I have this problem where I seem to have accidentally deleted SYSTEM.INI file from WIDNOWS directory. As a result when the machine starts up, windows doesn't start up, instead I get a message saying that windows cannot find SYSTEM.INI. Insert emergency boot disk and type SCANREG/RESTORE. I created a boot disk from a Win 98 machine (since I dont have access to another milleneium machine) and used that. This did not fix the problem, but atleast it gave me access to command prompt and I could browse thru my directories.
Now I would like to first backup some of the imp files that I need onto a zip disk using an external zip drive and then use the recovery CD to restore everything back to normal.
My question is:I have a second hard drive called D-drive other than the CD drive and DVD drive. I am not sure what its use is. I would like to know if I back up my files onto this drive instead of a zip disk and then use a recover disk, will I still lose the data in that drive or would it all be intact?
If you have any suggestions on fixing my problem please let me know.
If it is, then your D: drive will be labeled SYSTEM_SAV. It contains the files necessary to perform a QuickRestore using the CD that came with the machine. If you have a newer 5000 or 7000 series Presario (white tower), the restore CD that came with it will need these files... you have to contact Compaq to obtain a complete restore disc set that doesn't require these files. It also uses the D: drive to perform user back-ups that you can restore from.
You can copy files to the D: partition, but you MUST make sure you have at least 700MB of free space on the drive; otherwise you won't be able to perform the Quickrestore. Again, this is assuming you have a Compaq Presario... I would think HP Pavillions work in a similar manner as well.
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