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Sorry in advance for the long post, but I thought I ought to get everything down.

As I went off to make myself some dinner, I decided to defrag my hard drive while I wasn't using it. I pressed start and it came up saying that I needed to run checkdisk. So I went in to command prompt and typed in chkdsk /f.

It said the volume was in use do you want to start on next reboot, I said yes. I restarted and went for my dinner. I came back around 50minutes later and checkdisk was still running. There seemed to be a problem with every single file on the hard drive about the security ID.

"Replacing invalid security id with default security id for file ..."

It did this for around 140,000 files.

Eventually it finished and went to the logon screen. I typed my password in and pressed enter. It took a lot longer than normal to show the desktop and when it did the taskbar was minimized so it was only a couple of pixels high. I can't make it bigger, because I permanently locked the task bar using GPEDIT. So I pressed Windows key to bring up the start menu. Didn't work. I press CTRL + ESC. Didn't work.

I pressed CTRL + ALT + DELETE and went to file » run. And opened GPEDIT.MSC. Nothing was showing up within the MMC it was just blank.

So I decided I would reinstall Windows as it was about time anyway. But I wanted to back up my steam files first. Right clicked copy on the steamapps folder and tried to paste on an external drive but the paste option isn't available, it is greyed out. I also can't drag files either.

I thought it may have been a virus, AVG says no. I tried to install Adaware as it wasn't installed at the time, but it won't install due to a problem with InstallShield. Nothing out of the ordinary in HijackThis.

I though that it may be a problem with some DLL's corrupt or something like that. So I did this in command prompt:

(I changed to the system32 directory first)
for %x in (*.dll) do regsvr32 /s %x

It seemed to go through all right until I then got 250 error messages saying regsvr32 has encountered a problem.

I am stuck as to what to do. There are some documents and files on there but I have the vast majority backed up, so reinstalling wouldn't be the end of the world.

Anyone?
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Could your overclock be becoming unstable?
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Im sure you've tried tis but safe mode? . . also try just using a file recover software (some free online) to grab your steam files and reformat.
 
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That needs a working install of windows to create the .iso file.

Try http://www.knoppix.org/ if you're just looking to back up some things.
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That needs a working install of windows to create the .iso file.

Try http://www.knoppix.org/ if you're just looking to back up some things.
He's posting somehow .. I just assumed he had another computer
>> looking now. . . I think i mis read it and though It could access the data from outside of windows. . like the one I have and cant find.

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Examples of EBCD boot disk usage

Problem: You have accidently deteled one or more files required by Windows to boot normally. As a result, OS does not boot, and so you cannot undelete this file using normal way.

Solution without EBCD: Use Windows emergency boot floppy disk - EBD. You'll be forced to work in DOS command-line mode, without file manager, unable to access compressed files, and - what is most important - you'll be unable to perform file operations on files, which name consists of 8 or more chars, or type has more than 3 chars (for example, ".html").

Solution with EBCD: You boot from EBCD disk and using file manager you do all necessary file operations (copy, move, extraction from archive etc.). Long names are fully supported (both for files in archives and ordinary files on disk). Files which names has non-CP437 encoding, are also correctly processed (now only CP866).

 
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So tired I even forgot about Safe Mode and I have been a technician for 2 years

I can't use that boot cd as this computer I am on doesn't have a cd writer. I think I may just try a repair install without formatting, copy the files over and reformat.

EDIT: I do have a few ubuntu live cds but they only write to FAT32. My backup drive is NTFS and the only other drive I have to put in my external enclosure is extremely unreliable and is waiting to be RMA'd.

EDIT2: Repairing Windows now. It didn't work in Safe Mode so I assume that the check disk started the problem as everything was OK before that. Perhaps by restoring default security IDs it meant that users didn't have access or something Oh well hopefully the repair will work so I can backup then new Windows installation...again
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System restore?
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If you have a lage usb key you might be able to boot from there?
 
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System restore?
I disable it. Whenever I have used it in the past (albeit pre SP2) it hasn't worked properly or made a problem worse.

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If you have a lage usb key you might be able to boot from there?
I do have many USB sticks but I have already started the repair. Once again I didn't even think about my USB sticks....I need to sleep.
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