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  1.    14 Oct 2017 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thedarkhorse View Post
    I've been using another computer to extract files to this USB flash drive. And then plugging the USB into the failed computer with no luck.
    On the computer that you are creating the flash drive, what does it show in disk management for the flash drive? It must be FAT32 and marked as active:

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  2.    14 Oct 2017 #12
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    Hey. Your method has worked so far with the BIOS stuff. I used RecoveryDrive and attempted Startup repair and it did not work. I attempted system restore, system image and control prompt (robocopy) and they didn't work...

    I'm going to attempt Kyli's boot disk again. I'll keep you posted.
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  3.    14 Oct 2017 #13
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    Kyli's boot disk worked.

    But I'm not sure what to do next. All my files/desktop seem safe and intact. I ordered the Hard Drive enclosure which is coming tomorrow. Perhaps I should hold off till then?

    Also, I bought a windows 10 disc which didn't work. My windows is 32-bit. This one is 64-bit.
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  4.    14 Oct 2017 #14
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    In my desktop I found the Windows 10 Update... If I update, would all this go away and we're back to normal? All my files/stuff intact?
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  5.    14 Oct 2017 #15
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    In my desktop I found the Windows 10 Update... If I update, would all this go away and we're back to normal? All my files/stuff intact?
    You have no idea what files have been copied where as you randomly interrupted the complex process.

    You can freely download Windows isos and thus create Windows bootable disks.
    See the Tutorial section- search for iso, bootable, and you will find tutorials on downloading an iso, and creating a bootable medium.
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index Tutorials
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #16
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    Hey. I'd just like to say thank you to everyone so far for all the help and support. It is much appreciated. Especially you dalchina. To be honest, I'm very much swimming in murky waters, so thank you for making it simple and easy to do.

    Anyways, today as I wait for my harddrive enclosure. I attempted to do the Windows 10 Update Assistant, but it says I need more Disk Space (8GB). I got rid of 9GB from my HDD, but no luck.

    I'm guessing perhaps I should use Power Data Recovery? Damaged Partition Recovery or Lost Partition Recovery? At this point is this computer beyond repair?
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #17
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    I wouldn't assume you partitions have been damaged or your data needs a recovery program.

    If you boot from Kyhi's disk you should be able to explore your internal disk and view your files and copy them to an external disk.
    You need to rescue any data you haven't backed up first, by whatever means you prefer. Don't start using 3rd party programs for that unnecessarily.

    If you can't configure your PC to boot from a boot disk. then that would be a problem, as you need to do that to do a clean install/

    For a clean install, you need to download the iso, then create a bootable disk. You then boot your PC from that disk and commence the installation procedure.

    Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    (Or burn the iso to a DVD if you have a DVD drive)

    To learn from this: you need a good backup strategy, and to start using disk imaging routinely so you can easily recover.
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #18
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    Hey, I am going to attempt the clean install. However, just as I turned on broken PC, it took me to a blue screen with troubleshoot and the option to reset the PC (and keep the files).

    I tried this and it said "the drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."
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  9.    4 Weeks Ago #19
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    If you clean install properly, you boot from installation media (not your internal drive) and wipe everything related to Windows (but not any data partition.

    Why are you still booting from your corrupted internal hard disk?

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  10.    4 Weeks Ago #20
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    Hello again.

    I'm currently using the Windows 10 Media Creation tool to do a clean install...

    However, when I get to - which type of installation do you want? I click on upgrade (and the upgrade option isn't available) and then the custom option where it lists partitions...

    Do I format or delete a partition to continue?
    (I click on it and it says: this partition might contain important files or applications from your computer manufacturer. If you format this partition, any data stored on it will be lost.)

    Partition 4 is 439GB.

    Not sure what to do next?

    Any help would be very much appreciated.
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