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W2k Paging file not creating

HI,
i recently ghosted (using ghost 11) a w2k machine onto a new HDD. The problem is that when the system boots i can log in and then get a page file error. Saying that it is too low, or doesn't exist. I have removed the drive from the computer and accessed it on other machines, XP. How ever i can't see it there- pagefile.sys.

I have tried deleting the pagefile.sys file, thru recovery console. As per Microsoft's instructions. I have tried a repair of the OS thru recovery console, both fast and manual types. When i log on i get a network re-connect fail (it isn't plugged in) then nothing else on the screen. This happens in both normal and safe modes.

I have also tried to set a page file on the XP machine and transfer it back over onto the W2k machine. No luck. There are some bad sectors on the old HDD that i ghosted off. The same problem was happening on the old HDD. Could it be something to do with the boot sector being locked?  

I have already looked at most of the responses i can find. The only option i can see is a re-install. How ever i would like to avoid this if possible.

Thanks.
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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
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eke-the-electronAuthor Commented:
That would work if i was able to do anything once logged into windows. I have no start bar, no icons.
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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
try the windows key and e
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eke-the-electronAuthor Commented:
no go, no keys seem to do anything. i think it has to do with my permissions. I can see the drive in XP has ownership by my computer. But am unable to set ownership over to everyone. The only people listed are accounts on my PC. I might try and add the user from the other computer and give her ownership?
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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
have you tried booting in safe mode?
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eke-the-electronAuthor Commented:
tried safe mode, tried last config, tried debug mode, all come up the same. think i might be up for a reinstall.
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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
sorry my mind is now corrupt...... afraid I agree reinstall
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James MurrellProduct SpecialistCommented:
Thanks for the points sorry the fixes didnt help
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