USB FLOPPY (! = turned off)

! NETWORK ADAPTER


Which order and activation should I choose?

I should also ask if it's alright if the USB stick has another file on it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7

Koukol

Member
OK...Which Linux Mint?
The laptop runs windows Vista Home Premium 64

Edit~I just noticed it's in my profile :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7

Koukol

Member
OK

I have the PC accepting a DVD
I have Ubuntu running right now (I already had it burned) but I don't know what to do.

I was given two options one (I think was running) the other downloading.
I chose the first and now have a page with Icons to the left

1 search your CP for online source
2 files
3 firefox
4 libreoffice writer
etc

???
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv7

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Sounds like you have the boot order sorted out if you are running Ubuntu
I would download a copy of Vista and make a DVD with that as well so you can reinstall
Once up and running use a program like Macrium Reflect Free to make an image and store that on your external hard drive
You will also need to go to other tasks in Macrium and burn a rescue boot disc to boot with if you ever need to recover from the image you make
I have a guide on my site you can follow to help you

Macrium_Reflect_Free_Guide_ilikefree.co
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Hope it all goes well for you. If not people are always here to help
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed
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