Hello, apologies if this has been answered before but every time I try searching the forum I get a "Forbidden" message when I go to click on topics for some reason
Anyway, a desktop of mine recently got infected with some pretty nasty stuff (Backdoors, rootkits etc) and based on my recent experience with these sorts of malware I decided a reformat and reinstall was the best policy. Using the system recovery disc that came with the PC I let it run and it reformatted and reinstalled windows.
Unfortunately, rather than the PC just starting like its original factory settings, this is where the problems began. First post recovery start up I was greeted with the message "NTLDR missing, press CTR ALT DEL To restart" I eventually managed to fix this by getting a recovery console bootable from a USB drive and copying over a new NTLDR and NTdetect. Next error to come up was the "Boot.ini invalid" and "hal.dll corrupted errors". I fixed these by running bootcfg, Fixboot and FixMBR in the recovery console.
My latest error, and the one that has truly stuck me is "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."
Also worth noting, I can't seem to boot from CDs at the moment, only USB flash drives. If I could boot from CDs I'd just run system recovery again and hope that solved it however as it stands, I'm quite stuck unless I can find a way to transfer the recovery CD onto a bootable USB. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance