fix xp hdd in external drive caddy

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andywit

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Hi
Windows XP, probably Home version, would not boot into either safe or normal modes. Used live media to check condition of the hdd and also removed a couple of Trojans again using a live bootable anti virus disk.

Since then opted to use the Recovery console and attempted to "fixboot c:" but oops now cant even use the recovery console. The issue is "c:\windows\system32\config\system" file corruption. Maybe it is simply a question of copying files to ****.old or .bak and recreating them but from which location?

Because the recovery console will now not work I removed the hdd and loaded it into an external caddy and can now see its BOOT BACKUP & RECOVERY partitions with all of the directories; although the backup partition is pretty much blank :), and the recovery partition has stuff but nothing obvious to attempt

The question is what to do I do to try to make this hard drive bootable again :)

Any suggestions gratefully received. TIA
 

andywit

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Sorry for the delay in replying, I've got an XP PRO disk (GRTMPFPP_EN) with SP3 slipstreamed , but cant be sure that the hdd, in question, is loaded with Pro as opposed to Home; assuming that there is a significant difference between the two. Also got XP Home with SP3 but its from Dell for my netbook not the Medion tower PC in question. I might be able to get my hands on the original disk though :) What do you have in mind?
 
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Does this PC have a recovery partition.......sounds tho you need to do a fresh install........
 

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Thanks for your help and advice, I can feel a complete reinstall coming on.
 
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