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STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}


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#1 hostile17

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 11:27 PM

Hello. 

   

Long story short, dropped something onto my old Dell Latitude D610 laptop and it restarted itself.  Now it won't boot up, and all I get is a blue screen with the following message:

 

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STOP:  c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

Beginning dump of physical memory
Dumping physical memory to disk:

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I rebooted into Windows Setup with an XP CD I have, but can't find any option to start the recovery console??

Trying to avoid reinstalling Windows and/or losing data.

 

Please help.  Thanks.


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 11:43 AM

FWIW:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/307545#/en-us/kb/307545 , please note the reference to OEM systems.  Dell is an OEM.

 

Dell guidance:  http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN130053/EN#Error

 

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 07:07 PM

Thanks for reply.  Will look into those links.  Here's the error I'm now getting, btw:

 

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 12:54 AM

A friend of mine had an adapter, so I plugged the HDD into USB port of desktop PC and it was recognized, but 'didn't install properly'.  It can be found in device manager, but under properties it says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)".  Can you please recommend any [free] programs than might be able to detect and read 'unreadable' drives and possibly recover data?  Thanks again.


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Posted 15 July 2015 - 08:14 AM

If the hard drive was placed as a USB-connected drive on a different computer...and cannot be read...I would run a hard drive diagnostic on it, before going any further.  You can try the following hard drive diagnostic (after reading the guide).

 

Guide, SeaTools For DOS - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

 

SeaTools For Windows Download - http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-win-master/

 

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