I have encountered the dreaded ntoskrnl.exe corrupt issue and have tried all the solutions to no avail. There are way too many valuable files (pictures, kids homework, financials) to just re-image the drive. I do not know if there is more than one partition on the drive, it is the factory drive in the factory image. I was thinking, and tell me if I need to stop doing that, that if I purchased a new HDD, installed it into the desktop, hooked it up as the master, put the old drive as slave, and imaged Vista on the new drive, that would allow my system to boot up. I could also backup the old drive data and then be safe for a clean install of Vista. Any assistance on this would be helpful. I am running Vista Home Premium X64.
Just mount the drive in an external case, and attach it to a working system by USB. Copy your data files from the drive.
Ok....that sounds difficult. Our only other working computer is my daughters laptop. What specifically would need to be done to accomplish this.....ie setting up the laptop, and what state does the hard drive computer need to be in to do it? when I start it up it boots directly into the Startup Repair utility that does not repair it. Some sort of instructions on this would be helpful.
This computer is the only computer running Vista in the house, older junkers running XP, newer laptop running 7. I have read horror stories about copying files back and forth between Vista and 7.
You did not tell us the model of your Dell. If you have a desktop, you need a USB 2.0 drive enclosure. If you have a laptop, you need a 2.5" SATA drive enclosure. Plenty of selection here. The enclosure will come with installation instructions.
To get your files, just connect the enclosure to any USB port on a working computer, then open Explorer to view the files and folders. I would use the Windows 7 computer for better compatibility with the enclosure.
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
I have a 500Gb drive coming this afternoon. My plan is to install that drive, set it as the master, and re-install Vista on it as my OS. Setting the old drive as a slave. Then over time transfer the files to the new hard drive and reformat the old drive. Kind of the brute force way of dealing with the problem, but it is the easiest since I am getting the drive for free. Forgot to get the model number, but it is a desktop, and I believe it is in a mid-tower. Will post more later if necessary.
Ok, then you should not need an enclosure. Just install the new drive, install the operating system, then plug in the old drive and try to get your files.
Just a reminder, there is no master or slave with SATA drives.