|Hi there, |
I've not had this problem in a long while but for some reason this seems more serious.
I have a computer running WIN XP SP3 that I use for writing music. It has no internet etc. Just music software and no access from the outside world, except external harddrives I use to copy music from to email/send to people on my laptop. My laptop is virus free and I'm just saying that now before I get a ton of messages about Viruses.
I was moving some files around yesterday evening and while copying a big file from my main hardrive (C) to another harddrive it crashed/hung. I left it a while but nothing happened. So I pressed the cancel button and nothing happened, then the computer turned itself off! When it restarted I got the heart sinking message of "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" So, I know from this my SAM is corrupted.
I've had this message before a couple of years ago and I created batch files and recovery txt files to run from the repair console/command prompt once I'd booted off my CD.
BUT, when I boot off my WINXP CD it just gives me the three options of 1.enter to install, 2.C to create a partition and 3.D to delete. It's saying the partition1 on my main drive is "Unknown" ... Which leads me to a question.
Has my master boot record been corrupted? When I restart the machine, I don't get any error about missing OS or missing formatted drive etc...just the message about missing SYSTEM file. When I try to boot in safe mode (all three options) It runs the first three or fours sytem files and then hangs for a while at SYSTEM then moves on to SYSTEM.alt and then gives me the error again. (listed above)
I'm wanting to know if there is anyway I can boot to command prompt using my WINXP CD or some other means. I have no idea what has gone wrong with this drive. I'm hoping it's not starting to fail and therefore not reading from the bootsector anymore. I did get a couple of "Cyclicredundency" errors while copying other files. They are always a serious worry.
Any help/advice would be amazing. I have a reasonable knowledge of windows so please feel free to suggest trickery! Also,I have access to a separate laptop to make Boot CD's and do other configuration if needed.