Is the host computer for the problem drive formatted in NTFS or FAT?
I can't get XP Home to boot up and I'm hoping someone has some advice. I get the following message: Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
1) I can't use system restore because XP doesn't even boot.
2) I printed off the article (307545) on Microsoft's site to fix this problem which involves going into the recovery console and replacing the registry hives. However, when I get to the DOS prompt (in XP recovery console) when I try to get into the windows folder it tells me Access is Denied. I think the whole windows folder is not being recognized at all. In fact, I can't do anything here without getting a message stating Access is Denied. So this seems to be a dead end.
3) I took out the hard drive and added it as another drive on another machine I have and ran a program called GetDataBack to try to recover some docs and THAT didn't work either. And if I use the second machine to look at the problem hard drive it tells me the drive is not formatted and wants to go ahead with formatting it.
I'm out of ideas short of bringing it to a shop. Do you guys think I'm just screwed? Or have I missed trying something?