rejrob wrote:.Hopefully find someone to lift the details from hard drive,if only for pictures of daughter.
I had a similar problem. Windows got corrupted and wouldn't boot.
Get someone to burn you a copy of Linux Knoppix to CD and have a usb key ready, the bigger the better.
Boot pc but stop it from booting into windows by pressing F8 usually (you'll see the chioces onscreen before windows boots if it is another F key) so you can change the boot up sequence.
Change boot up sequence to CD/DVD drive FIRST, this will boot now from the Knoppix CD instead of off the hard drive when you reboot.
So reboot pc with the Knoppix CD now in the CD/DVD drive.
Now, once loaded, (It might ask you which operating system you want to boot to. Choose Knoppix), you will be using Linux Knoppix Operating system LIVE
from the CD.
It will let you see all your files, so plug in the usb key and now just select the files you want and copy them onto the usb key.
Once all files that you want to keep are copied onto another device (say another pc off of the usb key) BACK THEM UP ONTO CD/DVD!
and put them somewhere safe. I have ALL
my back up disks in a large stucco metal covered CD flightcase.
Every Hard drive and storage device has a limitation on the size of file it can copy. So if you have multiple files in multiple folders that you are try to copy over all in one go and one of the files exceeds this limitiation, the whole copy will be wrong, as you will find some files originally in each folder have not been copied fully over.
So instead of say 50 folders with 100 photo files in each you could be left with 50 folders with say 30 files in 20 folders and the rest empty making the copy incomplete.
Do it in smaller "lots" of files, or if each folder is quite large (1-2GB) try a folder at a time.
And ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS... COPY
and PASTE, DO NOT
And dragging files can also cause problems, even on burnt Re-Writable DVD's. I've had someone wipe a DVD by using the dragging method rather than COPY and PASTE... plonker
Hope it helps.