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25-02-2008, 10:10 PM
I have an old computer that I am trying to find a way of recovering some files from and transfer to my new computer. My old computer is coming up with the following error:

Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt


It then asks me to insert the original set up floppy disk or CD Rom to repair. Unfortunately I no longer have the original set up disk.

Is there anyway I can get past this and recover my files (mainly family photographs)? I would really appreciate any advise anyone can give me.

Speedy Gonzales
25-02-2008, 10:14 PM
Connect its hard drive, as a slave to the new computer.

The new one should then detect it and it should appear in my computer as another hdd.

Just make sure to jumper the old one as slave and configure it in the BIOS (put secondary or primary slave on AUTO in the BIOS).

25-02-2008, 10:41 PM
You could also borrow another Win2k cd, and repair the original drive/computer.
You may have to do this if your old drive is a PATA drive (with a IDE cable/interface), and your new computer has only SATA connectors and no IDE sockets on the motherboard (a probable scenario); you could get a IDE interface card to plug into a PCI slot to get around this ;)
There is a possibility that the Win2k harddisk is becoming corrupt, in throwing up errors like that, might pay to bear that in mind, you might not be able to recover files from it; worth a try, though might be safer to take it to a data recovery specialist (though thats quite expensive, $hundreds$).

25-02-2008, 11:34 PM
And for some excellent advice on jumpers see here http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=87536