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Hi,
I have a Windows 7 Laptop that has royally screwed up and I have decied to do a complete re-install of Windows 7. I have tried all the normal windows 7 repairs and even tried to recover the laptop using the manufacturers recovery management that should back up my files to c:\backup then re-install widows 7. Unfortunately, nothing worked, and now I cannot even get the laptop to boot unless i use the windows 7 disk into the repair/recovery menu. Before i re-install I wish to backup my data to an external used mass storage device. The data is still there as I can see it using the command prompt from the repair/recovery menu. I tried using xcopy (using switches /E and /C) to backup all of my data, as it is spread over several folders. But is not working correctly and freezes. (I have experienced this with xcopy before so I'm confident it's not the data.)
Previously, with a XP machine would have used something like Bart PE to copy my data using it file management GUI, but that does not work on Windows 7.
Does anyone know of an application, preferably free or very cheap and that is easy to use, that would allow me to create a boot disk that allows access to the hard drives with a gui on a windows 7 system, then copy and paste my data from the hard drive to my external mass storage drive?

Thanks,
Col
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by:moon_blue69
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Hi Why dont you get an connector or caddy pull your hard disk out attach it to a working computer and just copy. If I were you I would be doing that.

I use something like this which can handle all type of hard disks

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/USB-SATA-IDE-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Converter-AC-Cable-/280590441484?pt=UK_Computing_NetworkCards_RL&hash=item41547e5c0c

good investment for future problems
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http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/download.html
Download this Paragon Rescue Kit 10 Free.
Execute the exe file and let burn the CD. Boot the machine from this CD - select Normal Mode - File Transfer Wizard.
Use it to copy out the data off the drive.
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by:RootsMan
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Either of these Live Linux CD's will allow you to boot the laptop and gain access to the files on the hard drive, via a GUI, since they recognize the NTFS file system.


On a working system, you'll have to download the ISO file and burn the contents of the ISO to CD-R.

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by:VitalNetworkSolutions
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Hi Noxcho, I used the software you suggested and followed you instruction easily. Worked exactly how I needed. Thanks, Colin
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Thanks for feedback Colin.
Take care
Nox
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