Ntfs.sys missing or corrupt and PC not booting
Posted on 2008-10-10
When booting up with an XP Pro machine I am getting "Following file missing or corrupt: System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys"
After hunting through this wonderful site and having a chat with my good friend Google, here is where I am:
*Attached the HDD to a different PC as a second disc using an IDE to USB cable and ran chkdsk /r. No errors found.
*Used XP Pro SP2 boot disc to try Repair install, but doesn't even make it to the setup screen. Just finds more "missing" files (eg: acpi.sys, pci.sys and cdrom.sys).
*Hooked it back up to the other PC and manually replaced the ntfs.sys file - Renamed with .old and copy and pasted from the boot disc. Put back in its home and the same error on boot. I should note that the original file was named ntfs.sys, the new file was named NTFS.SYS and the error says Ntfs.sys, although I am sure this makes no difference.
*Attempted using an upgrade disc (straw clutching time) and got the missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file.
*The PC has 2 disc drives so tried the other drive for the sake of ruling out. Still no love.
Kinda stuck and hoping to not have to do a reinstall. If it comes to that, well tough cookies, I spose, but is definitely being left as the absolute last option.
Thanks for any help guys!!