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ok, so i cant boot my computer because i get the message, "windows/system is missing" during boot up. i guess my only option for now is to reformat it..(currently running everything at stock btw)

my question is: can i get a sata controller card, hook it up to my older pc via pci, and transfer/back up my sata hdd files from there?

im thinking of getting this one by the way:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816132007
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have you tried to boot into safe mode?

what exactly is missing? the windows OS? i've never seen that message before.

try booting into the recovery console and doing fixboot and fixmbr

as far as recovering goes
you can also try using like a live linux cd (like knoppix) and boot off of it and try to recover files using a usb stick or external harddrive.

you can also try your sata pci card and connect it to another computer, but lol don't you have any friends around you? just connect your hdd as secondary on their computer and recover your files.
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have you tried to boot into safe mode?

what exactly is missing? the windows OS? i've never seen that message before.

try booting into the recovery console and doing fixboot and fixmbr

as far as recovering goes
you can also try using like a live linux cd (like knoppix) and boot off of it and try to recover files using a usb stick or external harddrive.

you can also try your sata pci card and connect it to another computer, but lol don't you have any friends around you? just connect your hdd as secondary on their computer and recover your files.
yeah, i'd do all that.
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do i need linux already installed to run knoppix?

or

can i install ubuntu or something and retrieve the files that way?
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no, it is a live cd. so just put the cd in and boot from it, it runs straight off the cd and lets you access your hdd like storage drive. you can use knoppix or ubuntu.
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Well you really don't have to reformat it. Try putting in the Windows CD and doing a "Repair".

See if that works.
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no, it is a live cd. so just put the cd in and boot from it, it runs straight off the cd and lets you access your hdd like storage drive. you can use knoppix or ubuntu.
HE is RIGHT! the OS is completely on the cd, when you boot in to it, it runs off the cd and install some on your ram.

you should be able to access the files on your harddrive.

if you have xp

my documents should be on something like

c:\\ documents and settings\\user name\\-----all your user files (desktop,my documents) should be here---
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sweet.. ill give it a go.. thanks guys
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good luck!

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