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Windows causes STOP message, can't read disk from recovery console

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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.
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by:juliancrawford
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have you tried the system file checker - make sure your 2k CD is in ..
Start>Run
sfc /scannow

Maybe if you plug the faulty drive in as a slave on another pc you will be able to retrieve the data - but it does sound like a full format will be required to fix the fatal errors.
Could be faulty ram - try swapping the ram sticks if you have more then one.
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by:mcc235
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I can't run sfc since I can't boot into windows. The only tools I have access to are the restore console tools. There is only one stick of ram. Thanks for the suggestions.
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by:LucF
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Something is really wrong there... I suggest you listen to juliancrawford and try backing up your data, then do a full format and installation.

For recovering your data, take a look at CrazyOnes list of filerecovery wich I posted here: http:Q_20778366.html

LucF
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by:LucF
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But before, you might want to take a look at these:

Stop 0x7B or “0x4,0,0,0” Error
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=122926

“STOP 0x0000007B Inaccessible boot device” error message Installing Win 2000 Professional or Win XP to Mirror Volume
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=235287

After relocating boot disk
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=271965

Using Sysprep
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=257813

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by:mcc235
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Yeah, thanks LucF, I saw the list in the other post. I tried most of the free solutions on that list without any luck. I am really trying to decide if I should waste money on the laptop hardrive cable that I need to connect it to my PC. My opinion right now is that it is not even worth buying as I don't think the drive will be read-able. I am leaving the office now...if anyone has any ideas I will be back in the (my) morning. Thanks for the help so far.
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>My opinion right now is that it is not even worth buying as I don't think the drive will be read-able.
I think it is worth buying, most programs on that list don't care if the filesystem is intact or not. So it's very likely that they should be able to recover most of your data.

And for only $10.95 I think it's worth a shot:
http://www.mlhsystems.com/momex/NavCode/Hardware.info/ID/2379

LucF
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Glad to help
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