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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Dec 06, 2006
    Is there anything i can do to save my old laptop? :(
    I plan to buy a mac regardless of whether or not i get my old laptop fixed. ive had jsut about enough with windows and my magical puppy loving laptop

    but i have some precious info that i need from my old computer..

    so basically
    PLEASE HELP ME!! if u can

    the other day i got a virus and my computer just mysteriously shuts down.

    when i try to turn my computer back on it prompts me to choose a path

    if i want to go into safe mode, use last known good settings, or open windows normally, etc.

    safe mode doesnt work, when i try to go into safe mode it gives me several lines of unrecognizeable gobbledygook that looks like this: //]]/\\131asdsjalak

    when i try to use last known good settings it attempts to go into windows but then i get the dreaded blue fatal error screen message , it goes on and off too quickly for me to read what it says and then it makes my computer shut down

    the same thing happens when i try to open windows normally

    is there ANY way i can save the content of my computer???????

    usually when i do "last known good settings" it works, but not this time!

  2. #2

    rcltrh's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 16, 2006
    Macbook Air, 20" iMac 2.17 Ghz 1GB
    There is, but it is a very detailed process to go through for the non-techie. First question is what version of Windows were you using? XP, 2K, 98? Regardless, you basically need to boot with a cd and get it to a "dos" prompt where you can run some utilities to get the virus disabled. Depending on which version of Windows you have it is either very easy, or not so much to get it there. Once there, "sysclean" is a good program for cleaning modern viruses using a startup cd and just that program. You have to know how to get it into that mode though and must use startup disk or cd.

  3. #3

    novicew's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2006
    Hamburg, Germany
    MacBook Pro | iMac(2.1 G5) | MacBook(2.16 C2D) | MacMini (1.67 CD) | iPhone 4 | iPad (3rd Gen)
    There is also another method.
    1) Download an Ubuntu Linux image and burn it to a CD(should be bootable).
    2) Insert the and boot from the CD.
    3) The CD will boot into Linux environment and will display all the content/partitions on your HDD on the Desktop.
    4) You can copy whatever you need into a external HDD (fat32 formatted) or transfer it through a FTP client to any other PC/Mac.

  4. #4

    wicker_man's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 15, 2006
    Caught somewhere in time...
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz/4GB/250GB, G4 Cube 450MHz + 17" Studio LCD
    Or, you could buy an external firewire/USB caddy (2.5") and take the hard drive from your old laptop and connect it to another computer then copy your documents off.

    If you are going to be using a Windows machine, make sure you have an AV scanner to make sure it doesn't infect the other computer.
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz, PowerMac G4 Cube + 17" LCD Studio Display, 2x1TB WD My Book Studio (FW800)
    iPod Classic 160GB (Black), 3rd gen 40GB, iPhone 2G 16GB + Denon AH-C551K
    NAD C370 + B&W 686 + Grado SR80

  5. #5

    eric's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 04, 2006
    twin cities, mn, usa
    i'm with wicker_man.

    then you can format it and use as an external drive for your new mac.

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