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#1 poolturtle

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 01:17 PM

My Compaq Presario laptop locked up on me, and after shutting down, it wouldn't start up again. Kept cycling thru the boot up cycle. The short story of it is that the ntfs.sys file was corrupted, along with the ql2300.sys file (which was keeping me from accessing the recovery console.)

Anyway, after ordering the recovery discs from HP (I had neglected to make my own upon purchasing the computer), and downloading Killdisk to wipe the drive(the recovery disks wouldn't even start up without wiping the drive completely) I attempted to reinstall XP, but it kept giving me "cannot copy file" messages on literally dozens of files. In some of the messages, it said something about the setup file not being a valid xp copy.

I didn't wipe the recovery partition, could that be causing the error? and is it ok to do it? I'm not worried about losing any info. There was nothing on there I cared to keep that I can't reinstall later.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Note: The recovery discs are supposedly specific to my computer's serial #

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 07:40 PM

If you have recovery CDs/disks...what purpose could a recovery partition serve?

I've never had a system with either...recovery CDs or recovery partition...but I think one would do and the other would be superfluous.

I'd rather have the CDs/disks.

My experience with ntfs problems...is to obliterate that whole partition and start with a clean hard drive...format with the XP CD/create the partition...and install.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:02 AM

Some HP's require the recovery disks (that you make) in order to access the recovery partition. The recovery disks from HP shouldn't have this need. They also are "tattooed" to your model - so an attempt to run them on another system will generate an error telling you it can't be used on that system.

Normally using the recovery disks from HP is a smooth process. This indicates to me that there's another problem. I'd suggest trying a bootable diagnostic test (usually free) from the manufacturer of your hard drive.
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