My friends Dell computer has recently come up with the error message while booting, "Corrupt or missing file, Windows/config/system - You can repair this by loading the windows disk and pressing 'R' to repair" (or something along those lines.)
I Have had this same error before, and after reading up on it none of the remedies seemed to work. I could not for the life of me get my computer to access the CD drive let alone boot from it and I couldn't get into anything through the F8 safe mode options.
In the end I thought stuff this, took my hard drive out, plugged it as a slave into another computer, searched for a copy of the system.ini file, and took the most recent one and put it where it should be.
The result, one working computer.
So after already going through this, I give it all the Charlie big potatoes "Yeah, I know what to do, give it here, I'll have that working this evening for you!"
Thing is, what I didn't realise was that his hard drive was a SATA. I could plug that into my computer but once booted, even though it was recognised, I can't actually do anything to it. It just spins a lot then asks if I would like to format it!
I did a bit of searching on the internet and I think I may be right in saying that I have to install drivers for it. But I searched the Maxtor site only to find Maxblast 5, this again wants me to format the drive if I am to install it.
So, am I to take it that one SATA drive can not be re-homed into another computer as a slave with all the information on it?
Can I not just get in it to manage the files, ie put the System in the right place?
Is there anyway this problem can be resolved without formatting the HD and being sent back to Dell?
If I do need to format this Dell, SATA HD, is it going to be a case of simply booting off the windows disk as normal to re install it, or am I going to face problems? (Obviously I don't want to have to format it then say, "Sorry mate I can't install windows on it now!"
Sorry for the long message, hope you made it this far, I would be very appreciative of a good answer. My IT knowledge is usually pretty good so please don't treat me like a newbie.