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Problem after reinstalling Win XP

by terryjon / July 31, 2007 8:23 PM PDT


I have a 120GB hard drive with windows XP installed on it. It was working beautifully for 9 months.
Last week I had a problem booting the system so I reinstalled windows XP.
Now I am getting an error message saying "system file corrupt or missing" and the system refuses to start.

Is my data completely gone?

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by ctbarry / July 31, 2007 9:09 PM PDT

Did you format and do a clean install or a repair/upgrade?

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"error message" Please.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2007 10:40 PM PDT

That system file missing message when typed into usually finds the answers. But there are a few variations so I'll have to settle for you trying this.

Usually it can be fixed without a reinstall or file loss.


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Right R.Proffitt..
by NightCrawler / July 31, 2007 11:56 PM PDT

Uhm i don't want to be mr. knowsall, but how can he go online, when his computer can't even boot up?
If he got a second computer he might go online and check on Google for the answer...

Best thing is.. make partitions, it's nice to have 120GB HDD, but leave it in 1 partition ask for losing all your data..

Make partitions, than reformat the C Drive, and the other drives..
Install windows XP.. and place your information like games, music, photo's, video's on D or E or ect ect ect... or even use a External HDD

I have learned my lesion when i lost my data... don't make that mistake twice...

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How can he go online? (answer)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2007 12:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Right R.Proffitt..

He posted here so he is online.

Hope this is proof enough for you.

As to partitions saving data, that appears to urban legend. I have a few hundred cases this year and partitions didn't survive.



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