How to Recover Data from Inaccessible Windows XP

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In a Windows system, there are some files like NTLDR, MBR (Master Boot Record) that are needed during system startup. These files are part of the boot sequence and are among the ones that are executed during the boot process. If these files get damaged, then you may not be able to start the system. Such corruption can happen due to various reasons like virus infections, abrupt or unplanned system shutdown, hardware problems, etc. You should try to workaround this issue to perform data recovery. If it is not possible, then you should use a third-party tool to recover the inaccessible data.

Let us have a look at a practical situation in which you have a Windows XP system. When you try to start the system, it stalls during the system startup showing black screen after the POST (Power On Self Test) phase gets over.


There could be the following causes for this problem at the startup:

You may have left a Floppy disk, CD, or a DVD in the floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or the DVD drive.

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One or more system drivers are either corrupt, damaged, or missing. That is why these following boot components are not loading during the boot sequence of the computer:
  • Master boot record
  • Partition tables
  • Boot sector
  • NTLDR file

To resolve this problem, you can try out the following methods for the mentioned issues:
  • Check the storage media: You should check if you have left any floppy disk, CD, or DVD in the system, then remove the media and restart the system.
  • Troubleshoot the system files issue: You can perform the following methods to fix the startup files related issue:
  • Restart the system in the Safe Mode.
  • Create a Boot disk in Windows XP and then try to start the system normally and backup the data.
If you are unable to start the system, then you should start the system in Recovery Console and use the following command to fix the MBR:


Now, try to start the computer. It should work perfectly now.

However, if the problem is not solved then you should reinstall the operating system. But that ways, you would lose important data as you may not have the updated backup. In such case, you are advised to take the services of a third-party y utility. With the help of non-destructive scanning algorithms, these data recovery tools help in recovering all types of data without any damage.

The best data recovery software in the business is Windows Data Recovery, which recovers lost or formatted data from FAT-, NTFS-, or exFAT-based systems. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, 2000, and NT4(SP6), this RAID data recovery software works for various types of storage media.

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