Swapped hard drive into a secondary computer and set it up as a Slave. The hard drive said it had to be formatted to work and no information was claimed to be on it. Now I've had it set up as a slave in the secondary computer before and it worked just fine.
Ran chkdsk /r in Recovery Console, which stopped at about 34% saying the rest was unrecoverable. My XP Pro does not have a repair option outside of Recovery Console. Decided (since I back up anything important to me) to just reformat.
When reformatting, it would stop at 97% with file g400.inf and could not copy that or any file after that. Initially assuming it was my cd or cd drive problem, I first cleaned the cd and checked for scratches. Nothing obvious was present beside small scratches. I then swapped the cd drive out with one from my secondary computer. At that point it wouldn't even register that I had a cd drive. Last, but not least I tried another XP Pro cd with the exact same results as the first (stopping at 97% on file g400.inf and could not copy anything past that point). I then skipped every file past that point and it says at the end "Setup can not set the required Windows XP configuration information. This indicates an internal setup error. Contact your system administrator."
Now my computer lately has not been giving me any problems. I haven't installed any new hardware since christmas and the night before this happened I simply shut it down properly like I do every night.
Edited by Magdalena, 01 July 2010 - 10:34 AM.