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You know if you are really in a pinch, and you have access to another computer, you can attach the hard drive to that other computer and mount it as a secondary drive. You should then be able to access all of the data on your hard drive.
Yeah, but there are a lot of installer programs on there... etc..
I have tried this once before. If i attach it to a computer running Windows XP Proffesional Edition when i try to access the My Document it tells me "access is denied" I was not logged on a computer administrator though.
If you get an "Access Denied" message, then you need to change the Windows file permissions for your My Documents folder and its subfolders. Unfortunately I cannot remember how to do that, so you might need to Google for that solution.
Originally posted by reddazz If you have a Windows boot floppy, you can boot from it and do "format /mbr". This will remove the current bootloader from the MBR and you should be able to boot into Windows.
also if the mbr is waaaaay beyond fixing
try "fixboot" from XP recovery console instead of "fixmbr"
another alternnative is reinstall windwos... NOT format the windows drive just reinstall on top of itself.. this is only really useful if you need just data off the drive and dont care about installed programs... when you get to the "select partition" part select "leave alone" or whatever its say to not touch.....hit enter ta da! windows..