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  1. #11
    Check the drive on another pc and do the recovery from there.

    Phil

  2. #12
    Longshot but wasnt there a xp blaster worm virus that was going around some time back which shut your pc down all the time??

    here is the virus details http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc1831.html

    microsoft released a fix for this virus as it was one of the major ones.

    maybe i have read your post wrong but just me 2p

    hope you get sorted

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by M250cnc View Post
    Check the drive on another pc and do the recovery from there.

    Phil
    That's my plan ... only problem is ... it's a SATA drive and my other pc is IDE and for some reason we cannot get the SATA pc to boot from the IDE drive even when SATA is removed and bios is changed to recognise IDE as 'C'. However there is still hope ... My Son is a linux fan and his pc is SATA ... we are going to load his machine with XP and stick my 'dead' drive in as a slave. As an aside my usb stick is not just clean, as I first reported but completely dead and I mean as dead as the proverbial parrot. No little flashing led when put into any pc or laptop and not recognised as any form of anything, nothing can see it at all!!

    But thanks to all for suggestions and advice ... watch this space!!
    Tim G-C

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    (attrib. Voltaire but written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall "The Friends of Voltaire" 1906)

  4. #14
    You can get USB to SATA adaptors which let you attach a bare hard drive as an external drive. I've used them for data recovery before - very handy for cloning a laptop drive.

    e.g.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/USB-SATA-Ada...1203251&sr=8-2

    You can get cheaper but they get poor reviews

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  6. #15
    I like that !!! Off to order ...
    Tim G-C

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    (attrib. Voltaire but written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall "The Friends of Voltaire" 1906)

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