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I have a corrupted windows/system32/config/system32 on my hard drive. I tried everything I could to repair it. I have another hard drive that I put in. Both HD's are running XP. The drive letter for the second/good HD is I:...If I disable the bad HD in the BIOS it boots fine off the good one. When I enable it in the BIOS it trys to boot from the bad one. The bad one is listed in the BIOS as SATA 0...the good one is listed at SATA 1. I don't see how or where I can change the order. I want to get my pictures off the bad HD if possible. Thanks

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  • mitch_mcl Aug 02, 2009

    In my BIOS there is no way that I can see to change the boot order of the hard drives. I don't see where I can change the good HD to SATA 0 where the bad HD is.

  • mitch_mcl Aug 03, 2009

    In my BIOS there is no way that I can see to change the boot order of the hard drives. I don't see where I can change the good HD to SATA 0 where the bad HD is.

  • mitch_mcl Aug 03, 2009

    I tried swapping them around and the drive letters remained the same. XP must put something on the HD I am guessing. I also swapped the SATA connectors and the drive letters remained the same and it still try's to boot off the bad drive(C:). Even when I have only the good drive connected and enabled it still shows it as the I: drive.

  • mitch_mcl Aug 03, 2009

    I tried swapping them around and the drive letters remained the same. XP must put something on the HD I am guessing. I also swapped the SATA connectors and the drive letters remained the same and it still try's to boot off the bad drive(C:). Even when I have only the good drive connected and enabled it still shows it as the I: drive.

  • mitch_mcl Aug 03, 2009

    I tried changing the drive letters in Disk Management but XP will not let me...I am an administrator.

    I'll check on the SATA external enclosure...maybe with the USB it will recognize it as another storage even though it may be unusable to boot from.

    Hopefully I can recover my pictures.

    I will never not back up my stuff again I promise...repeat...repeat...repeat...

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You could always buy a external sata hard drive case that will let you get into it if your computers not letting you, they are about $20 on walmart.com

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You have to enter the BIOS and set the Boot Order on with how the computer is going to boot from. Stay alert when power on the computer and see what button to press. Sometimes is DEL, other is F1 or other key depending make, model, BIOS Manuf.

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    Juan Carlos Cabrera Aug 02, 2009

    Let's try another approach. Try interchange the sata 0 to sata 1 and viceversa. On the BIOS no always the setting for Hard Drives are not the same menu.

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    Juan Carlos Cabrera Aug 03, 2009

    Try the SATA external enclosure, or adapter. There are several ways to do it. Because every BIOS is different from each MoBo this case is proving some difficulty. Again, try every menu to find some indication about boot options. I've done dozens of MoBo from all makes and every one have options for booting.

  • Juan Carlos Cabrera
    Juan Carlos Cabrera Aug 03, 2009

    Try the SATA external enclosure, or adapter. There are several ways to do it. Because every BIOS is different from each MoBo this case is proving some difficulty. Again, try every menu to find some indication about boot options. I've done dozens of MoBo from all makes and every one have options for booting.

  • Juan Carlos Cabrera
    Juan Carlos Cabrera Aug 03, 2009

    Try the SATA external enclosure, or adapter. There are several ways to do it. Because every BIOS is different from each MoBo this case is proving some difficulty. Again, try every menu to find some indication about boot options. I've done dozens of MoBo from all makes and every one have options for booting.

  • Juan Carlos Cabrera
    Juan Carlos Cabrera Aug 03, 2009

    I forgot something for you to try again. This I did to confirm on my PC. On the BIOS, where the drive lists, on default they have selected AUTO. Select the one with the corrupt windows and disable like it not have a drive attached. Don't worry, the windows still can access the drive but not to boot from it. 

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    delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

    copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
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    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
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    copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default
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If you get the error:
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\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE
  1. Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
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Assuming it is windows XP here are the steps to fix that error:
To complete part one, follow these steps:
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That means the System Registry Hive has become corrupted.

There are two ways to get back up and running. The easy way which doesn't always work, and then there is the hard way.

Easy Way --- Note that this doesn't always work.
When you are booting your system, press the F8 key during the start of the bootup sequence, meaning after it does the Power On Self Test.

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Hard Way
Boot your system with the Windows XP Install CD, let the system boot into the Setup. Once in the Setup, choose to run the Recovery Console2.gif.

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First, we will recover the System Hive.

Now, type in the following commands with pressing Enter after each line.

md tmp
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Be very careful when you are typing in these commands, one wrong move, and you have, broken Windows XP.

Also, change the C in the commands to whatever your Windows XP drive letter is.

Attempt to boot the system, if it doesn't boot, get back into the Recovery Console and do the following commands.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\software C:\windows\tmp\software.bak
delete C:\windows\system32\config\software
copy C:\windows\repair\software C:\windows\system32\config\software

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Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

That means the System Registry Hive has become corrupted.

There are two ways to get back up and running. The easy way which doesn't always work, and then there is the hard way.

Easy Way --- Note that this doesn't always work.
When you are booting your system, press the F8 key during the start of the bootup sequence, meaning after it does the Power On Self Test.

Once you press the F8 key, you will be taken to a Menu. Select "Boot Using Last Known Good Configuration".

It will now attempt to load Windows XP using a past set of configuration files.

If that doesn't work, there is the next step....the hard way.

Hard Way
Boot your system with the Windows XP Install CD, let the system boot into the Setup. Once in the Setup, choose to run the Recovery Console.

You will now be presented with a screen similar to good old DOS.

First, we will recover the System Hive.

Now, type in the following commands with pressing Enter after each line.

md tmp
copy C:\windows\system32\config\system C:\windows\tmp\system.bak
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Be very careful when you are typing in these commands, one wrong move, and you have, broken Windows XP.

Also, change the C in the commands to whatever your Windows XP drive letter is.

Attempt to boot the system, if it doesn't boot, get back into the Recovery Console and do the following commands.

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