Computer Help forum

General discussion

Is my hard drive gone? Stop :c0000218 error

I have a Dell Dimension 2250 running XP Home. I think my hard drive crashed. When I restarted my computer, the window that asks if I want to start in safe mode, start in safe mode with a command line, start with the last good configuration, start normally, etc.

I don't know the exact wording, but no matter which option I choose, the screen goes to the blue screen saying - stop :c0000218 registry can't load the hive (file) \systemroot\system32\config\software or its log or alternate it is corrupt, absent or not writable. It goes on to say beginning dump of physical memory. Dumping physical memory to disk.

It then goes back to the screen where I can choose safe mode, etc. and then goes back to the blue screen. Over and over.

I was able to test the devices through pressing F10 and got some fails on the IDE Disk saying uncorrectable data error or media is write protected. Under the read test I got several a couple being: result code: 0F00-0244, Block 52250682; verify test result code 0F00-1A44, blocks 6393925, 52211711, and 52250682.

I have tried running the windows installation disk, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any suggestions, any tests I can perform? Thank you!

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Is my hard drive gone? Stop :c0000218 error
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Is my hard drive gone? Stop :c0000218 error
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
I would say

In reply to: Is my hard drive gone? Stop :c0000218 error

I would say it sounds like your file system has been corrupted beyond much hope of recovery short of some recovery service.

If you have access to another computer, you can try buying an external enclosure and checking to see if another computer can mount that drive and give you a chance to pull some data off of it. I wouldn't get your hopes up too high, but we're talking about maybe $20 vs. $2,000 for recovery services if it works. You can also buy a new hard drive at the store the same time you buy the external enclosure... If you can salvage the existing drive, you can just take the newly purchased one back... If it's toast, you are ready with another drive to take its place.

Collapse -
Hard drive gone?

In reply to: I would say

I am not too worried about what I have on the computer. We had backed up our photos. I mainly used it for the internet. Do you think I should just get a new hard drive or am I better off just getting a new tower altogether? Thanks for your help!

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.