XP Hd won't boot

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Crabby

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I have been unable to get a Hard disk(My Primary) to boot -
I have another disk that I have built out to boot the
system (it will boot if it is attached w/o the Primary), if I attach my primary disk as a slave to the system the PC will not boot at all - in both cases it goes to the Splash screen and hangs up.
I created an XP boot disk by the instructions listed in
the support section - and get the error:

windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt:
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
please re-install a copy of the above file.

I would love to, however, if I try to get to the repair
console, I hit "R" and the screen clears and the silver
line hits the bottom of the screen says
"Examining 76317 MB disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on Atapi... "
and the system freezes up.

I have tried the disk in master and slave mode, it always
freezes it up.

System is up to date on SP's

Dell tells me that from what they can tell that the Disk is in good shape, but XP has failed - I don't care about the OS, I just want to recover my data off of the HD.

What the heck can I do to get this dang drive up so's I can recover my files???
Thanks in advance
David
 

Crabby

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Looks like the same problem THELORNE is having below.....XP issue???
 
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