A few days ago I started up my machine, and it booted up just fine. Only problem was everything was moving EXTREMELY slow. From the log in screen to starting up programs...It all took more than twice as long to get going...so I decided to restart my machine. It got to the XP Loading Screen and after about two seconds, restarted again..
This time, it took me to the screen where I choose If I want to start Windows normally or go into Safe Mode. Neither option worked. No matter what I picked (Normal or Safe Mode) it would restart and take me back to that screen. So I tried "Last good configuration". That gave me this message: windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM.
So, I managed to find an .iso of the recovery console, burned it, and booted from it. It loaded up just fine. I got into the recovery console and initially tried to run a system restore, however, I kept getting an access denied error. So I did some research and found a few spots that told me what to do to get past that Access Denied error...I got up to a step that said to type: ren system system.bak However, when I typed that I get a "The system cannot find the file or directory specified" alert...
I also tried the chkdsk command. That ran fine, but did not fix my problem.
I really don't know what to do. Is my hard drive done? And if so...Is there anything I can do to at least salvage some of my files?
I tried using Knoppix, and for the most part, it worked fine. Booted up with no problems, and I could view my hard drive. I went into the Program Files using Knoppix and saw programs that I installed, etc....The problem is, most of my Music, Video and Picture files (Most of which I had stored in folders on my desktop) are no where to be seen...Anyone know why? Is there anything else I can do or anything else I can use?
Any and all help will be much appreciated.
Edited by GTS, 17 February 2010 - 05:22 PM.