This is serious. my PC crashed suddenly. I have tried a Repair Install many times. I do not want to lose all my data (44GB) + hundreds of bookmarks. The windows installation file is on a 250 gb Maxtor Pata broken into 3 equal partitions. I may have some backups on a SATA 200gb X 2 Raid 0 Config. This is my Main Home Business PC. I cannot get to those backups,for some reason, maybe I just do not know how. And I feel lucky that it at least boots to cd. At this point, a clean install is NOT an option. I need my stuff on drive C, which is now partially repair Installed. I have tried six times.
The trouble is that the Repair install has been hanging at the 34 minute mark each of the six times I have tried. to repair install. I am NOT using the Recovery Console. I am hitting R after windows loads its stuff. A new development is NOW It just dies (hangs) after the auto restart thing that win xp pro does. (You know, "Windows will restart now") It will not reload. I just get the mouse cursor without the hourglass on a black screen. So it is hanging earlier in the process than it did last nite. The mouse does move however.
I need my data desperately. Please help me get back into Drive 0(C drive) (That is where the windows file was.) I do not wish to reinstall fresh. I need you good people to guide me to accessing C drive. I just cannot lose all that is stored there. That would be a 2 year loss. It would destroy my life. I need the info on that drive.
SYSTEM: AMD 3500, 1024 MB Ram, Asus A8V Deluxe Mobo, Nvidia 5700 256mb video card.
Summary: Need help to restore PC to the way it was before a mysterious, out of nowhere crash. I have plenty of space on the raid sata drive, but I do not know how t get into it. It will not boot to that drive, where possibly good backups lie.
This is the most desperate situation I have ever asked yo guys to help me with. I just cannot start over on this PC.