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invalid boot.ini file error on startup

noobie asked
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I get the following error when trying to startup my system:

Invalid BOOT.INI File
Booting from C:/winnt/

I tried to repair the installation with my win2k pro cd, I tried to install again over the current installation, and I tried putting this drive as a slave and try to backup the files, with no luck. The data is very important to me, months worth of work. Once I get the data extracted I can just format and install the OS again.

Help is much appreciated.
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