Windows XP crash after instal of 2nd hard drive, disk fail 7

December 18, 2012 at 15:55:15
Specs: Windows XP, 3 MgH/1 GB
I have Dell Dimension 5150 that I want to convert to a security system. It had a hard drive that worked fine and the system ran Windows XP. I added a 2nd SATA hard drive to be used to store security footage. I have a Geovision DVR card ready to be installed. After installing the 2nd hard drive, the system didn't start properly and a message about a missing DLL file appeared.
I tried to start normally, in last good configuration, and in safe mode and none worked. I then unhooked the SATA cable for the new hard drive and that didn't help. I then checked the boot menu in BIOS to ensure it was booting to the original HD and it was. I even tried other boot options to no avail. I also ran hard disk diagnostics and the original disk drive showed a fail with code 7. The disk was partitioned and maybe that caused some problems. After trying those options, the following message appeared:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\System32\Config\System".

I have the Windows XP product key, but not a recovery CD. I don't care if I lose the data on the hard drive because I want to delete all but Windows anyway. Is there a way I can reinstall Windows XP by creating a boot disk rather than buying another version of Windows? Do I need to buy another hard drive? I've read conflicting reports on the disk failure code 7 regarding whehter it is a physical drive problem or a repairable file problem. I realize that XP is on the way out, but my security system will not be connected to the internet, so I don't think that is much of a concern for me. Thank you.


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#1
December 18, 2012 at 17:12:39
What it sounds like to me is that folder you mentioned got corrupted with some driver installs and that prevented Windows from starting. This is common with video cards and newly added hardware unfortunately.

In regards to your question about buying another version of Windows compared to creating a boot disk, they are essentially the same thing; except the boot disk will only work on your system and comes with it. It's usually on a partition on the hard drive you can activate to get it going. Is there a button during startup for activating this?

If the answer to the above is no then I'm afraid to say it, but yes, you will need to purchase a CD. You can get them real cheap though, go to newegg.com and type Windows XP w/SP3 OEM; you can get it for $100.

I hope this helps!

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#2
December 18, 2012 at 17:33:49
Thank you. I tried to find that partition on the hard drive, but I wasn't able to access anything related to that. To clarify about the boot disk only working on the system it came on...so if I try to download a Windows XP boot disk from the Microsoft website, will that not work? Would it have to be specific for a Dell Dimension 5150, or even to my specific PC? Would Dell be able to sell me a boot disk just to get into Windows and then input the product key?

Or if none of these work, I will either buy a new operating system or a new computer. But couldn't the same thing happen to the new system when I install the hard drive or the DVR card? Thanks again.


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#3
December 18, 2012 at 17:42:12
Microsoft has many different kinds of boot disks available and I'm not sure if something like that is available on their site. However, if you do find one, be sure to download the same version as the one you had previous so you can use the key.

It wouldn't have to be specific to your computer type no.. an operating system is an operating system, they're not machine specific :)

Dell will most likely be able to sell you a boot disk, however, I am not sure how much that would be. If it turns out to be near or around $100, it might be worth while to just grab a Windows cd itself of newegg as I brought up.

Buying a new computer it honestly sounds like to me is not needed. It honestly sounds like you just need an operating system. So you have a few choices here.. you can check out Microsoft's website and see if they have any downloads you can use to install the OS with, hit up Dell for a boot disk, or purchase a Windows cd.

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
http://www.sbccrew.com
Serving the South Bay Since 1999


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#4
December 18, 2012 at 18:24:47
Okay thank you. I was thinking of a new system only because I thought I would need to buy a new operating system and a new hard drive, but it sounds like the hard drive may just be corrupted and could be fixed with a new operating system install. I found Windows Vista (the newest compatable with the DVR card I have) for $90 from Amazon. Is the following what is needed for a new install as long as I download any newer service packs for free?
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

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#5
December 18, 2012 at 18:28:37
I would not get Windows Vista.. that operating system is a time bomb just waiting to go off. It's very unstable and full of bugs.

I would personally go with the operating system you had before as that's what you confirmed everything works on. If you can't find one, I would go to Windows 7; but I would also verify that you have the minimum hardware requirements to run it.

Jonas "Jackal" Lear
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Serving the South Bay Since 1999


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#6
December 18, 2012 at 18:38:57
Okay I didn't know that about Vista. I can't get 7 unless I return the DVR card. It's a shame they sell XP for so much even though it is going out. I can get a new computer for $300 or $100 for WIndows XP. If it wasn't for the DVR card, I'd spend the extra $200 for a new computer.

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#7
December 18, 2012 at 19:48:14
Boot disks are free, OS disks are what cost money, unless you're willing to switch over to Linux? If you only have 1GB RAM, I wouldn't recommend Vista or Win7, especially 64-bit versions. And XP lacks drivers for SATA drives so it's a bit tricky to get it installed.

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...


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#8
December 18, 2012 at 20:06:02
Do you know where I can get the boot disk for free? Is it from Microsoft's website? I have never used Linux but use Windows daily, so I'd prefer not having to learn a new operating system. Also, I'm not sure how the DVR card would work with Linux. Thanks.

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