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URGENT: Windows XP takes forever to boot (and fails...)

Hi,
   Can anyone please help me with this problem: I have a Windows XP Tablet PC on Toshiba Portege, and it does not boot: when I press the on button, it takes me to the Windows startup screen (with the scrolling blue thing on the bottom), and stays there for many minutes, and finally, a blue screen (BSOD) with the cryptic "Hard Error" shows up. This happened after I installed some webcam software, though it might be a virus. I cannot find a CD for this tablet, and there is NO CD/DVD drive for this tablet PC (because of space limitations, they didn't put the CD/DVD drive in there)...the only way to get external media is through jumpdrive. There are information that I MUST recover over the weekend for Monday's production. So ANY help will be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks.
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jsugiCommented:
Have you tried booting into safe mode, press F8 as the computer boot up.  Not sure how you can recover the things you need off the computer, since we are dealing with a tablet pc.  Too bad there is no CD drive that would have helped a lot.  good luck.
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mvvinodCommented:
Simplest way to recover data is to buy a ide to usb converter (including laptop disk converter), connect it to another machine and recover data....

you can even buy small external hard drives that use laptop hard drives and swap out the driver and connect it to recover data...

Vinod.
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NGInterfaceAuthor Commented:
hmm... okay, i think i have the data recovery part. however, it seems to me that certain sections of the hard drive are somehow physically corrupted. i got the safe mode up, and am doing a virus scan of the C: drive, and when it reaches 21000 files or something, the hard drive starts to make horrible clicking-clacking sounds like its trying to read a file but not able to do so...any ideas how to recover from this?
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NGInterfaceAuthor Commented:
oh, now it has crashed again with BSOD -- it says, "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR", and it starts to dump physical memory to disk. it seems that it's doing it to "prevent damage to your computer". Any idea what this is?
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mvvinodCommented:
It means it has bad sectors. Perform a chkdsk from safe mode. It will require reboot. But if system files are present in bad sectors, your system will not boot anyway... since you have blue screen, it already means critical files are in bad sectors...

chkdsk will mark all sectors bad preventing the os from accessing those locations in the future.

Vinod.
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mvvinodCommented:
If you cannot get the machine to start again in safe mode, you might not be able to perform any operation without floppy/cd drive...

Vinod.
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jsugiCommented:
I agree with mvvinod, it sounds like your hd is going bad really quickly.  I would really try to get the information that you need as soon as possible.  If the data is really critical and you cannot get the data yourself, your only other option is the go to one of those data recovery companies to try and get the data for you.  The only thing about using companies like that is they charge a lot of money to do data recovery.  Once again good luck.
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warriorfan808Commented:
Do you have a copy of winternals?  Take the HD out; put it into an enclosure, connect it to another workstation through USB; boot into Winternals.  There will be a Data Recovery option that will let you choose which partitions you want to recover from.  It takes a while, depending on the health of your disk.  Choose a folder on the workstation you booted into and send all the data you want there.

i have recovered data from HD's that wont even show up in Disk Manager.  This method will work if you have the time.
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phototropicCommented:
The error message is dealt with here:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/reskit/c28621675.mspx#EWDAG

As you can see, it probably means your HDD is dead, but there are other explanations:

"One of the following conditions usually causes a Stop 0x7A: a bad sector in a paging file, a virus, a disk controller error, defective hardware, or failing RAM. In rare cases, a Stop 0x7A occurs when nonpaged pool resources run out."

Whichever is the case, you should try to back up crucial data as soon as possible.

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