Windows causes STOP message, can't read disk from recovery console
Posted on 2003-11-23
When I logged into my laptop the other day, it said that my profile (registry) had been corrupted. So I logged in as Administrator instead, and scheduled a scandisk for the next boot. I rebooted and half way through the scandisk the system froze. Now whenever I reboot the Windows splash screen appears and gets most of the way through the progress bar before issuing a stop message. (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE)
When I run the recovery console I can not browse the c: drive. Typing 'dir' gives the message "An error occurred during directory enumeration". I have tried fixmbr and fixboot with no luck (even thought in hind sight I don't think these are the issues since it starts to boot and its the kernel that is giving this message).
I try to run chkdsk /r but it gets stuck at 29% indefinitely. The hard drive light keeps spinning but it never passes 29%.
Here is my question: Will putting this drive into another working machine let me copy the files off? Or is the 'dir' problem above going to be the same in the other machine? In other words if I can't see the contents of the drive in the recovery console then I will not be able to see it if attached to another system? Thanks.