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XP Reinstall/Repair and Private folders

By nanakontihene ·
XP Reinstall/Repair and Private folders
My PC has 2 HDD one is 20gb the other is 80gb, both running WinXP pro. The PC started freezing frequently on the 80gig HD. So I decided to reinstall windows to correct the problem. However, during installation the PC froze and thus it has become somewhat impossible to reinstall without formating the drive. I have some important works on this drive, so I cannot afford to loose them.
I can boot the 20gig HDD and access the sick 80gig HDD but the problem is that the folders containing the files are private and as such I cannot open or copy or them.

1.Can some one help me reinstall/repair the windows without formatting the HDD
2.Or make the folders accessible?

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by ghimpe-- In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

When you say you decided to reinstall windows do you mean you tried to reinstall it over the old version??

What you could try to do is boot with the XP Cd and do a recovery. Be carefull to have a Cd of windows XP with the same Service Pack as the instaled Windows (SP1, SP2 or none)

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by nanakontihene In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

I have tried to reinstall by booting with the XP installation CD, but the system recognises only drive which happened to be the 20gig drive. (normally you see drive C: and from which you choose where to install windows) The 80gig drive C: does not show up in the first drive selection screen. However, when esc button is pressed, drive C: shows up, but the only available choices for it are to format the disk or install a fresh copy of XP. I have already upgraded to Service Pack 2.
Will the fresh copy XP installation replace only windows and leave all other files intact?

In any case when I try to boot with the C: drive the message I get is that "C:windows/system32/config/default" is corrupt or damaged.

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by BFilmFan In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

Is the 80 gig drive being seen in BIOS?

It sounds as if the 80 gig drive has either become corrupted or has failed.

You may have to have a data recovery organization attempt to recover the data.

Without a guaranteed set of backups of the data, you may not recover it.

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by kds1 In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

You shouldn't lose any data by overlaying a fresh copy of xp. Be sure to use a disk that matches the original installation ie;OEM, Retail, or site license.,load the setup files and then choose install xp the first time it asks to "install or repair?. Then when it asks that question the second time, choose repair and this will overlay the XP files without will most likely have to reinstall the service packs and updates again. Warning, if you choose install at the second setup screen it will partition and format your drive and all data will be lost.
FYI: If your drive froze while overlaying XP the first time, you might want to run a checkdisk on that drive.

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by iCreate In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

Being that you are running XP Pro, if you boot into windows on
the 20 gig one, then open any explorer window.

Go to Tools > Folder Options.
Under the advanced tab, somewhere (near the bottom I think,
can't check as reinstalling windows myself now) is a checkbox
labeled 'Use Simple Windows Filesharing' or something similar.

Uncheck that, and then go to the properties of the private folder.
Under the sharing tabs you can then change the folders
permissions to include your user account on the current
windows installation.

I can't remember off hand whether you need to share the folder
and set the permissions, or just set the permissions but I had
the same problem as you and that is the solution I used.

Also, you can run XP setup and when setup picks up the
installation on the 80 gig drive, you will have the option to
repair that installation.

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by wlbowers In reply to XP Reinstall/Repair and P ...

You can do an inplace upgrade to the 80gig if the install disk can recognize that there was an os on the disk.

Log in to the 20gig as the admin and see if you can reset the permissions on the 80gig folder.

Microsoft Knowledgebase Article for inplace upgrade.
XP Q315341

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