Last week while browsing the net, my laptop (winxp on safeboot) started misbehaving and lost network connectivity which seemed to be malware attack. After multiple network repair attempts I decided to reboot the laptop, but that was the last time I saw it working. After reboot, I logged into safeboot as usual and winxp started to boot. But midway it threw blue screen and rebooted. Since then the status remains the same, after safeboot login winxp starts but crashes midway. I am a corporate user of safeboot and my support staff tried to recover the data using BartPE and code of the day but according to them the windows partition is no more visible.
( NOTE : To be on safer side I created clone of my laptop disk last month using EaseUS Disk Copy, a freeware)
Due to the amount of data I hold on that laptop, decided to install the above clone disk in laptop rather than original disk being wiped out and reimaged. Now I have safeboot & winxp working, atleast I could resume my work with a month old clone. Now in an attempt to recover data I connected the original disk to an external USB casing. That's when I started seeing weird behavior. On connecting that USB disk to laptop, system is not able to access the disk at all to the extent that USB disk is not visible to windows disk manager. Also disk behaves as if it has severe disk issues. But if I boot laptop from this USB disk, safeboot starts successfully and after auth even XP starts to boot up, but crashes with same blue screen.
Now what are the odds of recovering data from this disk. I can see the partition details on disk if I boot from EaseUS Boot CD, but support team says they do not see any partition after booting from BartPE. I cannot access the disk connected on USB, whereas I can boot off the same USB disk, login to safeboot and can see XP crashing at the same stage. Please suggest. I desperately need data from this disk.
Thanks, Sanjay Kumar