need to format my hard drive

April 6, 2012 at 10:48:01
Specs: Macintosh
I have xp home on my computer
and somehow the config sys file
got corrupted and I can't even
boot from my original xp disks. I
have tried the repair feature but
the computer just shuts down when
running it.
I just want to be able to format my
hd and start fresh only I can do it
using the xp disk so I need to get
a bootable disk which will allow me
to format my hd so I can reinstall xp.

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April 6, 2012 at 11:46:33
If your system is just randomly shutting down, you have a hardware problem, not a software problem. No specs are listed so we have no idea of the age of your machine, but the problem may caused by overheating due to dust buildup inside the case.

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April 6, 2012 at 13:03:09
Another way to say it is. You need a working XP cd and system to boot to the installation program. If you can't boot then look at those. You say you got to the repair but you may have mixed it up. See the microsoft site for Exact details how to perform repair.

Some systems may need drivers while booting to the xp. At some point it asks to press F6 to add in drivers.

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April 7, 2012 at 00:22:48
Ok when I start my computer it tries to start
windows and then I get error message windows
failed to open because it can not find your
config sys file or it may be corrupt windows\system32\config\system
You should run the windows xp disk and select
the R to try and repair you system.
Ok so when I do this the disk starts to read the
hard drive and various files and the it just shuts down.
If it's the hard drive I can always just replace
it. I just wanted to see if I could salvage this
current hd so that I could either reinstall xp
or just use it for a back up drive.
I have talked to tech's and they say to bring
in the hd and they will take a look to see if it
can be repaired, however they will charge 75.00
whether they can fix the drive or not.
If that is the case then I can just purchase a much
larger hd for about the same money since this is
an ide hd

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April 7, 2012 at 05:49:04
It doesn't sound like it's booting off the CD. Enter the BIOS & change the boot order.

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April 7, 2012 at 20:29:44
Set the boot order to boot from your optical drive first befor your hard drive.
Run Memtest86 from a bootable CD to test your memory without needing to access your hard drive. this will do a couple of things for you. it will tell you if your apparent hard drive issue is actually a memory issue. It will tell you that most of your other hardware (other than your hard drive) IS working.
Run your hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility (or just Seagate's Seatools) via a bootable CD to test your hard drive for problems. This will also be able to fix most minor problems and will tell you if your problem is too great or you have too many segment errors to be repairable.
Then try your repair.
If your memory is good and your hard drive is good or repaired, but the repair is not successful and your install CD will not run, then the install CD is probably bad since the other bootable CD's worked.
If you get errors on your memory, retry with one stick of memory at a time to evaluate which is bad and that it can run if you have only a good stick of memory in the system. No errors are acceptable with memory. Sometimes snapping the memory in and out a couple of times can improve the contact and make things work, but test to be sure. Replace bad memory as needed.

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February 19, 2013 at 07:50:47
windows\system32\config\system indicates a corrupted registry. A faulty hard disk or bad memory can cause a corrupted registry. A repair install will should fix it. However is the disk or memory is bad the problem will recur sooner or later.

Config.sys is not essential for booting Windows XP. It is only there for backward comparability with old MS-DOS applications that used config.sys pretty much the same way as Windows uses the registry.


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