Error: Unable to load operating system

Hello ~

While running SpinRite v6, I experienced a power failure.  When I rebooted my computer, I receive an error message immediately following the post: "Unable to load operating system".

I'm running W2K which has been fine.
SpinRite DOES see the HDD, which seems to respond fine.
I can boot from the W2K CD.  However when I requested the OS repair, the repair app. replied it could not find an installation of W2K to repair(!).  - I do not have an emergency repair disk.

I'd appreciate your ideas.  I would r-e-a-l-l-y like to avoid reinstalling everything.

Many Thanks, Jacob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
I would try re-running SpinRite to completion, then run  ChkDsk  /F   from the Windows CD using the first repair option (console mode) then try to reboot.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
RobWill ~

Thank you for your prompt reply.  I really appreciate it!

I'll do that.  I did a level 2 check - right after this happened.  No errors / no repairs - still would not load the OS.  So, I've begun a level 4 scan.  If that doesn't do it, I'll try ChkDsk /F.   Actually..........  I think I'll try ChkDsk /F now, as SpinRite will take 8+ hrs......

I'll keep you posted.

Many Thanks, Jacob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
I haven't had your problem after running SpinRite, then again I haven't had a power failure. <G>
But, twice I have had failed drives that wouldn't boot and I could not run ChkDsk at all. Ran SpinRite (8-48 hours) then had problems similar to yours. After running ChkDsk at that point, boot up with out a problem. Somewhere on the SpinRite site it actually recommends that, perhaps the forum. Not suggesting it is the magic pill, but may help. Good luck.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
OK ~ I interrupted SpinRite to run chkdsk and received the error message:  "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."  Great.  'Looks like SpinRite may be my best chance.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
I received your post after sending my last one.  I have resumed a level 4 scan.  We'll see tomorrow.

Thank you for your ideas and support!

Best Regards, Jacob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If looking for some additional "reading material" while waiting, I have found some good information on the SpinRite forum when you have problems. Takes some digging but you may find some related errors and/or problems.
http://www.grc.com/groups/spinrite
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
Mmmmm  ~ Thanks, good idea.
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
RobWill -

I ran SpinRite again at level 4, over night.  This morning, when I ran ChkDsk the returned error was: "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."

If I attempt to list the directory of C:\ w/ Dir, the error: "An error occurred during directory enumeration." is returned.

I appreciate your ideas.  Fortunately I have most of my data backed up, it would be great to find a way around rebuilding it though.

I'd appreciate your additional ideas in light of this information.

Thank you for your work.

Best Regards, Jacob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Jacob, if SpinRite and ChkDsk won't resolve the problem you may be "up the creek". I am not a hardware specialist by any means, so you might want to put a 20 point question in the hardware forum, with a link to this question, to see if any hardware guys have any better suggestions. However, my next steps would be:
-If there is any data you wish to recover, get a copy of GetDataBack from:
  http://www.runtime.org/products.htm
Run the application and see if you can recover what you want. It is free to that point. If it finds and shows the data as recoverable, you can buy a licenses on line and insert the license key and continue the process
-Download the drive diagnostics for your drive from the manufacturer. Run the tests and see if the drive may actually be bad/defective/dead
-If dead see if there is a warranter and return
-If it shows as OK, try again doing a Windows repair install. Sometimes you can after running ChkDsk
-Last resort re-format and start over.
--Rob
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Chi Is CurrentAuthor Commented:
RobWill -

Many thanks for your assistance here.  I want to tell how how I decided to go.

I did take a look at GetDataBack - which is clearly an amazing app.

Since I use a partitioned drive w/ my OS and apps. onC:\ and all my work files on D:\ (and the partition tables are in tact!), I decided to reload my OS and all apps. - a task, but it could be worse.  And I have very recent BACKUPS of most everything.

Again - Many Thanks!

Jacob  
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks Jacob.
Nice to hear you had back ups, so often it is a sad story. I would still recommend downloading the manufacturers drive diagnostic  software at some point. All manufacturers have it on their site for free, and they do not altar your existing files. It is possible the errors were caused by a failing drive. Running the diagnostic will verify that the drive is OK or if there are problems.
Good luck,
--Rob
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