So, I was transferring a 4GB file from a data HDD to my windows HDD, and trying to run Microsoft update at the same time, when update decided to give me an error. I thought whatever, and closed IE... upon doing so, my windows crapped out and voila - BSOD.
when rebooting I got the infamous corrupt or missing hal.dll error. Naturally, i tried booting from the windows cd and getting into recovery mode. But again... BSOD!
Now I'm getting ticked off. So, I start doing some research, and all the "answers" require me to get into the recovery console - which I can't!
I decided to attempt a reformat/reinstall - guess what? BSOD when it was trying to scan the drives.
Well, I had a random 20GB HDD lying around that I decided to install XP on to see if I could access the crap HDD. After XP finished installing, I reconnected the HDD but XP would only load to the splash screen, then go black, and reboot.
So, I imagine my HDD is dead... or dying, and while the data on it was not crucial, I would still like to salvage some things. Any ideas on how to access that HDD from another XP install or from the boot CD? Can I somehow replace the hal.dll file?
Before you suggest it... "Kelly's" page doesn't have the answer I'm looking for - requires me to use recovery console!