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SBS 2008 stuck at scrolling dots

Merry Christmas experts..

I have a big problem.  Domain controller won't boot.  

The OS is server 2008 SBS.

After some troubleshooting, I've determined I have a bad system registry hive.  It is big enough to have enough content stored within it (50 MB) but won't open even offline.  Windows 7 Regedit says, "Error while loading hive" when I try to open it while the drive is attached over USB.

I've tried the copies in the regback folder - same result.  I've tried last known good - no good.

The server attempts to boot but hangs at the scrolling dots.  HELP!!

Are there any good offline registry analsis and repair tools?  I've looked and can't find any!

Thanks..
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Also.. sorry forgot to mention - long story, but no, we don't have a good backup.
Can I do another install onto a brand new hard disk and transplant the SYSTEM. file from that?  Same hardware and same install media.  

I'm trying to preserve as much of the configuration as possible.  (Active directory has about 50 users), etc.
Can you try booting into safemode and selecting Last Known Good Configuration?
That's not an option.  Picking safemode starts the loading process.  Then it shows the files it's loading - stops at CRCDISK.SYS
Possibly try running a repair from the CD
Startrep from the CD just reports corrupt registry and can't repair.

SFC won't run either.  I forget the error, but I can try again and post back.
Truhfully, SBS is so intertwined, which makes i so wonderful when it working, that when it failes it's almost not worth salvaging.  I don't know how big your user count is, but if you're going to attempt a reinstall on a new machine only to move a hive over, why don't you just migrate your current infrustructure over to the new machine?
I don't understand your question.  New machine?  Existing machine isn't broken.  Windows is the only thing with a problem.
Can anyone suggest tools to recover active directory from the failed disk once I reinstall the OS onto a new hard drive?
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Wow!  I just ran UMove on a test machine.  It is an amazing product.

Good job.
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The product I found was key to getting the issue resolved.