Ok i have been doing lot's of searching on this and would appreciate as much help as possible before i tear my hair out! Il try keep things simple and list as much information as possible.
I closed my laptop over going to bed sunday night, HDD was making strange noise's, eventually stopped. Started up monday afternoon, wouldn't load up, took out battery and tried again, and that's when i got to this nasty error message.
Things i have tried ( and failed ):
- Startup Repair without disc ( takes me back to same screen )
- System restore ( as above )
- Startup Repair with startup repair disc ( burned with my dads laptop, which is same model as mine )
- System restore with disc
- System image recovery ( havnt made backup, doh! )
- Windows memory diagnostic ( From what i remember, this told me there was a problem in my registry )
- Command prompt ( bootrec.exe /fixmbr etc etc )
- Linux live USB Creator with peppermint3 ( for some reason couldnt get it to boot from the usb drive )
I've tried them all countless times but to no avail. I have a stupid amount of stuff on my laptop, lot's of music, movies, pictures, and sheet music, so i was planning on taking these over to an external HDD using the "Load driver
" technique ( Copy & Paste ). This works, but very poorly. Some file's don't transfer over, and it takes very very long. This is when i tried LiLi & Peppermint3 ( but like i say, it wouldnt boot )
This is really beginning to worry me now! I could probably take it to a shop, but i definatly would rather attempt at fixing this myself. My plan is to take all my files over to the external HDD, re-install windows, and then transfer files over, but this is proving hellishly difficult.
I'm beginning to think i'm going to have to bite the bullet and just start fresh, which would be terrible as there is year's worth of photo's etc ( im sure you all know how it is ).
My last option that i was considering doing ( unless any of you have any other idea's ) is in the "System Recovery Options", select "Recovery Management", which will restore factory default.
In this menu, there is an option for "Completely restore system to factory defaults" (nooooo!), or "Resore O.S and retain user data" .. This sounds alot more appealing to me. It say's it will only restore the O.S to the factory defaults and that files from my user accounts will be transferred to C:\Backup. It will not remove persistent viruses or malware ( which to my knowledge isnt a problem anyway, it's the registry )
I should probably add this is something called "Acer eRecovery Management".
What do you guy's think, is this a viable option to go for? I'm really worried about losing my files. I never really trust these things and would feel alot safer manually transferring my files to an external HD. Furthermore, it doesn't exactly say which files will be backed up, only files in my user accounts. Would this extend to things like my music, pictures, movies & documents? If not, how do i create a backup of them if i cant boot windows?
Windows was pre loaded onto this machine, i have no CD/DVD's ( other than the Startup recovery disc i burned! )
Opinions / help please!!
I have replaced peppermint3 with Debian live 6.0.7 (KDE) and have managed to boot it up successfully. I can't get into the "Acer" Folder to start moving my files ( is basically saying access denied ). I also havn't installed Debian fully yet, as it is telling me that it will format whichever drive i decide to install it on ... help?