Hard drive failure after Windows XP defrag

By jeh513 ·
I did a defrag on my computer. Let it run and came back to find it on the boot up screen saying Windows did not shut down properly. Tried the safe mode and it hung. Unable to boot and asked to hit Ctrl-Alt-Del. I have another exact same machine (E-machine T6212). Using it to boot from and it will recognize the drive is there but saying paramaters are incorrect. Diagnosis is corrupted master file table. How do I recover the hard drive? Do I take an image of it to another drive and reformat the 'bad' one (Seagate 160GB 7200 RPM drive)?

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by jonwerdal In reply to Hard drive failure after ...

I have a similiar problem except I shut down during Error-Check ...Hopefully we can both get an answer. I dunno thow, most pc repairmen get money off this problem (around 100$), so we may not get an answer because that's the secret of their trade.You "COuld" reformat If you had another pc with the exact same OS.By copying all your Sys32 files from the old hardrive into the new one. This could replace all the missing ones and fix the corrupted ones. Maybe It will work, but you should wait for an answer first.

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