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Hello,
my dad got a problem with his computer and so far I could find out what to do to help him out
We can't get into Windows (XP) anymore, the XP loading screen after the bios hangs. But when we unplug the second hard disk and restart it works... I tried safe mode it also hangs. It's pretty bad because he's got important data on this disk. Also sometimes before this, the computer used to hang randomly under XP... Any ideas?
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First, take the drive to another computer so you can work on it. Preferably one with a lot of free space to store the files you'll be recovering.
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I got my computer available but if the hard disk isn't working on his I thought it wouldn't work on mine..? I can try but I'm skeptical. Thanks
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I got my computer available but if the hard disk isn't working on his I thought it wouldn't work on mine..? I can try but I'm skeptical. Thanks
What has already been suggested is what i would indeed do/ try first and retrieve any data while you still may have the ability to do so. While the suspect hdd is in your rig run HDTune on it for errors/ bad sectors.

Or, download ubuntu live cd and burn to disk and boot with that and access your data and pics for back up.
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I managed to secure the data. I formatted and copied them back, we'll see if the HDD dies but at least we still got a backup... Thanks.
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