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    Angry Attempting Recovery on a VAIO with Ubuntu

    So my Vaio laptop has crashed. I REALLY need to recover my files, and I'm unwilling to use a data recovery service that will cost me $150 - $1500 (as quoted by a Best Buy rep). I am attempting to boot Ubuntu off a CD, flash drive and external hard drive, so that I can access my files, but none work, even if I change the boot order in setup. Instead I get the "Windows did not start sucessfully... start in safe mode, etc." message, after which the blue screen of death appears for a millisecond and then the computer automatically reboots. The model is VGN SZ230P; I got the laptop 2 years ago, and it runs Windows XP SP2, I believe, which was already installed when I bought the computer. If i exclude my internal hard drive completely from the boot order, it says operating system not found. Help?
    Last edited by mellowyel; July 2nd, 2008 at 04:07 AM. Reason: More info necessary.

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    Re: Attempting Recovery on a VAIO with Ubuntu

    Which model Vaio? Perhaps there's a BIOS update available to correct the issue of booting off external devices. Another possibility is to remove the disk from the laptop and plug it in a desktop. If it's a SATA drive, this is very easy. If it's a PATA drive, get an adapter like this: http://www.datapro.net/products/lapt...e-adaptor.html (shop around if you want to save a few $)
    Last edited by Temüjin; July 2nd, 2008 at 05:24 AM.

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    Re: Attempting Recovery on a VAIO with Ubuntu

    It's a Vaio VGN SZ230P

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