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System32 files problem!! Need advice

By bikerjake
Dec 31, 2006
  1. Well here it is....I have 2 hard drives G: drive and C: drive; both have the same OS installed from the same install cd, XP PRO. C: drive works just fine but G: on the other hand won't start windows. Gives me an error message stateing that HAL.DLL needs to be replaced as it is missing or corrupt.
    I thought I would try and do a repair install and that did not work as the setup could not see OS on drive G:. Now what to do....well in my wisdom I thought I would boot into C: and then compare the two system32 folders as I could still see all files on G:. surprise surprise...not only was the HAL.Dll missing!!!! most of the system32 files were gone. Think this was caused by triing to do the repair install...my guess....Anyway my question is this...Can I replace system32 files that are missing from G: with the ones from C:? Or am I SOL and need to do a fresh install after I backup files I want to keep?

    Thanks

    Asus P4C-800 deluxe
    Intel Pentium4 3GHZ
    ATIx800 pro
    Audigy 2 Platinum
    1 gig DDR
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "I have 2 hard drives G: drive and C: drive; both have the same OS installed from the same install cd, XP PRO."

    This makes no sence! Why 2 drives with the same OS installed in the same system. Format the G drive and use it to store, not to run C's OS
     
  3. bikerjake

    bikerjake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Tmagic650, that is exactly what I did...I did not install like that, the people where I bought the computer did after a hard drive crash, caused by ATI software. I started to think a bit and thought "why" my self. Got the situation under control now only one OS and two hard drives all working supurb. Thanks again
     
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