Sometimes, while restarting your Microsoft Windows 2000 based computer, you may be at the receiving end of an unexpected error message following which the booting process may be halted and the data in the drive becomes inaccessible. In such situations, you shouldn't take much chances with your valuable data in the drive and should opt for Windows data recovery software. The error message that you receive, can be any of the following:
“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM”
“System hive error”
The above errors can happen if any of the below condition is true:
If a PCI controller card, manufactured by Promise Technology Inc has been installed in the computer and you are installing/starting-up Windows 2000 operating system.
Possible damage to the system hive or it is missing from the registry.
Note: Sometimes, if the registry is large in size, Windows 2000 OS may sometime become unable to load it. This is the situation, when a huge block of data has been written by the write process to the system sub-key and the sub-key indeed is meant to retain only that information, which is needed to start-up the system.
The first and the foremost thing that you can do is to check whether there is any CD, DVD or any other device is connected to the system. Thereafter, you should also check for the correct boot sequence in the BIOS.
Remove the PCI Controller manufactured by Promise Technology. As it has been observed quite a few times that if you have installed a Promise ATA66 controller, you may receive such error. Then, restart Windows 2000 setup, after enabling the IDE controller on your motherboard.
If you failed to resolve the issue with the above step, then, try replacing the backup copy of the system hive. In order to do so, try restarting Windows 2000 from the start-up disk and on the Welcome screen , press 'R' to repair. If asked, give the administrative password and press 'C in order to run recovery console. Thereafter, select the installation, which you want to repair.
Still, if you are unable to fix the errors and the data is still inaccessible thereof, then recover your data from the valid backup and make a fresh installation after formatting the disk drive.
Formatting will wipe out all the data from the drive and you can recover the same only by running any trusted Windows data recovery utility.
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