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Missing/Corrupted CLFS.SYS file - can I save my files?

:iconmagicmaster87:
First off, I want to state that my laptop having this problem is running Windows Vista Business, but since there isn\'t a Vista forum, I figured this was the best place to post.

Anyways, my laptop was working fine until a couple of days ago. I was just browsing the internet as usual when the screen suddenly went dark. Not black as if it shut off, but as if I had just turned it on and it hadn\'t loaded any colors yet, or something.

I tried to restart my computer, but when I did I got an error message saying that Windows couldn\'t be loaded due to the CLFS.SYS file either being corrupted or missing. I get this same error whether I try to run Windows normally or in Safe Mode. Here\'s what it specifically says:

File: CLFS.SYS

Status: 0x0000221

Info: Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.

I\'ve tried to bring it to my college\'s tech center, but they merely gave me a recovery disk and said that I\'ll basically have to start over from scratch, meaning I\'ll lose all my files, and even this recovery disk isn\'t guaranteed. I\'d rather not lose everything, so is there any way I can at least save some of the files, whether by transferring them to another device or by preventing them from being overwritten?
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:icondeshrubber:
deshrubber Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:lock:
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:icondeshrubber:
deshrubber Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Necro thread! :zombie:
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:iconmagicmaster87:
Why was this topic bumped? I made it well over two years ago...

Is there any way to have a topic locked or deleted?
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:iconlucasvn:
Request a thread closure here:
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:iconnehem24:
Wish i could fix it...
but its impossible...
thats why Macintosh's profiting
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:icondoctorv23:
The quickest and surest solution is to burn an Ubuntu 10.10 live cd [link] and boot the computer with it (trial mode will do fine). You should be able to access your Windows partition directly and transfer your files to a flash or other external drive with no difficulty at all. You don't need to know anything about Linux to do this.
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:iconnehem24:
Same what happened here Magicmaster..
So unlucky, i just reinstalled everything in my laptop..
Even had the microsoft prof2010 <joy> ..
After that, 0xc0000221 happened... <anger>
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:iconjoebob777:
Boot from one USB drive and transfer your files to another one.
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:iconmagicmaster87:
Just any USB drive will do? Or does it have to be a specific one or have specific files on it?
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:iconjoebob777:
It will need the boot files on it. Here's a guide.
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