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DIsk Read Eror Has occured...registry error?

I was running ad aware and my computer froze up while it was doing a scan. I noticed it froze in a windows folder but it was frozen so i couldn't do anything...so I restarted my comp to get a pxe-61 error.I couldn't log in on safe mode or anything. The error message "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM" I eventually selected the option to use last good configuration, and now all it says is disk read error.

I put the XP CD in and choose the repair console. Sometime it gets me to the command prompt, other times it freezes up and lines go across my screen like my screen was failing but it isn't.

When i do get into the command prompt, it doesn't prompt me to log in or anything. I tried using a guide on microsoft's site, and it wrote to type md tmp, it said access denied. Typing logon did nothing.

I want to see if i can recover any of the files on my hard drive before reformatting it(if thats even possible). I can do this by either fixing this problem, or buying another hard drive and doing a fresh windows install on the new hard drive, then somehow get the files off my old hard drive onto my new one.

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  • blizz420 Jan 08, 2009

    Thanks, but I tried this and it didn't change anything. I think the issue came from when it was scanning my HD for adware, was in the middle of scanning a system file and froze up. My guess is it messed with the registry or system files and won't let windows boot up at all. The original error of pxe-61 hasn't shown up for a while now. After that it was a missing or corrupt file as i mentioned in my first question. I can't really access the repair console anymore as the screen just fades, from the left side to the right side untill its white and the text that appears just after pressing R while it says "Examining 57323mb disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi..." across the bottom.

    At this point i'm just trying to salvage my files. I think what i'm going to do is buy a new hard drive from newegg(any good quality brand suggestions?) Doing the HD test in bios results in fail, doesn't really even scan the HD just quickly says fail. Like i said this all happened after i was scanning for adware and it froze on a system file. Does a fresh install seem like the best option? How do i go about recovering files if i install a new HDD...Do i need to do it on a desktop or can i do it on a laptop?

    So in summation, I need to know if I should go ahead and buy a new HDD, install windows fresh and try to recover my files later, or if more likely than not i can repair this hd and keep all the same files. I'm personally leaning towards buying the new one...


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Hi there
you need to check the system memory as this can cause problems of the type you are having, take the memory out, clean the contacts with a standard pencil eraser and also clean the memory slots with a clean dry paint brush
post back if you still have the same problems

kind regards

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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