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Laptop fails to boot. How can I salvage the hard drive?

Inspiron 1420 running Vista

Today, I started it up and it stopped at a black screen with only a cursor. After a couple tries it would also hang at the Windows boot animation. I ran the diagnostics (smartdrive IIRC) and it returns read errors.

So is the drive toast or can it be repaired?

If it’s toast, can I boot from a CD and get my data? For example put a Linux Live CD (Knoppix – http://www.knoppix.org ) in the optical drive.

ps weeping for my itunes
Would it be possible to just repair the OS or is this the sign of imminent failure anyways?

How do I set my partition table with testdisk to salvage data from a linux damaged partition?

I have (or better put, used to have) a dual boot setup of my laptop. The hard disk crashed and left me with some data to save, unfortunately the partition is inaccessible with many things I tried, including live cd’s (now I’m under Ubuntu live). I am using testdisk, and this is the table:

D HPFS – NTFS 0 1 1 9728 254 63 156296322
D FAT32 LBA 1803 1 1 4255 254 63 39407382 [NO NAME]
D Linux 4256 0 1 9543 254 63 84951720 [/]
D Linux 4256 1 1 5806 254 63 24916752
D Linux Swap 5807 1 1 5997 254 63 3068352
D Linux 5998 1 1 9728 254 63 59938452 [Linux_home]
D Linux Swap 9544 1 1 9728 254 63 2971962

My data is on the partition starting at 5998. Almost anything I try seems to be illegal. How can I resolve this mess?
Thanks…

What is wrong with this hard drive?

My computer restarted the other night and afterwards I got a “DISK BOOT ERROR PLEASE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRES ENTER” message. I loaded up a linux live cd and I’m able to access the hard drive and salvage my data but I am not able to format the drive. When I attempt to format it doesn’t start, then gives me an error message.

Laptop fails to boot. How can I salvage the hard drive?

Inspiron 1420 running Vista

Today, I started it up and it stopped at a black screen with only a cursor. After a couple tries it would also hang at the Windows boot animation. I ran the diagnostics (smartdrive IIRC) and it returns read errors.

So is the drive toast or can it be repaired?

If it’s toast, can I boot from a CD and get my data? For example put a Linux Live CD (Knoppix – http://www.knoppix.org ) in the optical drive.

ps weeping for my itunes
Would it be possible to just repair the OS or is this the sign of imminent failure anyways?

How do I set my partition table with testdisk to salvage data from a linux damaged partition?

I have (or better put, used to have) a dual boot setup of my laptop. The hard disk crashed and left me with some data to save, unfortunately the partition is inaccessible with many things I tried, including live cd’s (now I’m under Ubuntu live). I am using testdisk, and this is the table:

D HPFS – NTFS 0 1 1 9728 254 63 156296322
D FAT32 LBA 1803 1 1 4255 254 63 39407382 [NO NAME]
D Linux 4256 0 1 9543 254 63 84951720 [/]
D Linux 4256 1 1 5806 254 63 24916752
D Linux Swap 5807 1 1 5997 254 63 3068352
D Linux 5998 1 1 9728 254 63 59938452 [Linux_home]
D Linux Swap 9544 1 1 9728 254 63 2971962

My data is on the partition starting at 5998. Almost anything I try seems to be illegal. How can I resolve this mess?
Thanks…