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    I have a computer running Windows XP that is blue screening with a 0x50 error. The Dell hardware diagnostics are not showing any problems and Memtest did not find any errors. When I put the hard drive into a external USB bay and plugged it into a windows 7 computer that computer blue screened with the 0x50 error. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix the problem or get the data off the drive.

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    Using an external USB caddy should allow you to read the disk. May be the disk has gone to god, in which case so has the data (unless you want to pay lots of money to have it recovered).

    cheers, Paul

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    According to Linux GParted the partition table to screwed up. It recommends that I run ckkdsk /f to fix the problem.

    The partition info is listing bad cluster accounting - 8 mismatches in $Bitmap

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    To run chkdsk you should be able to boot from the Windows CD and fire up a command prompt, then type chkdsk c: /f.

    cheers, Paul

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    Booting from the Windows CD did not work. It blue screened with same error.

    I did finally fix the problem by booting a different computer from CD wwth the bad drive in the external USB carrier. Windows does not like bad boot records as the only drive apparently.

    I am virus and spyware scanning the drive now. It does boot now.

    Thanks for the help.

    John

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