Corrupted hard drive :(

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
January 31, 2009 at 14:26:01
Specs: Windows XP, Pent4/2.4g
Ok so I have recently figured out my hard drive is well a failure I bought it used its an 03. I believe its a dimension but cant remember what version honestly Im at work typing this up because I cant access explorer.exe on my computer to repair my hard drive. What Ive basicly got here is corrupted registry that wont let me access recovery console or reinstall windows from CD.

Im running winxp sp2 however I repeatedly get a stop error messege that microsoft doesnt add to the support center.. If I cannot access explorer.exe or run recovery console then I cannot recover the missing files. The error messege is "** STOP Error 00x00007B" something close to that I also recieve "Missing file hal.dll" when I goto run setup but I shouldnt be missing it seeing as Im not running it from HDD Im booting from CD-ROM as I have it set up in bios.

I know Im missing windows files important ones at that so just trying to figure out how to reformat it by some other means.

My hard drive is a Western digital SATA HDD roughly an 80g HDD. I dont have a spare SATA to run a reformat that way otherwise I would and it only accepts SATA drives. Basicly my question is am I doomed to having to buy a new HDD or can I fix this somehow. Thank you sincerely.


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#1
January 31, 2009 at 14:36:25
It sounds like you aren't successfully booting from the CD, and it's actually booting from the hard drive. Check the bios to make sure that the CD is first in the boot sequence.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#2
January 31, 2009 at 14:43:03
yeah I only have 2 things to boot from and HDD is the last on the list CDROM is the first which is whats causing me to go bananas. ^^

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#3
January 31, 2009 at 14:48:32
If it's a Microsoft CD, you have to watch the screen carefully. You should get a line at the bottom of the screen that says something like 'Hit a key to boot from the CD'. You only have a couple of seconds to do that or it will bypass the CD.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#4
January 31, 2009 at 15:51:53
"What Ive basicly got here is corrupted registry that wont let me access recovery console or reinstall windows from CD." A corrupt Registry has nothing to do with being able to run Recovery Console or run a Windows Repair OR reinstall.

Right after post, you'll see in the upper right-hand corner two function commands: F2 to Enter Setup, and F12 to load the boot menu. When the boot menu comes up, select the internal CD drive and make sure the Dell Reinstallation CD is in the drive. Then, watch the screen carefully, and press any key to boot to the CD when prompted.

Select the option to setup windows, then run a Repair NOT Recovery Console.

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To have to beg you to see
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#5
January 31, 2009 at 16:17:31
Thanks Ill try that when i get home.

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#6
February 1, 2009 at 11:39:52
Ok so tried what was said and I still get the error stop and hal.dll seems I will be needing a new HDD I have 2 xp home cd's 1 is burnt the other is the actual reinstall from dell dont know what else to do really thanks for all the help. It also hasnt been getting to the setup screen at all it loads the files then right before Id get to the prompt screen to choose recovery it puts up the stop code 00x000007B which is basicly a hardware issue as far as microsoft support goes.

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#7
February 2, 2009 at 21:52:08
Well i'd say ither your HDD is dead.. or you might need a new motherboard. and the best thign to do is select a new installation of the software form the CD. instead of going into the recovery database.

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#8
February 3, 2009 at 13:49:48
Getting a new HDD friday thanks for all the support but the HDD is basicly no longer usuable.

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