I am experiencing the problem described at this URL:
"System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start."
This error showed up after I tried to install a new Seagate hard drive. I immediately removed the new hard drive, but the problem did not go away. Now, I cannot boot the computer or login under any circumstance. I figured out how to start the recovery console, but I haven't figured out how to solve the problem.
There is one possible root cause that I'm aware of: When I use the MAP command in the recovery console, it shows partition 1 has drive letter D, partition 2 has drive letter C, and partition 3 has drive letter E. Before this all started, partition 1 was C, partition 2 was D, and partition 3 was E or F. I know that the OS is installed in partition 3, but I have no idea how to fix the drive letter assignments from recovery console. I tried fixmbr and fixboot, but with no luck.
All the solutions at microsoft.com involve editing the registry, but I have found no way to do that in this situation. I cannot login and the computer wont boot onto the network.. even if it did, I'm sure the DC registry would not be accessible.