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by sf1698 / January 19, 2006 10:03 PM PST

Hey there

I recently contracted a virus to my computer. Thinking that I had managed to clean it up succesfully, I switched off the computer and went to bed, big mistake as it would seem.

When I came to restart the machine, an error message appeared saying:

"Windows could not start because of the following file is missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system"

I tried repairing this through the windows XP cd but the cd could not find the OS to repair it.

I have another computer that I thought I could install the hard drive to, clean it up and use it as a slave HD. When I connected it, the computer recognised that there was another HD connected but in My computer I could not open the drive, but instead I would receive a message for me to format the drive.

Does anyone know of a soloution to this? If possible I don't want to format this HD as I have some very important stuff on there. I'm thinking that maybe I have done something wrong when I plugged in the HD in to the other computer, maybe I have to do something else??

Any advice is will be very helpful. Thank you

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Did you catch the name of the virus?
by Steven Haninger / January 19, 2006 10:10 PM PST
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This might help determine it was a boot sector or file infection type. You might want to get the driver manufacturer's utility program and do a diagnostic and full erase proceedure with that before formatting. As such you might be able to rule out possible problems with the magnetic media on the platters.

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no...!
by sf1698 / January 20, 2006 6:58 AM PST

Unfortunatly I didn't catch the name. I will try finding the driver manufacturer's utility program. I take it that will most probably be found on their website?

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Try a former reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2006 10:13 PM PST
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something like that happened to me before
by Connor565 / January 20, 2006 7:58 AM PST
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something like that happened to me before. It wasnt nearly as serious though. I just restarted my computer and it ended up working fine again.

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Yea, me too
by tomfeldsten / January 20, 2006 3:52 PM PST

But it wasn't nearly as bad.

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(NT) (NT) And no backup either ...right ?
by VAPCMD / January 21, 2006 11:26 AM PST
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