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Hey all,

So the story is that my brothers laptop just suddenly stopped booting into Vista.

I have managed to do the startup recovery on the drive, however this is a far from perfect recovery as It is still hit or miss as to actually booting into Vista and I while I do have better success getting into Safe mode, its still not 100% success (and takes like 5-15 minutes per boot).

I have managed to recover most of the pictures on the system However there is about 10-12 gb of photos that the system will simply not access, instead, causing system lockup. This also happens when trying to copy the files in command prompt.

Is there any tools that would allow me to pull those photos (wheter they are corrupted or not?)

Thanks for the help
    
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I think you can connect this hard drive to your system somehow as a secondary drive and then use your system to pull these files off. But if you can connect the drive but still can't get the files, then you can use Recuva:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

http://download.piriform.com/rcsetup139.exe

However, I doubt it'll really work any other way. Although, I suppose it could be worth a shot just so you don't have to open the laptop.
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I would personally just download a small version of linux (like pendrivelinux) and boot it off a cd or usb, then you can just navigate to what you need and copy and paste it onto the flash drive or cd.
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Try taking the drive out of the laptop and connecting it to another computer and accessing it that way. Or try using a linux live cd.
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I would personally just download a small version of linux (like pendrivelinux) and boot it off a cd or usb, then you can just navigate to what you need and copy and paste it onto the flash drive or cd.
Good idea. It will also to a load of the hard drive, if it's failing, booting up is not likely to help.
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I do have several Live CDs for linux available, I will give that a shot.

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Is there a specific live version of linux that would work best?
    
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Is there a specific live version of linux that would work best?
Not really, just use anything with a gui, and I guess something that will automatically mount the drive for you. Any of the more popular distros should work fine (ie ubuntu, fedora, solaris, whatever else).
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I found mint was no good but having some success with KDE Fedora 10
    
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I have had to do the same exact thing your trying to do and used ubuntu live cd to access hdd and recover all the doc's and pic's for a customer with 100% success. Give ubuntu a try, worked for me.
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