I booted up with an XP Recovery Disc and got to the recovery console.
The only installation offered was D:\MiniNT
So, I suspect I'll have some work to do on boot records, too.
I changed to the C drive and tried to run a DIR and got this error
An error occurred during directory enumeration.
I WAS able to explore the drive while booted up with the OTLPE disc, but I didn't did too deep - just saw that there was a directory structure on the drive and left it at that.
So, I'm starting to see a bit of a pattern. This is the third PC in as many months that family and friends have brought to me with boot problems that end up looking like this. Two of my brothers had similar problems.
The first tried some things first and when I got it, all I could do was wipe it clean and re-install. There weren't even any files to backup even though the disc was reporting that there was something saved there.
The second I was able to back things up before starting over. I did find Antivirus+ and antivirus 2010 infection, as well as others.
Is there something new out there that is infecting PCs and trashing hard drives?
Anyway, that's another discussion. One PC at a time.
Does anyone have suggestions for next steps on this one? Ideally, I'd like to recover it rather than wiping it out. This setup is rather complex - lots of user accounts, they didn't send their OS disc along - they might not even have it anymore or at all if they didn't make their own recovery discs. I CAN launch the recovery partition, I suppose, but I'd like to see if I can get them something a little more than that.
Thanks for any assistance.
I'm going to try to run CHKDSK against the C drive anyway. I doubt it's the ultimate root cause, but it can't hurt to know if the drive is healthy
Edited by dodgechargerfan, 06 March 2010 - 09:36 AM.