Bootcfg /Rebuild Problem

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When I start up my computer an error comes up saying the HAL.DLL file is missing. I have searched this problem and it seems to be a corrupt BOOT.INI file. The main solution I found is to change the attributes on the Recovery Console (Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini), then delete the file (Del C:\Boot.ini) and finally use the command of BootCfg /Rebuild. When I try this I encounter a number of problems. When changing the attributes, I get the message 'The paramater is not valid' or 'The system cannot find the file or directory specified'. I used the DIR C: command to show me the list of files in the C: directory, but only 5 files came up (bootex.log, found.000, ntdetect.com, ntldr, System Volume Information). The same response of 'No matching files were found' comes up to the command to Del C:\Boot.ini. Finally, when I try BootCfg /Rebuild, I get the following response: 'Failed to successfully scan disks for Windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system, which would prevent BootCfg from successfully scanning. Use Chkdsk to detect any errors'. I ran a Chkdsk command as well as a Chkdsk /r command, and everything seems fine. Any solutions to these problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 
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You should be seeing these items as well (directories in Red):
Documents and Settings
IO.SYS
MSDOS.SYS
Program Files
RECYCLER
Windows


When you start recovery console, does it ask you to choose a windows installatin to log into, or just present you with a C:\ prompt?
How large is the found.000 item, and is it a file or directory (directories have the letter d in the first position in the attributes column)?
This is data that chkdsk recovered, and indicates there was some problem with the disk. With the main windows folder missing is would seem it was a big problem.
If found.000 is a folder (not common), the missing folders may be inside, but recovery console won't give you access. The drive would have to be installed into another PC, either internally or using an external enclosure.

You may have to connect this drive to another PC and use recovery software to recover your data.

Free recovery applications (search the forum for recovery applications and you'll find links to many others:

1 - Recover Files
2 - Recuva
3 - Restoration
4 - Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5 - Softperfect File Recovery
6 - Undelete Plus
7 - PCI File Recovery
8 - DriveRescue (direct download link)
9 - Ultimate Data Recovery
10 - Disk Investigator

Jerry
 
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found.000 indicates chkdsk ran and corrected errors. Those "missing" files could be accounted for in found.000 which is why you are not seeing the boot.ini.

Time for a repair reinstall.
 
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