what's dead? The following file is missing or corrupt... hal.dll, ntoskrnl.exe, Ntfs.sys
Posted on 2011-03-21
I'm wondering if my computer's hard disk, windows XP op sys or something else has failed:
I was out of the country for a month. My laptop ran for 25 days in my office, then failed. Upon returning I saw there was an error:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file."
If got that to recover with CHKDSK C: /r and/or from the recovery CD, the expand command. Also ran the expand for the next missing file:
expand <cd-drive>:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ <hd-drive>:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Now its complaining about \system32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
What is it? Am I looking at a failed drive, corrupted windows, both or something else?
I have a backup (on Carbonite) but would prefer to copy may many needed files off this drive if possible.
Any suggestions appreciated.