Inacessible boot device, after power outage


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Phil

A friend's Windows 2000 Dell computer gives the blue screen with
"inaccessible boot device" error after the computer went through some
brownouts and finally a power outage. Since the disk is littered with lots
of junk, I want to recover some files, and clean the disk for a fresh OS
install. But, how can I get to the files if it can not boot? I have
another computer, where I can make this drive a second drive or primary
drive so I can work with the disk.

Thank you,

- Phil
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

Phil said:
A friend's Windows 2000 Dell computer gives the blue screen with
"inaccessible boot device" error after the computer went through some
brownouts and finally a power outage. Since the disk is littered with lots
of junk, I want to recover some files, and clean the disk for a fresh OS
install. But, how can I get to the files if it can not boot? I have
another computer, where I can make this drive a second drive or primary
drive so I can work with the disk.

Thank you,

- Phil

Your idea is fine: Just connect the problem disk as a slave disk,
then save the files you want. You might also remind your friend
that important files must be saved to an independent medium at
regular intervals, e.g. once a week, instead of when disaster is
staring him in the face. He might not be able to retrieve them
next time. A 2.5" disk in an external USB case is cheap and
has oodles of capacity.
 

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