About 3 months ago, we [IT Team] purchased a Toshiba Portege Z835-P360 UltraBook for the CEO of the company I work for but he brought it in this week because he was getting the blue screen of death. Blue Screen of Death can be anything, so we [IT team] did all the basic troubleshooting on the machine to get it up and running without re-imaging it again. Again, it’s the CEO laptop and you know he has information on the computer that he needs ASAP.
- Boot into safe mode = failed
- Boot into recovery mode = failed
- Pxe Boot into MDT and run DaRT = failed
- Boot into the Windows 7 DVD = failed
Now, you can remove the memory and see if the memory is bad? Not really, the laptop comes with 4GBs of memory, but 2GBs are embedded to the motherboard. So that means if the physical memory that can be taken out is not the bad one, we have to ship it to Toshiba for support [7-10 business days and a possible reformat of the HD].
Note removing the casing of this laptop was crazy; we needed to have TamperProof T7 bit to remove the middle screw. We got the bit to unscrew the base of the laptop and test the memory theory; that was an epic failure. So we had to ship the laptop to Toshiba for repair with no backup of the SSD [Solid State Drive] because we couldn’t get into it.
As a backup, we purchased another Ultrabook to set it up for our CEO. We received the laptop this morning and wanted to test out one more theory and that’s the SSD of the bad laptop. We took out the SSD of the blue screen laptop and placed it in the new laptop so we could go in and get the information. Again, EPIC FAILURE which tells us that it’s probably the SSD.
Now, while I was packing up the broken Toshiba, it came to me that Ubuntu is able to run on CD bypassing the hard drive because I’m not installing anything all I want is to view the OS Disk. I downloaded the Ubuntu ISO file and burned it into a DVD [I got the desktop version – no need for the command prompt version; no fancy stuff :)]
I placed the DVD into an external DVD drive because this Ultrabook doesn’t have DVD player, F12 the laptop when it was booting and picked the option to boot from the DVD. My luck, it booted and I got this:
I picked “Try Ubuntu” because it runs directly on the DVD without making any changes to your computer :). Once I was on the desktop from there it was all good because I was able to see the OS Disk and navigate to C:\Users\ASmith folder and get everything :).