Thank you for any help you may be able to give, please read carefully
So...my friend has a laptop. A Samsung P28, 1.5Ghz celeron M CPU, 256Mhz RAM. Its about 5 years old and completely crap. It has been since the day she bought it, and became even worse when she sent it back to Samsung for repairs back in 2006.
About 1 year ago it started to die, and now will not start. She has a new laptop but would like her data (pics, vids, music etc) off her old HDD (she's a bit stupid and didnt back any of it up.....for 5 years
The first thing I tried was to take the HDD out of the laptop and put it my PC. Although my PC recognises the data it will not allow me to open the documents folder without administrator permission. It will therefore not allow me to copy and paste any of the data either.
At first I thought the HDD was damaged or corrupt so I ran a HD dignostic aswell as SpinRite for 6hrs and both came up completely free of any errors. I can only guess that the problem lies with a corrupt OS (which is XP home).
The problem is that when Samsung sent her the laptop back all those years ago, they didnt send any of the disks with it, so I dont have any recovery disks. I have my own copy of XP pro, but I have a feeling that wont work...will it?
So today I tried starting it up after 6 months in a box, and I have recieved 2 errors preventing windows from starting:
1) Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning.
Error Status: 0xc0000001.
Please click OK to shut down this system and reboot into Safe Mode, check event log for more detailed information.
I know that this can possibly be resolved by replacing the SAM file from the Windows/repair folder and copying it to the Windows/system32/config folder, but only with a parallel installation of windows, which I cannot install because I dont have the original disk.
2) Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
According the the Microsoft website this can be overcome by starting the windows recovery console again which assumes you have the original disk...which again, I don't.
I have however tried a repair session with my XP Pro disk, but get stuck at the point where it asks for the admisistrator password. I have tried no password, and I have tried all the passwords that were ever used (3 different combinations of 1 word), I get told that all are invalid. I therefore cannot start the recovery console to fix the errors!
Is there any way around these problems? Or should I simply E-mail Samsung and ask for them to send a copy of the OS If I can provide a valid product key?