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my laptop is not been able to recover from XP crash. When i put the Bootable CD in, it does not reads it, it says: no bootable device found. I have checked both difernrt CD and the DVD Drive(external as well) , No JOY. does that mean that my HDD is gone ? My laptop is Dell inspiron 1440(2 yrs old).
How can u guys help ?
Posted 3-Jan-12 3:14am
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Solution 1

It could possibly be a hardware failure, who knows.
However, it should be able to boot from the CD even on HDD failure, I guess.
BTW What has it to do with the 'LAN' tag?
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Solution 2

First impression is that your HDD has suffered from the crash. When booting from CD make sure that you have the CD listed in bootable devices (as first) in BIOS. Based on the fact that the CD is not read, it sounds like the computer isn't trying to use it at all.

After you manage to boot from CD you should have on option to try to repair the installation. However, if you don't have any backup and an emergency repair disk, I would try to create a backup from the hdd as it is. Not marketing anything, but personally I have used a tool "Stellar Phoenix NTFS Data Recovery" which has worked for me.

But before proceeding, it's a good idea to wait and see what other opinions you receive.
Richard MacCutchan 3-Jan-12 9:40am
I think your first suggestion is definitely the one to try.
Mika Wendelius 3-Jan-12 9:44am
Thank you :)

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