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Can I repair the OS hard drive from another computer on my c

Something the children have done has crashed my wife's computer. It won't boot up and it will not allow me to do a selective boot up or access any of the restore functions. Further, when I attempt to boot up from the CD (I've tried both, my XP Pro cd and my Norton Systemworks 2005 cd) it loops me right back to the crash error. The error was cannot locate system hard drive due to a corrupt or missing system32 config or sys file.

I removed the hard drive and installed it on my system, which has labeled it D drive. I can access all directories, etc. Is there a way for me to repair or restore her hard drive using my system?

All hard drives: Windows XP Pro SP 2

Many thanks in advance, Rob.

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save all data and format

Save all data on D:\ that you can't do without and format the drive. Then install it back into the original pc and reinstall the OS. Then copy back all the data.

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Have you

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changed the boot sequence in the Bios to allow the CD to be read first?

If you do that, you can perhaps use that computer's Windows installation CD to carry out a repair installation and so not lose any documents. images etc, or have to re-install Windows completely, alhough any other 3rd party applications, eg any anti-virus may have to be re-installed.


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Once I had the same problem

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Once I had the same problem, windows would not load because some file was missing or corrupt and it told me to put in the recovery disk. I put in the restore disk that I got with the computer (because at the time it was the only recovery option I had) and that was it (then I had to download updates and stuff again.) If your wife got a restore disk with the computer I would use that, of course you'll loose everything that your wife or your kids may have downloaded off the internet, documents, and everything, but sometimes it needs to be done if you have got no other choice.

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I trust you tried Safe Mode first? If so,...

In reply to: Can I repair the OS hard drive from another computer on my c that you can access the hard drive, you might want to try the Windows Recovery Console. CAUTION: You want to put the hard drive back in the wife's PC first - after you backup all her data files, etc. while the drive's in your PC.

Go here to read up on the Recovery Console. At worst, you could do a repair install of XP from the console. You might also want to run SCANDISK C: /R from the console just to make sure the hard drive's ok.

The first thing I'd try is this command: FIXMBR C:

But FIRST, backup those files the wife won't want to lose!

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Recovery Console (More)

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(NT) (NT) Congrats. Glad you got it sorted.

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