Error at bootup -
Stop: 0x0000007b (0X82079850, 0X000009C, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)
The system -
Dell Latitude Laptop, Model PP01L - C640 Series System
Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional
File System: Fat32
Used Windows 2000 CD and tried:
Returned with "appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems"
Tried fdisk /MBR and Fixboot command thinking maybe a boot sector virus but nothing changed
Tried dir of C: and got "an error occurred during directory enumeration"
I tried a repair to see if I can install Windows 2000 in same directory but got message "non-standard or unformatted disk", it then asks to reformat.
Successfully booted with windows 98 boot disk and can see files
Ran scandisk which returned "Bad data at cluster 0, cannot fix"
Flashed BIOS with newest version
At this point I'm still not getting past the error...my question is:
If the FAT is damaged, does this mean that the hard disk is damaged?
If this is so then would it be possible to:
Use Ghost to make an image of the hard drive (partitions)
Reformat hard drive - to fix bad cluster?
Copy image back to see if this fixes the problem
I also noticed the laptop gets very hot which may be the problem or part of the problem - such as defective hardware.
At this point I can ghost image or copy the C: directory to save the data (hopefully) - haven't tried yet - so all won't be lost.
Any help greatly appreciated, thanks!