I recentley had some problems with one of my SATA hardrives that has my OS on it on my desktop computer.
I managed to buy an external docking station and run a scandisk and fix all the errors. There were many!
I plugged in the drive to see if it would boot up but it got so far and then reset back to reboot.
I then followed the microsoft knowledge base doc on restoring corrupted system files as before I repaired the drive I was getting an error on boot up (the following files are missing or are corrupt C:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SAM etc etc) I don't actually know if this error was correct or if I'm having a serious hardware failure in the drive, thus throwing up false issues.
I copied an older set of system files in order to get the machine up and running again and then do a system restore.
The problem is on boot up. It simply won't. In either normal, Safe or Domain restore mode it gets so far and then resets to reboot.
Any ideas? Do you think the corrupted files repaired during the scandisk were too much for it. Is there a way of at lesat getting the OS up and then I can restore?