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Old 12-15-2006, 10:39 AM   #8
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Default Re: Reputable data recovery shop?

Originally Posted by Raffaz
Ok first thing, is data recovery isnt cheap, i think you pay per MB that they recover. I would sugest using a data recovery program like getdataback, this is an excellent piece of software, its not free, but IMO it out performs any of the freebies available, and its never let me down yet. There are 2 versions available, one for FAT and one for NTFS. Also give these 2 solutions a go

HAL.DLL is Missing - Updated by MVP Alex Nichol

Option 1:

Boot from your CD and follow the directions to start Recovery Console. Then:

Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
DEL C:\Boot.ini
BootCfg /Rebuild

Option 2:

Boot from your CD and follow the directions below to start Recovery Console.

Insert the Setup compact disc (CD) and restart the computer. If prompted, select any options required to boot from the CD.
When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts; choose the repair or recover option by pressing R.

If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot system, choose the installation that you need to access from the Recovery Console.
When prompted, type the Administrator password. (if you didn't create one try pressing enter).

At the system prompt, type Recovery Console commands; type help for a list of commands, or help commandname for help on a specific command.

Most likely you will need to expand the file from the CD. The command would be expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll. Substitute d: for the drive letter of your CD. Once you have expanded the file type "exit" to exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.


I think I've attempted all of the above without success(don't know if I did them correctly), but I'll give it another try. I'm a newbie at most of this, so I really never know if I'm doing it the correct way or in the correct order. I'm thinking it's something very fixable, but I really don't know. The last thing I want to do is spend hundreds of dollars if I don't need to. I'll give the options a try again this evening.

For option #1- Do I type in the first command just like it says?

Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini

Thanks for your help. -adam
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